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19 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Clare with 1,078 nationally while a further 66 deaths are known.

Clare has the fourth lowest 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population in the country at a figure of 140.6. An additional 19 cases have emerged in the county, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have stated.

There are 1,078 new cases nationally, the NPHET have confirmed. 433 are in Dublin, 139 in Galway, 52 in Limerick, 49 in Wexford, 43 in Mayo and the remaining 362 cases are spread across all other counties.

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Of the 66 additional deaths, 41 occurred in February, 8 oin January, 7 in December and 9 occurred in November or earlier. The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range was 39 – 98 years. There has been a total of 3,931 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Hospital figures from 8am on Saturday has indicated that 898 persons remain in hospital because of the virus, 171 of which are in ICUs. A total of 44 hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

As of Wednesdy, 10, 256,681 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland. 166,863 people have received their first dose and 89,818 people have received their second dose.

Anyone who has symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath or a change in your sense of smell or taste should “self-isolate (stay in your room) immediately and phone your GP without delay. If you are in any doubt about any symptoms you have, you should always contact your GP,” the Deputy Chief Medical Officer stated.

“Your test and GP assessment will be free of charge. This includes GP out of hours services, contact details for which are on the HSE website www.hse.ie. If you don’t have a GP, any GP can arrange a test for you. The best way to protect ourselves and our vulnerable loved ones from serious illness as a result of COVID-19 infection is to continue taking the actions we know can effectively supress this virus. Keep physical distance from others, wash hands regularly, avoid crowds and wear face coverings that are fitted correctly,” Dr Ronan Glynn added.

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