SAGE has released it’s weekly estimate of the COVID-19 ‘R’ rate in the United Kingdom, with it remaining at between 1.1 and 1.3. The estimation is the same as last week, with the rate in the Midlands also at 1.1 to 1.3.

The R number is one of many indicators that scientists use to determine how quickly COVID-19 is spreading.

In England, the rates are estimated to be:

East: 1.1 to 1.4

London: 1.1 to 1.3

Midlands: 1.1 to 1.3

North East and Yorkshire: 1.1 to 1.2

North West: 1 to 1.1

South East: 1.2 to 1.4

South West: 1.2 to 1.4