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Less than five new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare among 371 nationally.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population at 53.9 is the fifth lowest in the country. Furthermore, there are less than five new cases of the virus diagnosed in Clare.

There is a reduction in the amount of daily cases announced nationally. NPHET stated on Tuesday evening that a further 371 persons tested positive for the virus. 151 are in Dublin, 31 in Offaly, 27 in Donegal, 25 in Galway, 21 in Meath and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 16 other counties.

An additional 24 deaths related to COVID-19 have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Tuesday. 12 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February and 2 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 49 – 100 years. There has been a total of 4,610* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

A reduction in the amount of individuals in critical care has been observed. As of 8am today, there were 76 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, they are included in the tally of 357 COVID-19 patients, 25 of which were admitted in the past 24 hours.

Latest data on the vaccine has indicated that 183,840 individuals have received both doses as of Saturday. A total of 675,946 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Speaking on Tuesday, Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta outlined that the impact of COVID-19 on hospital beds and services was “reducing steadily” in the West of Ireland. He told a meeting of the Regional Health Forum West that “somewhat worryingly” the level of improvement regarding hospital occupancy “has plateaued out”. He concluded, “It is a situation we need to keep under ongoing review”.

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