Government data show that the UK's third blockade is working, and the new coronavirus may no longer spread exponentially.Results released on Friday showed that the official estimate of the "R value" (which represents how many people each infected person infects) fell to between 0.8 and 1. When R is higher than 1, the virus spreads exponentially. Last week, R was estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.3.
The government said the incidence rate is still high, urging the public to continue to abide by the rules of blockade.
Data from the Department of health and social security show that R estimates have fallen in all parts of England since last week. In London, R dropped to between 0.7 and 0.9.