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Ireland's chief doctor says rise in COVID-19 infections concerning

FILE PHOTO: A man walks his dog past coronavirus artwork painted on the shuttered windows of a pub following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dublin, Ireland, May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s chief medical officer on Saturday described a recent spike in COVID-19 infections as “concerning”, as the average number of cases per day doubled from around 20 in recent weeks to over 40 over the past five days.

Ireland, which still has lower infection rates than much of Europe, reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, down from a two-month high of 85 cases on Thursday.

“Over the last five days we have seen an average of 44 cases a day. This trend is clearly concerning,” Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said in a statement.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Jan Harvey

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