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Less than five new COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in Co Clare.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population standing at 39.6 is the fifth lowest in the country. Fewer than five people have tested positive for the virus according to most recent data from NPHET.

Nationally, 383 new cases are known with 129 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 25 in Louth and the remaining 132 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

Two additional deaths related to the virus have been recorded. There has been a total of 4,908 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

An increase in the amount of persons hospitalised (+15) and in critical care (+1) has been observed. As of 8am today, 144 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. 10 additional hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

1,604,644 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland as of Sunday (May 2nd) with 445,561 people getting both doses.

Speaking on Monday, the Chief Medial Officer warned, “The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated. Collectively we know how to interrupt the spread of this disease, so when you are making plans for coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands”.

Dr Tony Holohan added, “And if it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time. Together these simple measures will minimise the risk of infection”.

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