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For the fourth day in succession, Clare has recorded less than five new cases of COVID-19.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population is the fifth lowest in the Republic of Ireland standing at 38.7.

With less than five new cases diagnosed in the county, it is now four days on the trot that less than five daily cases have been announced for Clare. Within the past fortnight, 46 people in the county have ben diagnosed with the virus.

Nationally, 390 new cases are known with 172 in Dublin, 42 in Kildare, 21 in Meath, 20 in Tipperary, 18 in Donegal and the remaining 117 cases are spread across 19 other counties. The country’s five day moving average is 380.

An additional 11 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported across the country. Of the deaths notified today, 4 occurred in April, 2 in March, 4 in February and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 50-93 years. There has been a total of 4,847 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Data from 8am on Tuesday has detailed that 179 persons are in hospital because of the virus, 48 of which are in intensive care. There were 18 hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 18th, 2021, 1,208,459 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, 352,947 people have received both doses.

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