Coronavirus reproduction number drops from 1.40 to 1.20 – Wel.nl

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BILTHOVEN (ANP) – The so-called reproduction number, which indicates how fast the coronavirus spreads, has fallen to 1.20. Last week it was at 1.40 and the week before it was 1.29. It is not clear what caused the number to drop, because the number of infections is increasing rapidly.

With a reproduction number of 1.2, 100 corona patients cause 120 others to contract the disease, who in turn infect 144 people.

Although the number has fallen, its lower limit is still above 1 and that means the virus is still spreading.

If the number is less than 1, the outbreak slowly goes out. In February and March, when the virus appeared in the Netherlands and many people fell ill in a short time, the reproduction number was around 2. In North Brabant in particular, thousands of people fell ill in a short time. On March 16, the reproduction number dropped below 1. On that day, people started working from home, students stayed at home, and restaurants, cafes, and sports clubs closed their doors.

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