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Clare records highest daily increase of new COVID-19 cases

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Clare recorded its highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases.

A total of 59 new cases in the county were alerted to health officials on Friday, the data of which has been released today (Sunday). No confirmed data on cases from Saturday for Clare has been provided by the Department of Health.

Senator Martin Conway (FG) described the increase of 59 cases in Clare in the space of 24 hours as “dangerously high”. He said, “It is very worrying for the elderly & vulnerable here in the Banner county. All of us are now on the Clare team let’s beat this virus together”.

Testing has increased at the drive-thru testing centre in Cusack Park in the past fortnight.

Health officials announced 814 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday evening. 226 are in Dublin, 77 in Cork, 64 in Galway, 56 in Donegal, 48 in Meath and the remaining 343 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

An additional two deaths have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre bringing the country’s death toll to 1,826.

Across Irish hospitals, 204 people are receiving treatment for the virus while of this figure, 30 are in ICU. A total of 16 individuals were hospitalised in the last 24 hours.

Speaking on Sunday, Dr Tony Holohan outlined, “It is vital that the entire population consistently implement public health advice into their daily lives; keep your social contacts to an absolute minimum and keep physical distance when you need to be out of your home.

“22 out of 26 counties have 7 day incidence rates as a percentage of 14 day incidence rates above 50%. This shows rapidly increasing growth rates across the country,” the Chief Medical Officer stated.

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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