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The MRC Biostatistics Unit at Cambridge University, one of several groups that produces estimates of R, the reproduction number for the government, estimates that R is around 1 in all regions of England. “The probability of Rt exceeding 1 is above 80% only in the Midlands and south-east,” it says in its latest update.
The report goes on:
The number of new infections is decreasing in the north-west, plateauing in the east of England and London and still increasing, though at a much lower rate, in the other regions. Furthermore, it is anticipated that we are approaching a peak in the number of deaths occurring each day. Despite this, the number of publicly announced deaths may continue to increase for a while, as this number represents deaths reported the preceding 24 hours rather than occurred within the previous 24 hours.