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Less than 5 of the 240 new COVID-19 cases located in Clare

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Additional cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Clare among the 240 new cases nationally.

Less than five positive samples are known for Co Clare in the past twenty four hours. It marks the ninth day in succession that the county has experienced an increase in cases.

Half of the cases announced are in Dublin while it is understood the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have recommended that the capital move to Level 3 of the Living with COVID-19 framework.

Detail from the Department of Health has outlined that of the 240 cases, they occurred in Dublin (119), Wicklow (19), Kildare (17), Donegal (16), Waterford (15), Limerick (10), Cork (8), Louth (6), Wexford (5) with the remaining 24 split between Clare, Carlow, Cavan, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath.

Officials in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre have been notified of an additional death related to COVID-19 bringing the country’s death toll to 1,789.

A higher proportion of cases in all age-groups has been witnessed, Dr Ronan Glynn stated on Thursday. “Act now to save lives. Limit your contacts as much as possible. Assume you and those you meet are infectious, keep your distance and do your part to keep others safe,” the Acting Chief Medical Officer outlined.

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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