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Three new Covid-19 cases in Clare

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been informed that 10 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died, eight male and two female. This figures come as three new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Clare. The total in this county now stands at 34. Nationally, six deaths are located in the east of the country, three in the northwest and one in the south.  The median age of today’s reported deaths is 77. There have now been 46 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm today. There are now 2,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Friday 27 March (2,216 cases), reveals: 51% are male and 48% are …

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Five new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Clare

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today (Saturday) been informed that 14 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. All 14 deaths located in the east of the country. The median age of today’s reported deaths is 81. There have now been 36 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 294 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, today. This figure includes five new cases in Clare bringing the total to 31. There are now 2,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. As of midnight, Thursday March 26 the data (1,904 cases), reveals: 53% are male and 46% are female, with 91 clusters involving 351 cases the median age of confirmed cases is 46 years 489 cases (26%) have been hospitalised Of those hospitalised, …

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Clare Community Response Team Established

MAYOR of Clare, Clare Colleran Molloy, called a multi-agency meeting this week to receive an update on the co-ordination of the provision of basic services to communities around the county during the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at the meeting the Mayor applauded the efforts of communities and local volunteers who have already mobilised in their respective communities, referencing that “the role of the convened advisory group is to enable and support that community spirit to ensure the continuity and sustainability of services to the vulnerable members of our county throughout the Covid-19 crisis. This inter-agency approach is critical to the success of this initiative ensuring that each agencies expertise in their respective fields is aligned in delivering much needed assistance within our communities.” The meeting was chaired by the Mayor and attended by Clare County Council’s Rural & Community staff, representatives of Clare Volunteer Centre, Clare Public Participation Network (PPN), Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) together with An Garda Síochána, Health …

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A deserted market area in Ennis showing that Clare citizens are observing the new rules.

County told to stay at home

As of midnight on Saturday, Clare citizens have effectively been ordered to stay indoors except for a few clearly identified circumstances. The announcement was made during a televised address from Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. All public and private gatherings outside of a single household are also prohibited in the most stringent attempt so far to deal with the Corona virus. People will be allowed to leave their homes to travel to essential work, to travel to medical appointments, to shop for food or medical necessities or for vital family reasons, for example providing care to a vulnerable person. Exercise can be taken outdoors but only singly and within 2km of your home. Non essential shops and services will close and all non-essential surgery will be postponed. A ban on visiting hospitals and other health facilities is in place except on compassionate grounds. A list of essential businesses will be published later today and some shops will be restricted to call out …

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Milan's Duomo

Bridgetown woman sends stark warning from Milan

By Fiona McGarry A SOUTH-East Clare woman, living in Northern Italy, has pleaded with the Irish people to take Government guidelines on social distancing seriously in order to contain the spread of Covid-19. Rachel Turner, originally from Bridgetown, has been living in Milan for more than a decade and said people here should be taking every possible precaution to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus. As the death toll in Italy surpasses that of China, Rachel told The Clare Champion the mood is very low and people are desperately missing their normal lifestyles, after more than a month of severe restrictions on movement. Earlier this month, Italy put around 16 million people into lockdown. Under the measures, people are forbidden to enter or leave the region of Lombardy, where Milan is the main city. “We had a neighbour taken away in an ambulance this morning and the apartment block disinfected,” Ruth said. “The death toll is very high for Milan …

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First anniversary of Laura Brennan’s passing

Today (March 20) marks the first anniversary of the death of HPV vaccine campaigner, Laura Brennan. The 26 year old Ennis woman lost her battle with terminal cancer having emerged, during her illness, as one of Ireland’s leading patient advocates and campaigners for the HPV vaccine. In a statement this morning on social media, the Brennan family paid tribute to their daughter and sister. “We remember with love our daughter and sister Laura, on this the first anniversary of her passing from us. The last twelve months has seen the HPV uptake rate nationally increase from the initial drop of 51% to 80%, while in county Clare the increase has been 90%. In addition the vaccine has been extended to first year boys in secondary schools. The support from schools, sporting organisations, businesses and the media towards the HPV Jersey Campaign has exceeded 10,000,” the statement read. “As regards the HPV vaccine, it has been extended to the UK, USA, …

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Less than five Covid-19 cases in Clare

THERE are currently less than five confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Clare. On Wednesday evening the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said that 74 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Ireland. The cases are made up of 29 females and 45 males: There have been two deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland. There are now 366 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. The HSE is working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. The National Public Health Emergency Team has made available an analysis of the 271 cases notified as at midnight on Monday, March 16. ·        Of the 271 cases notified 40% are male and 59% female, with 23 clusters. ·        To date 42% cases are travel related, 22% associated with community transmission, 17% are as a result of local transmission and 20% remain under investigation. · …

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Fatal car accident in Cratloe

Gardaí are investigating a fatal single vehicle road traffic collision that occurred in the Cratloekeel area of Cratloe at approximately 2:55am this morning. (March 17) An 18 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The scene has been preserved for a technical examination. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly and road users who travelled in the area who may have dash cam footage, to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212 400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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