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30 new cases of COVID-19 in Clare as country records 93 additional deaths

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An additional 30 persons in Co Clare have been diagnosed with COVID-19 among the 2,001 nationally while a further deaths related to the virus have been recorded.

Co Clare currently has the tenth highest 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population (1386.2) as it recorded 30 more cases of the virus. An extra 2,001 cases are known in the Republic of Ireland, 701 in Dublin, 204 in Cork, 102 in Waterford, 98 in Meath, 90 in Donegal and the remaining 806 cases are spread across all other counties.

On Tuesday evening, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) announced that 93 more people had died from Coronavirus in the country. 3 of the deaths occurred in December and 89 in the month of January. These individuals ranged in age from 41 to 99.

As of 11am, 202 persons were in critical care among the 1,949 in hospital. 100 hospitalisations were observed over the last 24 hours.

“While we are starting to see the early results of our collective efforts to minimise the transmission of the virus, we are very sadly reporting an additional 93 deaths today. We cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present,” the Chief Medical Officer stated.

Dr Tony Holohan added, “COVID-19 ICU and hospitalisation numbers are of critical concern to us, representing a very significant pressure on our healthcare workers and on the provision of acute medical and surgical non-COVID care. We need everyone to stay at home, other than for essential reasons”.

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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