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Estimated COVID-19 'R' number for England edges up

People wearing face-masks walk past a meeting point at the Waterloo Station during the morning rush hour following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - The estimated reproduction number for COVID-19 for England edged up to between 0.8 and 1, the government said on Friday, from 0.8 to 0.9 the week before.

Across the whole United Kingdom, the so called R number is unchanged between 0.7 and 0.9, indicating the pandemic is shrinking.

The growth rate of infections per day for the UK is -5% to -2%, while for England it is -4% to -1%.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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