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*Use of public transport has decreased. Photograph: John Mangan

Clare has seen an increase of four cases while in the Republic of Ireland there have been an additional 221 cases and 34 more deaths.

Seventeen minutes before the scheduled Department of Health press briefing on Friday, members of the media were informed the gathering would not be proceeding. No explanation was given.

1,265 people have now died since the outbreak of the virus in the Republic of Ireland. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of 34 more deaths while one case has been de-notified.

Ireland’s total number of cases has risen to 20,833 following confirmation of 221 extra diagnoses as of 11am on Friday.

Having recorded no increase on Tuesday, Clare’s figures for Wednesday April 29th have risen by four. The county has had a total of 236 people diagnosed since the outbreak of COVID-19. It amounts for 1.2% of the country’s total.

Data of Wedneday’s 20,510 cases has revealed that the median age is 49 years old, the breakdown is 58% female and 42% male. 12% of all cases have been hospitalised with a total of 367 people admitted to ICU.

Healthcare workers comprised 5,840 of the 20,510 cases. Community transmission is attributed to 63% of positive test results, close contact accounts for 33%, travel abroad accounts for 3%.

An update on restrictions post May 5th is due in the next hour. Stay tuned to The Clare Echo for more.

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