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Covid: New virus variant on the rise in UK nations – BBC News

But the proportion of cases apparently caused by the new variant appear to be rising in most of the UK.

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By Rachel SchraerHealth reporter
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The UK’s R number, a measure of whether the epidemic is growing or shrinking, is at or below one for the first time since early December.
The government’s scientific advisors have estimated the virus is reproducing at a rate of between 0.8 and 1.
Anything below one means infections are in retreat.
Meanwhile Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures suggest cases are decreasing slightly or levelling off across Britain.
In Northern…

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