Ridderkerks Dagblad | Corona reproduction number drops from 1.40 to 1.20

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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.

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

With a reproduction number of 1.2, 100 corona patients cause 120 others to contract the disease, who in turn infect 144 people. If the reproduction number is above 1, the virus spreads. If the number is less than 1, the outbreak slowly dies 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.

By: ANP | Photo: ANP

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