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The Covid R-factor is zooming steadily fuelling worries about the pandemic rearing its head again. Kerala and the northeastern states have seen the R-factor spiking at the highest pace

The Covid R-factor is zooming steadily fuelling worries about the pandemic rearing its head again. Kerala and the northeastern states have seen the R-factor spiking at the highest pace.

The R-factor indicates the speed at which Covid-19 infection is spreading in the country. The bigger the number is than one, the faster the rate of spreading of the disease in the population.

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Kerala has the highest number of active cases and continues to have an R-value around 1.11. In the northeast, only Tripura has an R-value substantially lower than one while Manipur has gone only marginally below one. Among other states in India, Uttarakhand has an R-value very close to one at the moment.

When the second wave of the Covid-19 infection was at its peak, the overall R-value in the country was estimated to be 1.37 between March 9 to April 21.

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