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Clare currently one of smallest coronavirus clusters in Ireland

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In the first county by county breakdown of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, it has been confirmed that there are roughly five cases in Co Clare.

74 new cases are now known on the island of Ireland as of midday on Wednesday, this is made of up 29 females and 45 males bringing the total figure to 366. So far, there have been two deaths as a result of Covid-19 in the country.

An analysis of the 271 cases that the National Public Health Emergency Team were aware of has been carried out. It has revealed that Clare is one of the smallest clusters of coronavirus with an approximate 5.

Although Clare had one of the first confirmed cases in the country, counties such as Kerry (6), Waterford (7), Westmeath (7), Wicklow (9), Galway (12), Limerick (14), Cork (48) and Dublin (129) have the most amount following testing.

From the 271, 84 were hospitalised, 6 were admitted to ICU and 59 were classed as healthcare workers. 23% were aged between 35-44, 18% between 25-34 and 17% in the 55-64 category. There was 15% confirmed over the age of 65 and another 15% in the 45-54 bracket with 10% aged 15-24.

So far, travel abroad (42%) is deemed to be the biggest transmission factor followed by community transmission (22%) and contact with a confirmed case (17%), the remaining 20% is under investigation. Of the healthcare workers affected, 61% had not been travelling out of Ireland with 37% of their cases related to travel.

Members of the Clare public have been advised to continue to adhere to health and safety guidelines issued by the HSE and to remain practicing social distancing.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said: “The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role. We need to continue maximising our efforts to interrupt new transmission chains and keep clusters under control. Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello.”

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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