*Photograph: John Mangan
Further cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare.
Co Clare has now recorded an increase in confirmed cases for nine days in a row. Nationally, 98 new cases have been reported to the Department of Health. They are located in Dublin (24), Kildare (13), Kerry (8), Kildare (6), Kilkenny (6), Limerick (6), Louth (6), Tipperary (5) with the remaining 30 in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Waterford and Wexford.
Community transmission is attributed to 9 of the new cases while 42 percent are as a result of close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak.
Analysis of Wednesday’s cases has shown there to be an increase of one case in Co Clare over the relevant 24 hour period.
While the amount of COVID-19 cases since March stands at 29,303, there has been no increase in the death toll which remains at 1,777.
“As we head into another weekend, keep physical distance top of mind at all times. Have no more than 6 visitors to your home and keep 2m between you. Open windows and keep rooms well ventilated if possible. It’s important that we all keep our number of social contacts low while we focus on keeping our schools safe, continuing to resume healthcare services and ultimately protecting the most vulnerable from COVID-19,” Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated on Friday.
Dr Glynn will be appearing as one of Ryan Tubridy’s guests this evening as a new season of The Late Late Show begins.