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Significant reduction in hospital outbreaks as Clare records 16 new COVID-19 cases

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Clare has reported an increase of 16 COVID-19 cases with a further 686 nationally and one additional death.

On Monday, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) stated 16 further cases of the virus were known in Co Clare. Over the past fortnight, 176 persons have been diagnosed with Coronavirus in the county.

Currently Clare’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population stands at 148.1 and is the seventh lowest in the Republic of Ireland. The national 14 day incidence rate is 240.

Across the country, 686 extra cases of the virus have been diagnosed with 278 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 37 in Kildare, 32 in Louth, 31 in Donegal and the remaining 259 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

Yesterday no new deaths were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), one additional death is known as of Monday bringing the country’s death toll from COVID-19 to 4,137.

Hospital figures show that 156 persons are in critical care as of 8am on Monday morning, they are included in the tally of 726 COVID-19 hospitalised patients. 33 hospitalisations were noted in the past 24 hours.

There have been 340,704 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland on Friday. 214,384 people have received their first dose and 126,320 people have received their second dose.

Speaking on Monday, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer outlined, “We continue to see really high levels of compliance amongst the population and this is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in our communities. It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and 4 outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February”.

Dr Ronan Glynn added, “In time, vaccination will be our most powerful tool against COVID-19 and over the coming weeks those who are highest risk in our families and communities will get vaccinated. For now, each of us has a range of tried and trusted tools at our disposal – by keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face masks and staying at home we will continue to drive down transmission of this disease. Our collective efforts move us closer to the continued re-opening of our schools and the resumption of non-COVID healthcare services”.

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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