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Clare has reported a further drop in the amount of COVID-19 cases across the county.

Only seven other counties have reported less new cases of the virus than Co Clare (42) in the past fortnight.

Less than five additional cases of COVID-19 are known in Clare as per the latest figures announced by the Department of Health.

Nationally, 456 further cases have been reported. A technical issue that delayed uploading of laboratory results to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been resolved. This had led to a reduced number of cases reported in recent days. The reporting is reflected in a higher number of cases today.

There has been no impact on the management of cases or the timeliness of contact tracing. Day on day variations such as these are taken into account in all epidemiological analyses.

Of the 456 cases announced, 197 in Dublin, 37 in Donegal, 33 in Limerick, 21 in Louth, 20 in Kilkenny and the remaining 148 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

Notification has also been issued to the HPSC of an additional 13 deaths. Since March, 2,099 persons have died as a result of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

35.3 is the 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population in Co Clare with the national equivalent at 80.9. The country’s 7 day incidence rate is 42.9.

As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU. 5 additional hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

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