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Further minimal increase of COVID-19 cases in Clare

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No increase in COVID-19 deaths have been recorded across the country while the amount of confirmed cases has jumped by 326.

Co Clare is not one of the counties most severely impacted by this rise. The Department of Health has not specified if it is one of eight counties where 25 new cases have been reported. Figures for Wednesday showed one additional case diagnosed in Clare.

Detail on the 326 cases reported in the past 24 hours note that 152 are in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway, 15 in Meath, 11 in Kildare, 9 in Kerry, 8 in Louth, 8 in Westmeath, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Mayo, 6 in Tipperary and 5 in Wexford, with the remaining 25 cases in 8 counties. 49 of the cases are as a result of community transmission with 33 percent due to close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stressed the need for public health advice to be adhered to. “I ask every individual to take personal responsibility to prioritise who you need to see, limit the size of your social network and reduce your social contacts over the coming days and weeks. Because while there is every chance that other areas will have to move to level 3, there is nothing inevitable about it. We have seen previously how people working together can turn the tide on this virus and bring increasing trajectories back under control.

“Know how valuable your individual actions are. Your choices and your actions are part of how we will succeed,” Dr Glynn concluded.

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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