May 15, 2020 / 3:17 PM / 11 days ago

UK government says COVID-19 reproduction rate has risen to 0.7-1.0

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) - The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom is now somewhere between 0.7 and 1.0, the government said on Friday, based on the latest scientific advice.

Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the rate was 0.5 to 0.9. The rise in the number means that while the rate of infections continue to fall, that is happening at a slower rate.

Government scientific advisers said the outbreak was now concentrated in hospitals and care homes and the reproduction rate was subject to substantial regional variation. (Reporting by Stephen Grey, writing by Kylie MacLellan, editing by David Milliken)

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