Scotland’s coronavirus “R-number” – which represents how quickly the virus is spreading – could be as high as 1.4, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says.
A number at that level means that one infected person is transmitting the virus to an average of 1.4 people.
“We think that the ‘R-number’ in Scotland increased last week and it is probably now above one. Perhaps as high as 1.4,” she said.
“I said recently that the R number is of a slightly less concern when overall prevalence of the virus is low. And overall prevalence of the virus is still low in Scotland right now. But nevertheless, this is a further reminder that the virus is spreading again here just as it is elsewhere in the UK, across Europe and indeed in the wider world.”