THE growth rate for the South East's 'R rate' has remained the same, as coronavirus cases in Berkshire remain low. 

The fresh data, which has been released by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) rates the ability to spread Covid-19 and the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average.

The 'R rate' for the South East, including Berkshire, stands at between 0.7 - 1.0, which is below the latest R number range for the UK of 0.8 - 1.0.

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The Government says an R-value between 0.7 and 1.0 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between seven and ten other people.

The current growth rate in the South East is set at -5 to-1. The size of the growth rate indicates the speed of change.

A growth rate of between -5 per cent and -1 per cent means that the number of new infections is shrinking by between 1and five per cent every day.

It should be noted that the R Rate for the UK, South East and other regions have remained the same this week as SAGE was unable to agree on changes to the R Rate.

A statement reads on the Government's website: "No UK estimates for R and growth rate have been agreed by SAGE this week."

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These are the latest R estimates by NHS England regions: 

Region - R Growth rate - per day

England: 0.8 to 1.0, -4 to 0

East of England: 0.7 to 1.0. -6 to -1

London: 0.7 to 1.0, -5 to -1

Midlands: 0.7 to 1.0, -5 to -1

North East and Yorkshire: 0.8 to 1.0, -4 to 0

North West: 0.8 to 1.0, -4 to 0

South East: 0.7 to 1.0, -5 to -1

South West: 0.7 to 1.0, -5 to 0