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518 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded across the country with no increase in deaths.

Department of Health officials have not confirmed if any of these are located in Co Clare. The only detail on the location of cases from the Department is that 134 are in Dublin, 53 in Cork, 49 in Limerick, 34 in Donegal, 32 in Meath and the remaining 216 cases are spread across 20 counties.

Cases involving individuals under the age of 45 account for 68 percent of the new cases with 30 percent caused from close contacts with a confirmed case or an outbreak.

No further deaths have been recorded across the country leaving the death toll at 1,810.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan in a statement on Monday evening outlined, “We have seen in recent days a significant and concerning deterioration in the epidemiological situation nationally. It is vital that we do everything in our power now to arrest the current trajectory nationally and very substantially suppress the virus back down to a low level of transmission in advance of the winter months”.

“Our core priorities have to be protected. We must work together to keep our non-covid health services open, keep our children in education and protect the lives of the most vulnerable to this disease. Solidarity is now more important than ever as we work to once again suppress this virus in our communities,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated.

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