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UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

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For the first time in many weeks, the official measures of the UK's coronavirus outbreak are all pointing in the wrong direction.The government says the R number in the UK is between 1.0 and 1.2, meaning it is now definitely above 1 for the first time since March. Scotland's R could be as high as 1.5. A large study from Imperial College even suggested that the R was more like 1.7, although like all these figures, there is a good deal of imprecision. The overall trend, from multiple studies, is the thing to watch: from this, we get the clear message that the virus is now spreading fast, albeit still among small numbers.This conclusion is confirmed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, which tests 10,000 households to get a representative sample of the state of the outbreak. Li...