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No new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare.

On Wednesday evening, the Department of Health announced that no new cases of COVID-19 in Clare were among the 227 nationally. 70 are in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 19 in Limerick,14 in Louth, 14 in Kilkenny and the remaining 84 cases are spread across 17 other counties.

Five additional deaths have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre bringing the country’s death toll from the virus to 2,102.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population is now at 32 compared with the national rate of 79.5.

Over the past 24 hours, 14 COVID-19 hospitalisations were recorded. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan stated, “Today we have seen 8 new admissions to ICU, the most in a 24 hour period since the spring time. COVID-19 is still an extremely infectious disease which has the potential to lead to hospitalisation and even ICU admissions.

“If we do not continue to suppress the disease through the actions we have learned over recent months, we will very quickly see a surge in infections leading to an increase in hospitalisations, ICU admissions and, tragically, deaths. We are actively planning to begin vaccinating people in early 2021. We cannot afford to drop our guard now,” Dr Holohan added.

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