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Clare’s COVID-19 figures remain among lowest in Ireland

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Approval of NPHET’s prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccines represents “an important step” while Co Clare has recorded less than five new cases of the virus.

Clare has the sixth lowest 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population for COVID-19 in the country. The figure of 32.8 is well below the national equivalent of 80.2. Less than five new cases of the virus are known in the county, Department of Health officials have stated.

There have been 39 cases in Clare over the past fortnight.

Nationally, there are 215 new cases. 74 are in Dublin, 22 in Donegal, 15 in Kilkenny, 14 in Louth, 11 in Limerick and the remaining 79 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

An additional death has been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre while three previously confirmed deaths have been de-notified.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Chief Medical Officer acknowledged the Government’s approval of NPHET advice on the prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccines as “an important step in the development of the vaccine strategy”.

“While each of us awaits our opportunity to be vaccinated, it is important that we continue to protect each other in the meantime, particularly over Christmas and in the months ahead. Continue to follow public health advice; avoid crowded places, physically distance, wear face coverings, wash hands regularly and practice cough/sneeze etiquette,” Dr Tony Holohan 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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