*Photograph: John Mangan
Thirty new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare with 777 nationally.
Clare’s incidence rate per 100,000 of population is now 311.4 and above the national rate.
Health officials have been notified of 1,878 cases. 182 are in Dublin, 81 in Galway, 44 in Wexford, 42 in Meath, 41 in Cork, 30 in Clare and the remaining 357 cases are spread across 20 remaining counties.
Seven new deaths have been confirmed which brings the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 to 1,878.
As of 2pm today 319 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health stated; “15,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 14 days. It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full 10 days to protect the people they live with, the people they love and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease. Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.
“If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you have been told that you are a close contact, you must restrict your movements for a full 14 days. Stay at home – don’t go to work, don’t go to school.
“I appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons. Now is the time to use our reserves of energy and dig deep in our efforts to follow the public health advice – keep your distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. Play your part to break the chains of transmission across families, neighbours and communities.”