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Clare has less than five new COVID-19 cases

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Less than five new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare.

A total of 208 confirmed cases have been made known to the Department of Health in the past 24 hours. These are located in Dublin (108), Louth (18), Donegal (12), Meath (10), Kildare (9), Waterford (8), Cork (7), Limerick (6), Wexford (6). The remaining 24 are spread between Clare, Carlow, Cavan, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak is attributed to 33 percent of the new cases while a further 18 are as a result of community transmission.

It is the sixth day in a row that Clare has recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases.

No new deaths have been recorded. To date, 1,784 persons have died from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

On Monday, it was announced that the period of self for a case of COVID-19 has changed to 10 days from onset of symptoms (or 10 days from date of test if asymptomatic), the last 5 of which should be without fever. The period for restricting movements for those who are close contacts of a case, or who have travelled to Ireland from a country not on the green list has not changed, and remains at 14 days. Guidance will be updated in the coming days to reflect this change.

Explaining the decision, Dr Ronan Glynn outlined, “NPHET has decided to reduce the period of isolation from 14 to 10 days for confirmed cases from the onset of symptoms, based on advice received from the Expert Advisory Group following a review of the evidence”.

He added, “In addition, it has been agreed that nasal swabs are an acceptable alternative to nasopharyngeal swab for use in children in the community. This will hopefully make testing a simpler process for children going forward. COVID-19 is an evolving pandemic and NPHET is committed to adapting advice and guidelines based on emerging evidence”.

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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