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15 May 2020

Government Office for Science starts to publish the latest R number range for the UK

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Government Office for Science

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First published on 15 May 2020

Stated aims

To track the R number range for the UK


The Government Office for Science is publishing the latest R number range for the UK. The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), a subgroup of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), has built a consensus on the value of R based on expert scientific advice from multiple academic groups. This has been reviewed by SAGE. Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, said, 'R is one of the most important things you can track to understand an epidemic. If you can estimate R, then you have part of a reliable tool for planning how to combat the virus […] In the coming weeks we will update this estimate regularly.'


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