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England’s R number remains unchanged at between 1.2 and 1.4

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England’s R number remains unchanged at between 1.2 and 1.4, according to latest estimates.

The weekly figure – produced by the scientific advisory panel SAGE – was at the same position seven days ago.

R represents the average number of people each person with COVID-19 goes on to infect, so every 10 people this week will infect approximately between 12 and 14 others.

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When the figure is above 1 it indicates the outbreak is growing exponentially, while below this point means the epidemic is shrinking.

The rate at which cases are growing in England is between 3% and 6% per day – unchanged from last week.

It comes as separate data showed the Delta or Indian variant now accounts for almost all of the UK’s coronavirus cases, according to Public Health England.

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Some 33,630 cases of the variant were recorded in the last week and PHE said “the most recent data show 99% of sequenced and genotyped cases across the country are the Delta variant”.

Last week, the Delta variant made up 90% of COVID cases across the UK.