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Regional lockdowns could be set to happen over R rate warning

12th Jun 20 4:17 pm

The Scientific Advisory Group and Emergencies (SAGE) who advise the government have warned that the R rate could have risen above 1 in parts of the UK.

SAGE have said that in the South West the reproduction rate of coronavirus is between 0.8 and 1.1, the government have previously said if the R rate goes above one then a lockdown will be implemented.

Despite what SAGE said, the Government Office for Science, say this number is most likely estimate is in the middle of the range for the South West.

London, the South East, North West stand at 0.8 and 1, whilst the North East and Yorkshire range between 0.7 and 1.

The R rate value represents the number of people that one infected person will pass coronavirus on to others.

Elsewhere SAGE have said the R rate is between 0.8 and 1 in England, whilst in the UK it is between 0.7 and 0.9.

Scientists have previously warned that if the R rate does go above 1, then the number of cases will exponentially increase starting a second wave.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously said their could be regional lockdowns if the R rate goes above 1.

Hancock said, “You’re right that the R is closer to one in the South West and in the North West, the advice from SAGE is that R is below one in all regions.

“However, we want to increasingly have an approach in tackling local lockdowns where we spot a flare-up.”

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