Five new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare among 418 across the country.
A five day moving average of 51 has been reported for Clare by NPHET with the county recording a 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population of 42.9 making it the fifth lowest figure in the Republic of Ireland.
There are 418 new cases diagnosed across the country with 167 in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties including 5 in Clare.
An additional seven deaths related to COVID-19 have been recorded. Of the deaths notified today, 5 occurred in April, 1 in February and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 67-92 years.
Numbers in intensive care and hospital have dropped. As of 8am today, 137 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations were recorded in the past 24 hours.
As of Monday May 3rd, 1,621,870 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland. 447,578 people have received both doses.
Dr Tony Holohan stated on Wednesday, “When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.
“Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties. Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups. We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe,” the Chief Medical Officer added.