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The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England remains unchanged from last week and is between 1.2 and 1.4, according to the latest Government figures.
R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect.
When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially but when it is below 1, it means the epidemic is shrinking.
An R number between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.
The first minister of Wales has said that there are “really serious issues” to consider whether children should receive coronavirus vaccinations.
Speaking at a press conference, Mark Drakeford said that health boards across the country were considering how a booster jab may be administered in autumn, as well as how children over 12 could be vaccinated.
That is partly because there are really serious issues to be thought through on safety on the one hand, safety of the vaccine for children, and ethical issues as well – for whose benefit are children being vaccinated?
Is it ethically right to vaccinate children – because there is always a risk in vaccination – not because it will do them any good but because it will protect adults?