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Less than five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Co Clare for the second day in succession.

Off the back of recording 13 new cases on Saturday, the trend of high cases in the county has not been sustained. NPHET confirmed on Tuesday that less than five new persons have been diagnosed with the virus for the second day in a row.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population is now 61.4 and is the sixth lowest in the country. The national rate stands at 164.1.

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There are 368 new cases across the country. 127 are in Dublin, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Meath, 21 in Limerick, 19 in Offaly and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

An additional 14 deaths related to the virus have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). 12 deaths occurred in March, 1 in February and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 68 – 97 years. There has been a total of 4,681 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of 8am today, 310 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 67 are in ICU. 29 additional hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

802,502 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, data from Saturday has highlighted. 224,861 people have received their both doses.

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