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No further rise in Clare’s COVID-19 cases

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No additional COVID-19 cases have been reported in Co Clare of the 38 announced across the country today (Friday).

Having recorded an increase of 11 cases on Wednesday (announced on Thursday) following 8 new diagnoses on Monday, Co Clare has not added to its total amount of confirmed cases today.

Nationally, 38 new cases have been reported on Friday. The total figure of cases since the Coronavirus outbreak in March is now 25,065. 32 of the cases are located in either Dublin or Kildare while 26 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of confirmed cases. The 32 cases are 22 males and 16 females with a median age of 30 years old, 82% of them are aged under 45.

Of the 123 cases announced in the past two days, 19 have been identified as community transmission.

“Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks. We may be beginning to see more cases which we cannot link to outbreaks or close contacts. The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor this situation closely over the coming days,” Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated.

There have been no deaths linked to the virus in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health have confirmed. 1,763 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

For the August Bank Holiday weekend, Dr Glynn has pleaded with the public to follow recommended advice. “This weekend, the six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network & time you spend with them, keep your distance, meet up outside if possible, wash your hands, wear a face covering and download the COVID Tracker App.”

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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