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303 COVID-19 cases in Clare as Ireland records 18 more deaths

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*The COVID-19 testing centre in Cusack Park. Photograph: John Mangan

Confirmed cases in Co Clare have passed 300 with a further 18 deaths and 219 cases reported across the country.

On Saturday, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) were informed that an additional 18 individuals with COVID-19 had died. It brings to 1,446 the total amount of deaths related to the virus in the Republic, 1 case has been de-notified.

219 extra cases are now known in the country bringing to 22,760 the total count since the outbreak of COVID-19.

As of Thursday, there are 303 cases in Co Clare. The figure has increased by four in 24 hours and includes individuals that have received a positive diagnosis since the outbreak of COVID-19 and have since recovered. The county accounts for 1.3% of the nation’s total.

Data from the HPSC of Thursday’s 22,495 cases reveal the breakdown by gender to be 57% female and 43% male with a median age of 49. 2,954 of cases (13%) have been hospitalised, 381 of which have been admitted to ICU. Healthcare workers are associated with 6,669 cases. Community transmission is attributed to 61% of cases, close contact accounts for 35% and travel abroad accounts for 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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