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Community transmission remains high nationally with Clare recording 24 new cases of COVID-19

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24 new cases of COVID-19 have emerged in Co Clare among 1,335 nationally while the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have announced 54 further deaths.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the populations remains the ninth lowest in the country at 504.1, the national rate stands at 674.2. “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household,” the Chief Medical Officer stated.

Dr Tony Holohan added, “The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths”.

Health officials have outlined that provisionally 23 new cases are known in Clare, as ever the county figures will be analysed by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre with confirmed data to be released tomorrow.

Nationally, there are 1,335 extra cases. 437 are in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties.

Notification has been issued of 54 more deaths related to the virus bringing the country’s death toll to 3,120. 50 of the deaths occurred in January and involved persons aged 55 to 96 with a median age of 85.

Data from 2pm on Wednesday indicated that 217 persons remained in critical care, they are among the 1,670 in hospitals while 81 individuals were hospitalised in the last 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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