THE coronavirus R rate has gone up again across the UK - and could be as high as 1.5, experts have warned.
Government scientists say the epidemic is continuing to grow with the Covid reproduction rate somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5.
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They estimated the figure to be between 1.1 and 1.4 last week, meaning that more people are being infected with coronavirus.
It means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people.
R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect.
When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially.
It comes after Boris Johnson announced tougher new measures earlier this week to drive the R rate down.
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