COVID R rate drops below 1 (Image: Getty)
Figures from the Government Science Office (GSO) published today recorded the R rate now sits between 0.9 and 1.0. This is the first time the number was below 1 since September 4.
The R rate is the reproduction number of coronavirus transmission across the UK.
It measures the number of people, on average, that each sick person will infect.
This new figure means on average every 10 people infected