UK daily Covid cases fell slightly to 44,740 as the official R rate rose

Daily Covid cases in the UK are down slightly today to 44,740 and one in 30 people now have the virus.

Today’s data update also comes as the all-important R rate rose slightly this week.

Yesterday, the country saw 45,656 new infections, today it has decreased slightly as another 110 tragic deaths were also reported.

England’s R rate now stands between 0.8 and 1, up from 0.7.1 last week.

An R value between 0.8 and 1.0 means that, on average, every 10 infected people will infect another 8 to 10 people, says the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

It is also estimated that the growth rate is currently between -4% and -1%, which means that the number of new infections can be reduced by up to 4% per day.

The average R between the northwest, southeast, southwest and east of England ranges between 0.7 and 1.

London and the Midlands have an R score between 0.7 and 0.9.

Currently, the North East and Yorkshire have the lowest R average in the country between 0.6 and 0.9.

In England today, about one in 30 people has coronavirus, data is up to the week ending February 26.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicates that this equates to about 1.9 million people.

That’s one down from 25, or 2.1 million, in the week ending February 19.

As Britons continue to “learn to live” with Covid, one expert has warned that we may already be more contagious than we think.

Professor Tim Spector, from King’s College London and director of the ZOE Symptom Tracker app, said that on average people continue to test positive for about eight days.

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Test times

In his latest YouTube video, he said:[It] It’s about eight days, which is probably more than people thought.

“The vast majority of taxpayers have tested positive on the first day of symptom onset.

“This means that it is time to do the lateral flow test internally.

“Test the first day of symptoms, if they are negative, test them again the next day.”

From 1 April, Britons will not have free access to lateral flow tests.

Currently, you can order one pack every three days, each pack contains seven tests.

Britons are still encouraged to get tested if they are not feeling well, and are urged to get tested before they see more people at risk.

While Omicron is a milder form of the disease, this is not the case for everyone and deaths from the virus still occur.

Although free trials are canceled next month, Professor Spector said we still need them.

“We will rely on the LFT test in the future because of the speed of Omicron,” he added.

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