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245 cases of COVID-19 in Clare as Ireland’s death roll rises to 1,319

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16 more deaths and 266 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland with most recent detail for Co Clare showing an increase of five cases.

A total of 1,319 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in the country following confirmation that a further 16 more people that have tested positive for the virus have died.

An extra 266 cases are now known by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) as of 11am on Monday May 4th. It brings to 21,772 the amount of personnel that have received a positive diagnosis since the outbreak of the virus here in February.

Latest data for Co Clare which is from Saturday May 2nd state that there are now 245 cases. This is an increase on five from those diagnosed on Friday. The county still accounts for 1.1% of all cases in the country. It is the second highest increase in 24 hours of all Munster counties for this period but Clare still has the second lowest amount of cases in the province.

Detail from Saturday’s 21,437 cases across the country show no change in the breakdown of cases by gender, 58% are female and 42% male with 49 years old still the median age. 2,840 of all those diagnosed have been hospitalised and 364 have been admitted to ICU.

Healthcare workers account for 6,211 of all cases with Dublin the COVID-19 hotspot (49%) in the country. Community transmission is attributed to 63% of cases, close contact to 34% and travel abroad at 3%.

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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