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Co Clare has recorded its lowest amount of COVID-19 cases so far this month, latest data from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has revealed.

Five new cases of the virus are known in the county, NPHET stated on Sunday. On Friday, ‘less than five’ new daily cases were announced but upon validation by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) this turned out to be six.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population currently stands at 126.2 and is the eleventh lowest in the country, the figure had been higher in recent weeks.

More than half a million people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across the country.

Nationally, there are 525 new cases with 214 in Dublin, 37 in Meath, 28 in Offaly, 28 in Limerick and 25 in Wicklow and the remaining 193 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

On Sunday, the HPSC was notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 1 death occurred in March and 1 in January. There has been a total of 4,422 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There has been no rise or reduction in numbers in critical care, the figure remains at 103 and forms part of the 423 individuals in hospital because of the virus. 14 additional hospitalisations were recorded in the past 24 hours.

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