Covid R rate now as low as 0.8 as cases drop in 87% of England


England’s R rate has fallen significantly to 0.8 to 1.1, as data shows cases are falling across 87% of the country.

The current R number means that every 10 people infected with Covid will go on to infect 8 to 11 others.

Any rate above 1 means the outbreak is growing in the country and anything below 1 means the virus is in decline.

Last week the number was 1.1 to 1.4, indicating a substantial drop in the rate of infection, according to the UK health security agency.