England’s R number increased slightly from 0.8 to 1.1 to 0.9 to 1.1 according to the latest figures.
This means the nationwide growth rate is estimated to be between minus two and one percent, which is a small increase from last week’s minus three to one percent.
The figures reveal the number of new cases is fairly flat, but indicate the number of people testing positive for the virus in England is showing “early signs of a potential increase”.
Since the Indian variant hit the UK, there have been 3,424 cases, with experts warning it could be up to 50 percent more transmissible than the Kent strain which emerged last year.
However, experts have been keen to stress there is no evidence to suggest the Covid vaccine is ineffective against this mutation.