5 Jun 2020

UK virus deaths pass 40,000, as government says reproduction rate holding steady

The government’s scientific advisors believe the R number, or reproduction rate, has held steady – and remains below one.

It’s the all important figure which shows whether the epidemic can be contained or could spread rapidly again, but the government’s scientific advisors believe the R number, or reproduction rate, has held steady – and remains below one.

However figures from Public Health England suggest it could be close to one in some areas, including the South West and North West of England. Separate figures show the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 appears to be going down – to an estimated 5,600 cases a day.