Covid R rate soars to 1.3 as super-infectious mutant strain spreads across UK

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The UK has been one of the worst hit countries during the pandemic and over the weekend the Government announced a new virulent strain of the virus, sparking international fears.

And now, data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app has claimed the R rate is now at 1.3 in England and Wales and 1.1 in Scotland.

The R number is a way of rating coronavirus ability to spread and is the number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to.

The app also revealed there are currently 38,719 daily new symptomatic cases of the novel virus.

This is a 43.9 percent increase on 28,897 cases earlier this week.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned the public not to be complacent as the R number remained at one.

She said: “We will shortly publish the latest estimate of the R number.

“We expect that it will show that the R number is still around one in Scotland but that is of course a concern given that it is thought that the new variant of Covid could raise the R number by 0.4.”

“Progress on vaccination gives us grounds for hope but the overall state of the pandemic is a cause of concern,” she added.

“Our immediate priority has to be to get through the next few weeks and month as safely as possible.”

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