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

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.

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