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Most of Spain has virus contagion 'R' number below one: health official

People wearing protective face masks walk past a real estate agency during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, April 24, 2020. Picture taken April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera

(Reuters) - Almost all areas of Spain have a ratio of contagion per patient, dubbed the ‘R’ number, below 1, head of health emergencies Fernando Simon said on Wednesday.

“Right now, almost all areas in the country have a reproduction number below 1,” Simon told reporters in an online briefing.

“If we don’t have a reproduction number, the number of secondary cases that each case produces, below 1 on average, we can’t consider easing mobility restrictions,” he said.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; editing by Jason Neely