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Clare now 11 days without a new COVID-19 case

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Two more deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded as the amount of confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland has increased by four while Co Clare has now gone eleven days without a new case.

1,717 people have died in the country since the outbreak of the virus following confirmation of a further two deaths. Of this total figure, 963 (56%) have been nursing home residents.

An additional four cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). 25,283 persons have tested positive for the virus in the Republic since the emergence of the virus over three months ago. 7,012 cases are from residents of long-term residential care facilities. There has been no increase in cases or clusters across all vulnerable groups, Dr Tony Holohan confirmed.

No increase in clusters in workplace settings has been recorded but an additional two cases from meat factories have been notified to health officials. 345 of the 473 clusters in long-term residential care have now closed as 28 days since the last confirmed case have elapsed.

Co Clare has now gone eleven days without any additional cases. Since the emergence of the virus in the county, 369 people have received a positive diagnosis. The figure has not increased since the middle of June.

“In Ireland, in the last 14 days over a third of new confirmed cases are in young people under the age of 35. This is not a disease that solely affects older people. No one is immune, everyone is responsible for limiting the spread of COVID-19,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan stated.

A further breakdown of these cases were provided by Dr Ronan Glynn. Nine cases are aged from 0-4, seven aged between 5-14, twenty five are between 15-24 and thirty five are aged between 25-34.

Only 41% of the population are wearing face coverings in public places, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated. He said the figure was “significantly lower uptake when compared to our other recommended behaviours such as hand washing (92%) and physical distancing (91%). Face coverings should be worn when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, for instance in shops and on public transport”.

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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