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8 of 482 new COVID-19 cases are in Clare

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*Tests are examined at the Shannon Airport drive-thru facility. Photograph: Sean Curtin / True Media

Co Clare has reported eight new cases of COVID-19 among the 482 nationally.

With a 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population at 104.4, Co Clare remains well below the falling national 14 day rate of 129.2. Eleven counties are above the national figure.

Following confirmation of eight new cases in Clare, it means that for a full week there has been a single figure daily increase of cases in the county.

Of the 482 new cases, 128 are in Dublin, 45 in Cork, 43 in Waterford, 24 in Donegal, 24 in Meath, 36 in Limerick and the remaining 182 cases are spread across 20 other counties including the 8 in Clare.

An additional seven deaths have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, all of which occurred in November. Thus far, 1,972 persons have died from the virus in the Republic of Ireland.

Currently, 258 persons are being treated for Coronavirus in Irish hospitals, 35 of this figure are in ICUs. Over the past 24 hours, 12 new hospitalisations were reported.

Speaking on Friday, the Chief Medical Officer said the rise in national cases served as “an important reminder of the unpredictable nature of this highly infectious disease”. Dr Tony Holohan added, “The hard work undertaken by all of us over the last three weeks is to be commended, but we must not allow our success to date let us drop our guard against the spread of this disease”.

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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