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Clare records less than 5 daily cases of COVID-19 for first time of 2021

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Clare has recorded less than five new cases of COVID-19 in what represents the lowest daily increase since December 20th.

Pre-Christmas levels on the spread of COVID-19 have returned to Co Clare with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirming less than five new cases of the virus in the county.

Once again, the county has the fifth lowest 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population with the figure of 150.7 reflective of this.

Nationally, 1,006 new cases are known with 516 in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 46 in Galway, 43 in Meath, 36 in Louth and the remaining 302 cases are spread across all other counties.

An additional 54 deaths have been reported. 45 of these deaths occurred in February, 5 occurred in January and 4 are still under investigation. The median age of those who died was 86 years and the age range was 48 – 104 years. There has been a total of 3,794 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland following de-notification of 12 deaths.

Hospital figures from 2pm on Wednesday indicate that 173 of the 1,032 persons in hospital are in critical care. 40 hospitalisations were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Data from Sunday has detailed that 240,487 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland. 153,654 people have received their first dose and 86,833 people have received their second dose.

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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