- According to a study by the UK government, coronavirus infection in England is doubling every seven days.
- Scientists at Imperial College London estimated that the rate of so-called ‘R’ infection is now 1.7.
- ‘R’ or fertility rate refers to the average number of people from whom an infected person passes the virus.
- Any data on one risk triggers a rapid increase in infection.
- He said the spike in infection could be due to people returning to work and increasing social interaction.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ban on social gatherings of more than 6 people this week.
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The number of coronovirus infections in England is now doubling every week, according to a study by the UK government, which found that the so-called ‘R’ rate of infection has now risen to 1.7.
‘R’ or fertility rate refers to the average number of people from whom an infected person passes the virus.
Scientists at Imperial College London tested 150,000 people between 22 August and 7 September and found that infection rates had gradually increased from their low point in June.
They found that the number of cases of coronovirus in England is now doubling every 7.7 days, the highest rate of infection among young adults 18–25 years old.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been encouraging British people to return to their offices in recent weeks.
However, scientists reported that the increase in infection could be due to “a more general increase in the number of vacation trips, return to work or social participation and transmission capacity”.
Overall the total number of estimated infections is lower with only 0.13% of those being randomly tested, being found positive. Of these, 65% did not exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing or in the preceding week.
Separate figures from the official national trial this week have found a similar spike in infections, as well as increased hospitalizations.
Statistics from the Office of National Statistics estimate that there are currently around 3,200 new coronovirus cases every day in England, outside of hospitals and care homes.
Sufficient for National Statistics (ONS) (@) September 11, 2020
Johnson concluded after announcing a ban on social ceremonies of more than 6 people, aside from limited exceptions.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a ban on the gathering of more than 6 people, but excluded children under 12 years old.
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