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Irish COVID-19 reproduction rate increases: health official

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Galway

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland has seen a steady decrease in COVID-19 infections stall in recent days and the “reproduction rate” that measures the number of people infected by each positive case has increased, a senior health official said on Thursday.

The reproduction rate, also known as the R number, is currently around 0.7-0.9, up from 0.6 a week ago, Colm Henry, the chief clinical officer in the Irish Health Service Executive, told a news briefing.

The government has said it hoped to see the R number fall to 0.5 to allow the country’s strict COVID-19 restrictions to be eased on schedule on Dec. 1.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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