The South West’s R rate range is now the highest in the UK as infections are growing faster in our region than anywhere else.

Figures released today (April 30) show our transmission rate is now 0.8 to 1.2 – up from last week’s 0.7 and 1.1.

It means that on average every 10 people with Covid will infect between 8 and 12 others.

The national rate has also increased and now stands at 0.8 to 1.1.

Both the East of England and London regions’ R remained at 0.8 to 1.1.

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The South West’s growth rate has also increased this week and now stands at -4 to 1 per cent – this compares to -6 and 0 per cent last Friday.

This means the virus is now shrinking between 4 per cent to growing by one per cent per day.

The national growth rate shows the virus is still shrinking across England, as it is below one: -4 to -1 per cent.

This estimate is provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Sage has said that R estimates now span 1 for England and some NHS England regions.

But it added these estimates do not necessarily mean R is definitively above 1 and that the epidemic is increasing, just that the uncertainty means it cannot be ruled out.

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