The estimated R number for coronavirus is between 0.8 and 1.0 in the UK – its lowest level since August.
R represents the average number of people each person with COVID goes on to infect.
The growth rate, which estimates how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day, indicates the number of new infections is shrinking by between 1% and 3% every day.
It comes as the UK surpassed 60,000 infections on Thursday, reporting a further 14,879 cases and 414 deaths.
Last week, the estimated R number was between 0.9 and 1.0, which suggests the rate has fallen slightly.
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