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Clare records increase in COVID-19 cases for seventh successive day

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Clare has recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases for the seventh day in succession.

Less than five new cases have been diagnosed in the county while a total of 357 positive samples have emerged across the country with 3 further deaths bringing the nation’s death toll to 1,787.

Further detail on the 357 cases outlined that they are located in Dublin (218), Louth (18), Waterford (12), Kildare (11), Cork (9), Kerry (8), Limerick (8), Meath (8), Westmeath (7), Wicklow (5), Offaly (5), Roscommon (5), Mayo (5), Tipperary (5) with the remaining 28 divided amongst Clare, Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo and Wexford.

Community transmission is responsible for 60 of the cases while 38% are due to close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak.

Speaking on Tuesday, Dr. Ronan Glynn, stated, “In the first half of 2020, Ireland responded swiftly to a new and unpredictable pandemic. Our collective response suppressed the curve, saved lives and put us on a solid foundation to deal with COVID-19 going forward”.

He referenced the Government’s 5-Level framework and said three core messages were at the heart of it. “Simple measures taken by everyone are our best defence against COVID-19. No single measure will work in isolation, what matters is combination prevention. Continued cooperation and solidarity across society remains central to our response”.

“The basic preventions against the spread of COVID-19 remain unchanged; wash your hands regularly, physically distance from others including friends and family, wear a face covering, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them,” the Acting Chief Medical Officer concluded.

Meanwhile on Tuesday evening, it has emerged that the Cabinet has to restrict their movements as Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly (FF) is to be tested for COVID-19 after beginning to feel unwell this afternoon. The Dáil is now adjourned until “further notice”, the Ceann Comhairle 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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