8 new COVID-19 cases in Clare

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Eight new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Co Clare while Ireland’s death toll from the virus has stayed at the same figure for the sixth day in a row.

It is the first time since June 2nd that Clare’s daily tally of COVID-19 has increased by eight. A total of 380 persons from the county have tested positive for the virus since March. The cases were confirmed on Monday.

As of yet, it remains to be seen if the eight cases are from the one cluster. Detail on the geographical location of the 8 cases is not provided by the Department of Health.

No new COVID-19 deaths have been recorded for the sixth day in a row. 1,764 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in Ireland.

An additional 14 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health in the past 24 hours. It brings to 25,942 the total amount of persons diagnosed with one case de-notified. 11 of the cases confirmed on Wednesday evening were close contacts of confirmed cases and half of these had no symptoms, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated.

“There are now 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our hospital system, the lowest number since early March. However, across Europe the pandemic appears to be accelerating once again. We have an opportunity to avoid a similar scenario here. We must take it by focusing once again on keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face coverings and continuing to make safe decisions that will protect ourselves, our friends, our families. No one is safe unless everyone is safe”.

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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