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Additional COVID-19 cases recorded in Clare

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Further cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Co Clare.

In what is the eight consecutive day in which the county has recorded an increase in cases it comes on a day when 85 new cases have been diagnosed nationally.

An unspecified increase has been reported by the Department of Health but the figure is said to be less than five. Dublin (51), Kildare (6) and Meath (6) account for the majority of cases with the remaining 32 located in Clare, Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

Of the cases, 47% are as a result of close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak while 16 are due to community transmission.

No further deaths have been recorded across the country, leaving the death toll nationally at 1,777.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn reiterated the need for the public to wash their hands, reduce social contacts and maintain social distancing. “This virus relies on human contact. The virus has not changed and neither have the basic measures that keep us all protected. It is these basic measures that are most important to keep COVID-19 under control.

“Remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, to know the safe way to wear a face covering, avoid touching your face, cough into your elbow, reduce your social contacts and keep a physical distance of 2 metres at the top of your mind when you do meet others.”

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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