THE growth rate for the South West's 'R rate' has slightly increased, in line with Cornwall's coronavirus cases. 

The fresh data, which was released by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on Friday (March 19) 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 updated 'R rate' for the South West, including Cornwallt, has increased to between 0.6 - 0.9, which is on par with the latest R number range for the UK of 0.6 - 0.9.

The Government says an R-value between 0.6 and 0.9 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between six and nine other people.


The current growth rate in the South West is set at -8 to -3. The size of the growth rate indicates the speed of change.

A growth rate of between -8 per cent and -3 per cent means that the number of new infections is shrinking by between three and eight per cent every day.

Last week, the South West had an R rate of 0.5 - 0.8, with a growth rate between -10 per cent to -6 per cent.

It follows the same trend as new coronavirus cases in Cornwall, which still remain relatively low but have seen a rise in the last week with the majority of days seeing double figure rises in the teens, as opposed to the single figures of the previous week. 

The R rate for the South West is still among the lowest in the country, along with East of England, London and Midlands. 

These are the latest R estimates by NHS England regions: 

Region - R Growth rate - per day

England: 0.7 to 0.9, -6 to -2

East of England: 0.6 to 0.9, -7 to -4

London: 0.6 to 0.9, -7 to -3

Midlands: 0.6 to 0.9, -7 to -3

North East and Yorkshire: 0.7 to 0.9, -6 to -2

North West: 0.7 to 0.9, -6 to -2

South East: 0.7 to 0.9, -6 to -3

South West: 0.6 to 0.9, -8 to -3