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02/04/2021 14:03 BST | Updated 02/04/2021 14:09 BST

Here's What The Coronavirus R Rate Is Near You

The England-wide figure is estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.0.

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As government Coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease, with the mixing of households within groups of six coming into effect, groups of friends gather on the grass in Ruskin Park, south London, to enjoy warm Spring weather, on 30th March 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)

England’s Covid-19 R rate remains unchanged and is estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.0, scientists advising the government have said.

It comes three days before Boris Johnson is expected to unveil the next stage of the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, including foreign travel. 

Boris Johnson has warned of a potential third wave of Covid in the UK but has insisted his road map to lift restrictions remains on course, with vaccinations believed to be helping to break the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

Last week the estimated R rate in England was between 0.8 and 1.0 and the UK-wide figure was between 0.7 and 0.9.

This week scientists have not released a UK-wide figure. 

R measures the number of people, on average, that each Covid sufferer will infect.

If R is greater than 1 the epidemic is generally seen to be growing; if R is less than 1 the epidemic is shrinking.

The estimate was published on Friday and provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Here’s what the R rate is in each region of England

In England, the R rate is 0.8 to 1.0. 

East of England – 0.7 to 1.0 (unchanged from last week)

London – 0.7 to 1.0 (up from 0.7 to 0.9)

Midlands – 0.7 to 1.0 (unchanged)

North-east and Yorkshire – 0.8 to 1.0 (unchanged)

North-west – 0.8 to 1.0 (up from 0.7 to 1.0)

South-east – 0.7 to 1.0 (unchanged)

South-west – 0.7 to 1.10 (up from 0.7 to 0.9)

Here’s what the R rate is in the devolved nations

In Scotland the latest figures estimate the R rate is between 0.8 and 1.0, unchanged from last week.

In Wales it is believed to be between 0.7 to 0.9. Last week it was between 0.6 and 0.9. 

And in Northern Ireland, the R is estimated to be between 0.90-1.05, up from between 0.75 and 0.95 last week