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Clare’s spread of COVID-19 remains among the lowest in Ireland.

Less than five new cases of the virus have been diagnosed in the county, NPHET stated on Friday. Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population is 37 and is the third lowest in the country. The county’s 7 day incidence rate is 55.

There are 420 new cases nationally, 147 are in Dublin, 41 in Meath, 33 in Donegal, 26 in Galway, 18 in Limerick and the remaining 155 cases are spread across all other counties.

An additional 11 deaths related to the virus are known across the country. Of the deaths reported today, 3 occurred in April, 1 occurred in March, 2 in February and 5 occurred in January or earlier. The median age of those who died was 88 years and the age range was 77-94 years. There has been a total of 4,831 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Data from 8am on Friday detailed that 53 persons remained in critical care because of the virus, they are included in the 190 hospitalised, 12 of which were admitted in the past 24 hours.

As of April 14th, 2021, 1,121,003 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, 331,477 people have received both doses.

Speaking on Friday, An Garda Síochána Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon paid tribute to the hard work and sacrifice to the “vast majority of people” for leading to an improvement in the key indicators of the virus.

“It is important now that we continue to do the right things. We need to maintain social distancing, limit our contacts, and regularly wash our hands. Please do not gather in large groups or attend or host house parties. Being at such gatherings puts you, your loved ones and everyone you have contact with after at risking of catching COVID-19,” the Kilmurry McMahon native stated.

An Garda Síochána have issued over 3,500 fines to date for people attending or organising house parties. Gardaí have cautioned that illegal parking at such locations can result in cars being towed and impounded, all adults in a car found to be undertaking a non-essential journey may be liable for a €100 fine each

To date, An Garda Síochána has issued approximately 20,280 Covid-19 fines across the range of all COVID-19 breaches. As of close of business yesterday (April 15, 2021) the following number of fines had been recorded, 14,650 €100 fines for non-essential travel, 1,186 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports – the total number of €100 and €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports is 1,561, 718 €500 fines for organising a house party and 2,855 €150 fines for attending a house party, 341 fines of €80 each for not wearing a face covering, 407 fines of €100 for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the State

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