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Further reduction in amount of new COVID-19 cases in Clare

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For the fourth day in succession, fewer amounts of new COVID-19 cases have emerged in Co Clare.

On Friday evening, the Department of Health announced a total of 1,000 new cases of the virus across the country, 12 of which are located in Co Clare.

Clare’s daily count so far this week is 39 on Monday, 22 on Tuesday, 13 on Wednesday and 12 on Thursday. The county’s fourteen incidence rate per 100,000 of population is now the fifth highest in the country at 308.9.

Elsewhere in the figures which were alerted to health authorities on Thursday, 254 are in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan, 75 in Galway and the remaining 388 split between 20 counties. 71 percent of the cases are in people under the age of 45 with a median age of 31.

Three further deaths related to Coronavirus have been recorded in the country. 1,841 persons have died as a result of the virus in the Republic of Ireland since March.

With regard to hospitals, 246 individuals are being treated for the virus in Irish hospitals, 30 of which are in ICU. In the past 24 hours, there have been 13 COVID-19 related hospitalisations.

Nationally numbers are continuing to rise, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan cautioned. “Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum. Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread”.

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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