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UK COVID-19 R rate rises to 1.1-1.4

FILE PHOTO: Paramedic's with a patient at the back of an ambulance at St Thomas' Hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - The reproduction “R” number of COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom has risen to a range of 1.1-1.4 from last week’s figure of 1.0-1.2, the government said on Friday.

“An R number between 1.1 and 1.4 means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 11 and 14 other people,” it said. It added that the number of new infections was growing by 2% to 7% every day.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge

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