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Coronavirus: Reproduction rate 'low enough to ease restrictions'

Stormont has eased lockdown restrictions over the last few weeks

Stormont has been able to ease lockdown restrictions because a key infection measure is sufficiently low, the Department of Health has said.

The R rate indicates the number of people an infected person infects on average.

The current estimate of R is between 0.5 and 0.9, according to statistics released by the department today.

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The department said the estimate has enabled "the Executive decision today to ease some further restrictions".

As of June 9, an average of eight people were diagnosed with coronavirus over the previous seven days.

The department said the R number has been published as a band, and not an exact figure, because there are different ways of calculating it and different values are calculated every day.

Stormont has aimed to keep the R rate below one to make sure the number of cases does not spike.

The coronavirus R rate is between 0.5 and 0.9

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