What does the 'R' number of coronavirus mean?

Video Credit: The Guardian Studio
Published on May 22, 2020 - Duration: 01:05s

What does the 'R' number of coronavirus mean?

The 'R' number of coronavirus is a figure that is being closely scrutinised as ministers decide when to end lockdown in the UK.

Boris Johnson has said the country must keep the R rate below one in order to avoid the disaster of a second peak.

But what does the R number mean and why is it important?

Kate Proctor explains why the government is keeping a close eye on it and what it signifies.

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