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9 new cases in Clare as UHL has third highest amount of COVID-19 patients in Ireland

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Nine of the 335 new cases of COVID-19 are in Co Clare.

On Saturday, the Department of Health announced 335 additional cases of the virus were known across the country with 72 in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 26 in Mayo, 25 in Cork, 23 in Kerry, 9 in Clare and the remaining 159 spread across 18 other counties.

Department officials have clarified that provisional case figures for Thursday in Co Clare which were announced on Friday were in fact 21 and not 15 as initially reported.

An increase of five deaths has been reported bringing the national death toll to 1,945.

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is treating the third highest amount of COVID-19 patients (29) across the country. In total, 284 individuals are being treated for the virus in Irish hospitals, 40 of which are in ICU. Over the past 24 hours, 23 hospitalisations were recorded.

Correct wearing of face coverings was reiterated by Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan on Saturday. “Remember, visors do not offer the same benefits as face masks. I want to particularly highlight that it is very important that those who work in settings such as retail avoid the use of visors and instead use face masks. Face masks offer far better protection, and they should be worn by everyone who can wear them. Wearing one prevents someone who does not know they have COVID-19 from spreading it to another person.

“They are a key element of our defence against this virus, alongside staying at home and avoiding meeting people outside your household,” he added.

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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