Irish COVID-19 cases may be plateauing at high level - health chiefs

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Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish public health chiefs are concerned the incidence of COVID-19 may be plateauing at levels as high as the peak of the previous wave in October, the country's COVID-19 modelling chief said on Sunday.

Philip Nolan said health officials did not entirely know why a sharp fall in cases during five weeks of lockdown was slowing as there was no evidence of people increasing their contacts. However he expressed concerns about workplace outbreaks.

"We do think we're seeing a genuine increase in transmission due to an entirely understandable tendency people have simply to forget the basic measures. We have to watch this very carefully for the next week to 10 days," Nolan told a news conference.

(This story corrects to 'on Monday' in lead from 'Sunday'.)

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Chris Reese)