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Clare is no longer COVID-19 free as one new case is recorded

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Clare’s 30 day run without a new case of COVID-19 is over.

One new case has been confirmed by the Department of Health on Sunday evening. The diagnosis was made earlier this week and is recorded in figures for Friday. The Clare Echo understands that the individual concerned is in the Ennis area, this has not been confirmed by the Department.

Co Clare had went its longest stretch of time without an increase in cases prior to this evening’s announcement. Up until this, it was the only county in the country that was ‘free of the virus’. 369 persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Clare.

Across the country, no new deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded with an additional 17 confirmed cases across the country. A total of 1,746 people have died from the virus in the Republic of Ireland with 25,628 confirmed cases.

“This virus is still out there. It is still in people. It only needs the smallest window of opportunity to become a major problem once again,” Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated. He added, “Please continue to protect yourself and others, watch out for symptoms, wash your hands and wear a face covering where appropriate. If you have any concern about symptoms, do not delay – isolate yourself and contact your GP immediately”.

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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