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Extra COVID-19 cases recorded in Co Clare

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A total of three new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Co Clare, latest county by county figures have shown while on Thursday an additional 324 diagnoses have been announced by Department of Health officials.

County by county figures which are as of Tuesday note that Clare recorded three further positive samples. On Thursday’s update, there is no mention of the county but it is possible that it is one of eleven counties where 25 cases are based.

Elsewhere, 167 of the 342 cases are located in Dublin, 42 in Donegal, 34 in Cork, 13 in Monaghan, 12 in Kildare, 8 in Cavan, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Meath, 6 in Roscommon and 5 in Wicklow.

An additional three deaths related to the virus have been announced by the Department of Health. The nation’s death toll from the pandemic now stands at 1,797.

“Public health doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases and are not restricting the movements,” Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn warned on Thursday.

Dr Glynn added, “Remember that COVID-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without symptoms. If you are a close contact of a confirmed case please follow the guidelines on hse.ie and restrict your movements for 14 days – do not go to school or work, do not have visitors to your home, do not go to the shop or pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary”.

One in ten close contacts who had a test were found to be positive last week, the Acting CMO stated.

An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin (FF) has confirmed that Donegal is to enter Level 3 of the Living with COVID-19 framework. Subsequently heightened restrictions will be implemented.

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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