Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown If the R value rises above 1 it means that every person who contracts coronavirus passes it on to at least one other person, resulting in an escalation in cases. If the R number remains below 1, the virus is in retreat. whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown Show Comments ▼ New figures show the R rate is rising in four out of seven English regions, with the rate of infection now above 1 in two areas. The PM’s official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister is clear we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the official guidance to keep the virus under control and prevent any second wave.” Health secretary Matt Hancock is also expected to make an announcement today, telling the public the government is exploring ways to reduce the two-week quarantine period for travellers returning from countries such as Spain. Speaking to the BBC this morning, Hancock said: “We can see a second wave rolling across Europe.” The Prime Minister yesterday voiced fears that Europe faces an imminent second wave of coronavirus, with concerns the fresh spread could hit Britain’s shores within the next fortnight. People with symptoms of coronavirus will be told to self-isolate for three extra days, taking the total quarantine period to 10 days, as the government wrestles with mounting fears that Britain faces a second wave of the virus. New estimates show the R rate is now 1.04 in the south west, and 1.02 in the south east. Other regions are showing R rates of 0.9 or above — in the north east and Yorkshire the rate is 0.9 and in the north west and London the estimated rate is 0.92. Scientists from Cambridge University yesterday warned the R rate is now close to one in almost every part of the country. Share Dickson yesterday told a Commons committee: “I would say in relation to the second spike issue… the levels of concern among our members — the people who are leading NHS trusts, who are leading in primary care and all levels in the systems — is very high.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionGloriousaMan Says He’s From 2030, Presents ProofGloriousaFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatter More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com On Tuesday Boris Johnson said “clearly we now face, I’m afraid, the threat of a second wave in other parts of Europe and we just have to be vigilant.” Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said senior managers across the UK were extremely worried that a surge in cases is imminent. Thursday 30 July 2020 8:08 am whatsapp NHS leaders have said there is a “very high” level of concern about a potential spike in new cases, amid mounting worries about how the health service will deal with a second wave in the winter. Poppy Wood (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown The new measures are set to be announced later today by deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Telegraph first reported, as infection rates across England continue to rise. The Cambridge MRC Biostatistics Unit said it is now “very likely” that infection rates are close to 1 in most regions of England, which scientists have blamed on the premature lifting of lockdown measures.