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14 further positive cases of COVID-19 have emerged in Co Clare along with 988 nationally and 26 extra deaths.

On Saturday, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) stated that 14 more confirmed cases of the virus are known in Co Clare. Within the past fortnight, 167 cases have been diagnosed in the county.

Clare has the seventh lowest 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population across the country with the figure of 140.6 reflective of this.

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Case numbers announced for Clare yesterday have increased from 9 to 31 following validation by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

When it comes to the national picture, 988 additional cases have been recorded. 378 are in Dublin, 68 in Galway, 61 in Kildare, 47 in Limerick, 45 in Louth and the remaining 389 cases are spread across all other counties.

An additional 26 deaths related to COVID-19 have been notified to Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). 24 of these deaths occurred in February, 1 in January and 1 in October. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 58-98 years. There has been a total of 4,135 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Figures from Wednesday show that 310,900 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country. 197,609 people have received their first dose and 113,291 people have received their second dose.

Data from 8am on Saturday note that 149 of the 719 COVID-19 patients hospitalised are receiving critical care. 36 additional hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

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