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No new COVID-19 cases in Clare

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Co Clare has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row while nationally 7 deaths and 28 additional cases have been confirmed.

7 further deaths have occurred in the Republic of Ireland from COVID-19, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) have confirmed. Following the de-notification of one death, it means that 1,670 people have died in the country to date as a result of the virus.

An extra 28 cases are known to the HPSC bringing to 25,163 the total amount of individuals to test positive for Coronavirus in the country. The HPSC have said 7 cases previously confirmed have now been de-notified.

In Co Clare, as of Wednesday (June 3rd) there has been no increase in the amount of confirmed cases. 369 individuals have received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, many of whom have since recovered.

Speaking at Friday’s press briefing, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan stressed that no length of time on what classified as a short-visit would be provided. “Increasingly, this will be more about individuals and families taking on responsibilities for behaviours that can suppress the virus”.

He said that cosmetic clinics offering treatment such as botox should not reopen until hair dressers and nail bars do.

“We are advising people to stay local, we don’t want people across the country for holiday reasons at this time,” Holohan stated when asked if people would be allowed to stay overnight from June 29th when domestic tourism is planned to reopen.

New guidance has been issued to nursing homes to facilitate visitors. “They will have to put in place those arrangements, we are moving from the situation of a blanket recommendation to where there is specific guidance”.

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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