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Cut social contacts in half says Acting CMO as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

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188 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded by the Department of Health across the country, it has not been specified if any of these are located in Co Clare.

Of the 188 cases announced on Monday evening, Dublin (76), Cork (25), Donegal (21), Kildare (16), Galway (13), Roscommon (7) and Waterford (7) are listed as counties where additional positive samples have been observed. A further 23 cases are spread among 12 unnamed counties, the Department have stated.

In a statement on Monday evening, the Acting Chief Medical Officer appealed to the public to continue to co-operate and show solidarity. “Encourage your family and friends to heed the public health advice. Now more than ever, we need to work collectively. Our individual actions count on a population level.

“Every one of us doing our bit in our daily lives – halving our social contacts, working from home, keeping our distance, wearing a face covering, washing our hands – matters a great deal. These small, positive steps taken together amount to our best and strongest defence against the virus,” Dr Ronan Glynn added.

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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