UK’s Covid-19 reproduction rate edges up as 384 deaths announced today

epa08423695 A man walks past a closed down shop in London, Britain, 15 May 2020. The UK's economy has suffered a two per cent fall, its worst decline since the 2008 financial crash. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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The number of people who died in the United Kingdom after testing positive to COVID-19 increased by 384 to 33,998, Britain’s health ministry said this afternoon.

As of 9am on 15 May, there have been 2,353,078 tests, with 133,784 tests on 14 May.

1,663,492 people have been tested, of which 236,711 tested positive.

Meanwhile, the official estimate of the pandemic “R” number has risen during the past seven days scientists advising the government.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) indicated UK reproduction number for the coronavirus has gone up to between 0.7 and 1, up from 0.5 to 0.9 last week. Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the rate was 0.5 to 0.9. The rise in the number means that while the rate of infections continue to fall, that is happening at a slower rate.

Despite this, the United Kingdom might ease the restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus at different speeds in particular regions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Friday.

“It could lead to some of the measures being eased at different rates in different parts of the country and at the same time it could lead to some measures being re-imposed in some parts of the country but not in others,” the spokesman said.

“I’m not aware of any plans at the moment to do that in regards to schools,” he added.

Reuters / Sky

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