According to the UK Health Security Agency, the range of reproduction “R” numbers for England’s COVID-19 virus has dropped to between 0.8 and 1.1. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has reopened the economy, which may mean that cases are shrinking.
When an R number ranges between 0.8 and 1.1, the infection will be spread to 8 to 11 people on average for every person infected, whereas last week it was 1.1 to 1.5.
The UKHSA said the figures represent the current situation in England 2-3 weeks ago. The daily growth of infections was estimated between -6% and +1%, a big drop from the previous week range of +1% to +5%.
The END of COVID-19 measures in England, including the mandatory use of face masks, was announced by Johnson on Wednesday. After a peak in the number of cases caused by the rapid spread of Omicron variants, he looks to live with the virus.