The coronavirus R number in England is now between 1.2 and 1.5 - according to the latest government figures.

An R number between 1.2 and 1.5 means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people.

A growth rate between +4% and +8% means the number of new infections is growing by 4% to 8% every day.

The UK estimates of R and growth rate are averages over very different epidemiological situations and should be regarded as a guide to the general trend rather than a description of the epidemic state.

It comes just a day after the UK recorded its highest ever daily case total.

The R number is also recorded across England's regions, recording a more specific reading for the areas of the country.

The Midlands, London, North East and North West are all recording the high number of 1.2-1.5 -the same as England as a whole.

The South East is recording the lowest number across England at 1.0-1.3.

When the numbers of cases or deaths fall to low levels and/or there is a high degree of variability in transmission across a region, then care should be taken when interpreting estimates of R and the growth rate. For example, a significant amount of variability across a region due to a local outbreak may mean that a single average value does not accurately reflect the way infections are changing throughout that region.

It is SAGE’s expert view, however, that this week’s estimates are reliable, and that there is widespread growth of the epidemic across the country.

These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 over the past few weeks due to the time delay between someone being infected, having symptoms and needing healthcare.

Estimates for R and growth rates are shown as a range, and the true values are likely to lie within this range.