North East's weekly coronavirus growth rate of transmission and R number drops as other areas see increases
Data released on Friday, July 10, revealed the growth rate in the North East and Yorkshire has dropped to between minus 5% and minus 1% per day, compared with a rate of minus 5% to 0% per day last week.
The R-value, which is the number of people each covid-19 positive person goes on to infect, has fallen from 0.8 and 1 last week to 0.7 and 1 this week.
But the overall R rate for England is up to between 0.8 and 1 compared with 0.8 and 0.9 last week.
The North East and Yorkshire, London, and the Midlands are the only areas in the UK to see decreases in R rates compared to the previous week.
R estimates do not indicate how quickly an epidemic is changing and different diseases with the same R can result in epidemics that grow at very different speeds.
The growth rate reflects how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day and, as the number of infections decreases, it is a way of keeping track of the virus.
If the growth rate is greater than zero, and therefore positive, then the disease will grow, and if the growth rate is less than zero, then the disease will shrink.
However, there is some regional variation between the figures.
In the East of England, the growth rate rose from between minus 5% to 0% last week to between minus 4% and plus 1%, indicating the rate of spread of the disease is growing in the area.
The figures come as beauty salons, outdoor pools and outdoor performances gear up to open in the next few days.
In London, the growth rate is between minus 5% and plus 1%, compared to between minus 4% and plus 2% last week. In the South West, the growth rate dropped from between minus 7% and plus 2% to between minus 6% and plus 1%.
And in England, the growth rate is between minus 4% and minus 1%, compared with between minus 5% and minus 2% last week.