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Less than five new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare while a dip in the amount of extra diagnoses nationally has been observed.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population remains the fourth lowest in the country standing at 42.9. NPHET reported on Wednesday that less than five new cases of the virus were known in the county.

Across the country, 371 new cases have been diagnosed with 131 in Dublin, 38 in Kildare, 33 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 17 in Meath and the remaining 134 cases are spread across 17 other counties.

An additional 13 deaths linked to the virus have been recorded. 3 deaths occurred in April, 3 in March, and 7 in February or earlier. The median age of those who died was 85 years and the age range was 60 – 95 years. There has been a total of 4,896 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Numbers in intensive care have reduced to 45 while those hospitalised has stayed the same at 153. A total of 17 extra hospitalisations were recorded in the past 24 hours.
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As of April 26th, 2021, 1,417,942 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland. 403,302 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

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