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85 COVID-19 cases in Clare as national figure hits 9,655

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85 individuals have been diagnosed with Coronavirus in Co Clare since the outbreak of the virus with a further 14 deaths in the Republic of Ireland and now 9,655 confirmed cases.

Figures provided from Thursday (April 9th) have revealed that there are now 85 people in Co Clare that are confirmed to have the virus at some stage. Some of these individuals have since recovered while there are at least dozens in the county waiting on test results.

No figures were provided by the Department of Health to cover Wednesday in Clare, between Tuesday and Thursday there was a jump from 69 to 85 in the amount of confirmed cases in the county.

Nationally, a further 14 people have died from the virus, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed. They were 8 males and 6 females and located in the east (12) and west (2). 80 years of age is the reported median age and ten of them are said to have underlying health conditions. To date, 334 people have died in the Republic of Ireland from COVID-19.

An additional 430 cases have been reported by Irish laboratories and an extra 297 by German labs have been confirmed to the HPSC as of 1pm today (Sunday). It brings to 9,655 the amount of confirmed diagnoses in the country.

Analysis of Friday’s 8,496 cases which also includes German results noted a breakdown of 54% female and 45% male in the Irish cases. 383 clusters account for 1,653 of those diagnosed with the median age said to be 48.

1,777 of those diagnosed have been hospitalised with 261 admitted to ICU. 2,312 of cases involve healthcare workers.

Community transmission is now responsible for 66% of all cases, close contact (26%) and travel abroad (7%).

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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