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Clare’s spread of COVID-19 below national rate

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Clare’s spread of COVID-19 remains among the lowest in Ireland.

On Friday evening, a provisional tally of 14 new cases of COVID-19 were assigned to Co Clare by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). Validated figures will be issued by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) tomorrow.

With a 14 day incidence rate of 199.5, Clare’s spread continues to be the fifth lowest in the country. All parts of the county have recorded a decrease in the transmission of the virus.

Nationally, there are 1,047 new cases of the virus with 292 in Dublin, 119 in Cork, 76 in Wexford, 60 in Limerick, 47 in Kildare and the remaining 453 cases are spread across all other counties.

An additional 35 COVID-19 related deaths have been notified to the HPSC. 29 of these deaths occurred in February, 6 occurred in January. The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 63-96 years. There has been a total of 3,621 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of 2pm today, 1,221 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 181 are in ICU. 51 additional hospitalisations were recorded in the past 24 hours.

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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