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UK coronavirus live: Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance questioned by MPs over England lockdown

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Graham Stringer (Lab) is asking the questions now.

Q: Was it sensible to show the graph showing 4,000 deaths a day without caveats?

I hope not. And that’s certainly not the aim.

Q: What impact will the tier 2 and tier 3 restrictions have?

Whitty says he is confident tier 2 will have an effect, and tier 3 a bigger effect.

R, or the ‘effective reproduction number’, is a way of rating a disease’s ability to spread. It’s the average number of people on to whom one infected person will pass the virus. For an R of anything above 1, an epidemic will grow exponentially. Anything below 1 and an outbreak will fizzle out – eventually.

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