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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clare rises to 151

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A further 41 deaths due to COVID-19 have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland with an additional 778 confirmed cases nationally and 15 in Co Clare.

On Saturday, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was informed that 41 more people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland had died. The geographic detail provided has outlined that 35 of these deaths were in the east, 4 in the west and 2 in the north. They were comprised of 23 females and 18 males with a median age of 83. 35 of the 41 were reported as having underlying conditions.

Latest figures available to the HPSC which are from 11:15am this morning has confirmed that there are 778 new cases in the country. 630 of these were reported by Irish laboratories and 148 from German labs. It means 14,758 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland to date.

15 extra cases are now known in Co Clare as the total figure currently stands at 151. This is the second largest daily increase of individuals receiving a positive diagnosis in the county. Over the past 48 hours, 32 positive cases has been confirmed in Clare. The county by county breakdown relates to figures as of midnight on Thursday April 16th.

Testing in residential settings including nursing homes is a priority at present for the Department of Health, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has said to interrupt the transmission of the virus. “This sector remains a priority for our focused attention and we will continue to monitor and support them through this outbreak.”

There have now been 571 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. 57% of these are male and 43% female. The age range is from 23 to 105 years old with the reported median age of 83. 330 of cases were admitted to hospital and 46 to ICU.

Data from Thursday’s 13,746 has also been provided by health officials. There are said to be 454 clusters of which 2,964 cases are involved in. 2,168 of cases have been hospitalised with 296 of these individuals referred to ICU. 3,573 healthcare workers have received a positive diagnosis for Coronavirus.

Dublin has the highest amount of cases (50%) followed by Cork (7%) as per Thursday’s figures. Where the transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact for 43% and travel abroad accounts for 5%.

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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