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‘Stark situation’ in hospitals with 54 new COVID-19 cases in Clare

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54 new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Co Clare among the 2,944 nationally.

Clare has reported a further 54 cases of the virus, the county has a 14 day incidence rate of 1459.4 per 100k of the population.

Across the country, there are 2,944 new cases. 1,065 cases are in Dublin, 306 in Cork, 181 in Galway, 180 in Kildare, 160 in Limerick and the remaining 1,052 cases are spread across all other counties.

An additional thirteen deaths as a result of the virus have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

There are 195 persons in critical care as of 2pm on Sunday, they are among the 1,928 individuals in hospital. 68 hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan stated, “The situation in our hospitals is stark. We are seeing people of all ages being admitted to hospital and being taken into intensive care units. The levels of infection are such that your chances of transmitting or getting COVID-19 are very high, and we know that a proportion of those cases will lead to serious illness and mortality. There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and health and social care facilities safe”.

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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