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‘Vital to stop transmission of virus’ as COVID-19 cases increase by 617

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Interrupting the spread of COVID-19 is at a crucial stage, the Chief Medical Officer has warned as an additional 617 cases have been recorded across the country.

An outline of cases by county has not been provided by the Department of Health. Officials have announced 617 new cases with 123 in Dublin, 107 in Cork, 42 in Meath, 36 in Kerry, 35 in Galway and the remaining 274 cases are located across 21 counties.

Community transmission is attributed as the factor for 72 of the cases with 33 percent due to close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak. 73 percent of those diagnosed were under the age of 45.

Five new deaths have been notified to health authorities bringing the death toll to 1,821. One death has been de-notified by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Speaking on Friday, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan stated, “The profile of the disease continues to deteriorate. There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and 8 ICU admissions in the past 24 hours. We are continuing to see a high number of daily cases.

“It is vital that we interrupt the transmission of the virus now. NPHET continues to monitor the situation however it is early, individual action that is needed to suppress the virus. Please follow public health advice and do your part to make an impact on the disease”.

Latest detail for Co Clare has revealed that a total of 31 new cases were reported to the HPSC on Wednesday.

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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