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12 new COVID-19 cases in Clare as county’s spread remains fourth lowest in Ireland

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Clare has recorded an increase of 12 new COVID-19 cases while the county’s 14 day incidence rate remains the fourth lowest in the Republic of Ireland.

Provisional figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have indicated that 12 new cases of the virus are known in Clare, these will be validated by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on Monday.

With a figure of 138.9, Clare continues to have the fourth lowest 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population across the country.

NPHET have reported an additional 788 confirmed Coronavirus cases across the country. 315 are in Dublin, 61 in Galway, 59 in Meath, 42 in Louth, 33 in Kildare and the remaining 278 cases are spread across all other counties.

An additional 17 deaths related to the virus have been notified to the HPSC. 15 of these deaths occurred in February and 1 in December. The median age of those who died was 80 years and the age range was 50-92 years. There has been a total of 3,948 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

A total of 160 persons are in critical care because of the virus as of 8am on Sunday, they are included in the tally of 899 individuals in hospital. 34 additional hospitalisations were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Data from Thursday has revealed that 261,073 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland. 171,239 people have received their first dose and 89,834 people have received their second dose.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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