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209 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clare

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19,262 people in the Republic of Ireland have been diagnosed with COVID-19 with 209 in Clare while a further 26 people with the virus have died.

On Sunday, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was informed of 26 deaths, 23 of which have been confirmed by laboratories. There have been 1,087 COVID-19 related deaths in the country, two cases have been de-notified.

An extra 701 cases are now known by health officials bringing to 19,262 the amount of personnel diagnosed with the virus to date in the Republic.

Latest figures for Co Clare reveal there are 209 cases as of Friday. This represents an increase of 2 in the space of 24 hours.

Data from Friday (April 24th) which included 18,431 cases has been analysed by the HPSC. Their findings indicate that 57% of the cases are female, the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years old and 5,064 are associated with healthcare workers.

14% of all cases, 2,576 had been hospitalised as of Friday, 349 of these persons have been admitted to ICU. Community transmission is attributed to 63% of those diagnosed, close contact is 33% and travel abroad at 4%.

CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid said on Sunday that a new model that can deliver over 100,000 coronavirus tests per week has been formally agreed with the Secretary General of the Department of Health and sets out a “road map” on how to get to that level.

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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