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‘Virus will not survive if we prevent ourselves from passing it’ – Clare Covid-19 cases rise

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Ten more patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have died in Ireland while the latest figures for Co Clare reveal there are 34 confirmed cases.

As of 1pm on Sunday March 29th, there are 2,615 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland. To date, 46 people in the Republic and 67 on the island of Ireland have died as a result of COVID-19. The most recent deaths occurred in the east (6), northwest (3) and south (1).

Data studied from midnight on Friday which involved 2,216 cases revealed there to be 34 instances in Clare. Dublin has the highest amount with 1,233 and 208 in Cork.

379 cases are from 103 clusters. 564 individuals have been hospitalised with 77 of these admitted to ICU and 504 of those diagnosed are healthcare workers.

Community transmission remains the biggest spread of Coronavirus in Ireland (51%) followed by travel abroad (25%) and close contact (24%).

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health stated, “While we continue to build our capacity for intensive care, our strategy remains to prevent people from needing intensive care in the first place. We know the virus will not survive if we prevent it from passing among ourselves. The enhanced restrictions announced on Friday aim to slow down and restrict the spread of the virus.”

“We are asking everyone to embrace the new restrictions and follow public health advice to stay home and restrict your movements for the next two weeks. It is in all our hands to interrupt the spread of this virus,” he added.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn confirmed that attendance at blood donations is still permitted with social distancing now implemented at all Irish Transfusion Board clinics to maintain supply. He said, “3,000 blood donations are needed every week to meet demand and the ready availability of this blood for transfusion is vital to the daily treatment of patients in our hospitals”.

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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