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Less than five of the 253 COVID-19 cases announced on Friday evening are located in Co Clare.

In what the represents the tenth day in a row that an increase has been noted in the county, it has been confirmed by the Department of Health that less than five new cases are in Clare.

Elsewhere, Dublin (116), Kildare (22), Cork (14), Galway (14), Donegal (13), Limerick (10), Louth (10), Mayo (9), Waterford (8), Wicklow (7) recorded further cases with the remaining 30 spread between Clare, Carlow, Cavan, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath.

Further detail on the 253 cases has revealed that 71 percent are younger than 45 years old while 61 positive samples were as a result of community transmission. 45 percent of the new cases resulted from close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak.

Three more deaths have been alerted to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre in the past 24 hours. 1,782 people have now died from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

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