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No new COVID-19 cases in Clare

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56 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland, none of which are in Co Clare.

For the first time in a week, there has been no increase in the amount of persons from Co Clare to have tested positive for the virus. 432 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Clare following confirmation of an additional two cases as of Saturday.

Kildare (26) is accountable for the majority of the 56 cases followed by Dublin (13) with the remaining 17 located in Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Further detail on the cases provided by the Department of Health has outlined that 79% are under the age of 45. Outbreaks and close contacts are confirmed to be the cause of 35 cases announced on Monday with 12 as a result of community transmission. To date, 27,313 persons have tested positive for the virus since March across the country.

Health officials have confirmed that no additional deaths have been recorded leaving the death toll at 1,774.

Monday’s scheduled press briefing was cancelled to facilitate a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team. They are finalising further recommendations which will be put before the Government this week.

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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