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Clare records nine new COVID-19 cases

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Nine new COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in Co Clare.

On a day when Northern Ireland recorded its highest ever daily total of Coronavirus cases (934), a total of 470 new cases have been announced in the Republic of Ireland by Department of Health officials.

Detail on the geographic location of these has shown that 198 cases are in Dublin, 61 in Cork, 36 in Donegal, 19 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 12 in Kerry, 11 in Galway, 11 in Meath, 10 in Roscommon, 9 in Cavan, 9 in Clare, 9 in Kilkenny, 9 in Longford, 9 in Offaly, 9 in Westmeath, 8 in Louth, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Wexford, with the remaining 17 cases in 7 counties.

Co Clare has experienced an increase of 41 cases in the space of 72 hours, health officials have confirmed. It follows further analysis of cases which indicate an increase of 17 and not 14 for Wednesday’s figures.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has resulted in the denotification of 6 deaths. One new death has been reported leaving the total death toll in the country at 1,801.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said the national situation was of “serious concern”. He outlined, “NPHET is now recommending that no more than two households should meet at any given time. It is vital that everyone, families, friends and neighbours, limit the opportunities this virus has to move from person to person and stop the spread of the disease across households. Behave as though you have the virus and keep yourself and those around you safe – don’t take a risk by organising or attending gatherings with more than one other household”.

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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