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14/05/2021 13:36 BST

Here's What The Coronavirus R Rate Is Near You

Official figures published on Friday suggest England's R rate has risen slightly to between 0.8 and 1.1.

England’s Covid R rate has creeped above 1 again, scientists advising the government have said.

Official figures published on Friday suggest the nationwide R rate is between 0.8 and 1.1. Last week it was between 0.8 and 1.0.

R measures the number of people, on average, that each sick person 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.

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

In England, the R rate is between 0.8 and 1.1 (up from 0.8 and 1.0) 

East of England –0.8 to 1.1 (unchanged)

London – 0.8 to 1.0 (down from 0.8 to 1.1) 

Midlands – 0.8 to 1.0 (unchanged) 

North-east and Yorkshire – 0.8 to 1.0 (up from 0.7 to 1.0) 

North-west – 0.8 to 1.1 (up from 0.7 to 1.0) 

South-east – 0.8 to 1.0 (down from 0.8 to 1.1)

South west – 0.8 to 1.1 (unchanged) 

The estimates are provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Sage and DHSC said “particular care should be taken” when interpreting the regional estimates in England.

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

In Scotland the latest figures estimate the R rate is between 0.7 and 1.0, down from between 0.8 and 1.0

In Wales it is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.0, unchanged from last week.

And in Northern Ireland, the latest figures suggest R is between 0.8 and 1.10, up from 0.7 and 1.05.

Previously a UK-wide figure for R was published, but this has now been been dropped.