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Ireland's virus contagion 'R' number inches up to 1

FILE PHOTO: An empty street is seen as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Dublin, Ireland, April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s COVID-19 reproduction number, which measures the number of people who become infected from each positive case, has increased in the past week and is now around 1, a senior Irish health official said on Thursday.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of reported cases over the last 2 weeks and the R-number is now at or above 1,” up from between 0.6 and 1.0 a week ago, Philip Nolan, Chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, told journalists.

Reporting by Conor Humphries, Editing by William Maclean