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8 new cases of COVID-19 in Clare & 767 in Republic of Ireland

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has said the implementation of Level 5 restrictions did not come too early while a further 8 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Clare among 767 nationally.

Co Clare’s fourteen day incidence rate (210.4) per 100k of population remains along the lowest in the country. The national rate stands 248.0 with a total of 12 counties above this figure.

An additional eight cases of the virus from Co Clare are known to health officials. The spread of the virus in the county has dropped since the introduction of Level 3 restrictions.

Despite this trend, Dr Tony Holohan defended NPHET’s decision to recommend the highest level of restrictions resulting in a second lockdown. “We didn’t move too early,” he stated at Monday’s press briefing. He said that public worry was beginning to increase in October prior to the recommendation and outlined that “people were beginning to take individual actions” which were then aided by the restrictions.

Nationally, 767 new cases have been confirmed with 68 percent under the age of 45. 321 in Dublin, 84 in Cork, 47 in Meath, 34 in Limerick, 24 in Roscommon, 8 in Clare and the remaining 249 cases are spread across all other counties.

Two further COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded bringing the national tally to 1,917.

As of 2pm today, 44 persons were being treated in Irish ICUs while including this figure 322 individuals are in Irish hospitals with 16 hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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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