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Dip in Clare COVID-19 cases & Holohan expresses concern progress is being lost

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Co Clare has recorded a dip in the amount of new COVID-19 cases.

Having recorded 28 new cases in Sunday’s figures, data revealed on Tuesday which is of Monday’s cases has shown there to be less than five new diagnoses of the virus in the county.

It is not clear if a particular event led to the sudden spike of 28 cases.

Across the country, 366 additional confirmed cases have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). 84 are in Dublin, 44 in Limerick, 34 in Cork, 34 in Donegal, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Health officials have confirmed that a further 11 deaths related to the virus are known, all of which occurred in November. It brings the national death toll since the emergence of the pandemic here to 1,995.

A total of 14 people have been hospitalised as a result of Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health have stated. Latest hospital data which is from 2pm on Tuesday has detailed that 272 individuals are being treated in Irish hospitals for the virus, 34 of which are in ICUs.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said he is becoming “increasingly concerned” that the positive trends of recent weeks have not been maintained. “The 5-day moving average of daily cases has increased from an average of 350 cases on the 11th November to 424 today.

“We have two weeks to continue in our efforts to drive down community transmission of this disease as much as possible. The lower the incidence the more flexibility the country will have in easing measures.”

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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