No additional COVID-19 cases have been reported in Co Clare, the Department of Health have confirmed.

As per the most up-to-date information from the Department, Co Clare has not been included among the counties where Wednesday’s 50 cases have been recorded. Of the cases announced this evening, they are located in Wexford (11), Kildare (10), Dublin (6), Donegal (5) with the remaining 18 spread across Carlow, Cork, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary and Wicklow.

Confirmation of the 50 cases means that 26,303 persons have tested positive for the virus since March, 399 of which are in Co Clare. 4 of the 50 cases announced on Wednesday are attributed to community transmission with 42 linked to a previous outbreak or contact with a confirmed case. 81% are under the age of 45.

There have been no increase in the amount of people that have died from COVID-19 in the country, 1,763 deaths have occurred as a result of the virus in the Republic of Ireland.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated, “I know the decision yesterday not to move to Phase 4 will have been disappointing for many. However, NPHET’s priority must be to control the spread of this virus in our communities and to protect the progress that we have achieved to date”.

He outlined that “a significant increase” in the spread of COVID-19 has been reported in multiple counties over recent days. “Our focus over the coming weeks will be on continuing every effort to slow the spread of the virus so that our schools can reopen, our healthcare services resume, and our nursing homes are protected”.

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