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Clare records 13 new COVID-19 cases

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Co Clare has recorded a further 13 cases of COVID-19 while the incidence rate of the virus has dropped in the county.

A total of 720 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Health on Tuesday evening, the figures accurate up until midnight on Monday. 228 of the cases in Dublin, 130 in Cork, 47 in Galway, 31 in Meath, 27 in Limerick, 13 in Clare and the remaining 244 cases are spread across another 19 counties.

With a 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population at 250.8, Co Clare’s rate is below the national rate of 307.6. Of the 26 counties, Clare has the 20th highest incidence rate.

An additional five deaths have been notified to health officials. It brings the country’s death toll to 1,890. Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Heather Burns noted, “We are continuing to see an increase in mortality”. 79 deaths have been recorded in October, 30 of which have been in nursing homes.

In the past 24 hours, 29 persons were hospitalised with the virus. As of 2pm today, 341 individuals were being treated for Coronavirus in Irish hospitals, 38 of this figure are in ICUs.

Comparing data from recent months, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said an increase in cases among younger people has been notable since August but the age profile of those being hospitalised from this period is “much older”.

“We look at all of the data points every day,” Dr Holohan stated. He outlined that a reduction in the positivity rate has been observed as part of this. “A better sign” included a drop in the five day moving average but he stated that much more improvement is required.

Dr Holohan stated that the higher the level of public compliance, the more progress that can be made over the next five weeks in limiting the spread of the virus “and get back down to low levels quickly”.

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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