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Four deaths and 98 new Covid cases nationally

FOUR patients with Covid-19 have died, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) As of midnight Thursday 6th August, the HPSC has been notified of 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,470 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.  There has now been a total of 1,772 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. Of the cases notified today; 57 are men / 38 are women 68% are under 45 years of age 67 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case 4 cases have been identified as community transmission 35 cases are located in Kildare, 26 in Offaly, 6 in Wexford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Dublin, and 21 are spread across ten other counties (Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Westmeath and Wicklow). The HSE said it is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent …

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Sunday update: 53 new Covid cases, no increase in Clare

  A TOTAL of 53 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported today (Sunday) to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. There are no new confirmed cases in Clare. No additional deaths have been notified nationally. According to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET)  has now been a total of 1,763 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Saturday, August 1, there is a total of 26,162 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today; 27 are men / 26 are women 80% are under 45 years of age 45 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case 4 cases have been identified as community transmission 25 cases are located in Dublin, 19 in Laois, 6 in Kildare and the remaining 3 are spread across two other counties. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. …

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Saturday update: No further Covid-19 deaths reported

THERE have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Saturday (August 1), and no new cases diagnosed in Clare. Nationally, there have now been 1,763 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Friday July 31, the HPSC has been notified of 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,109 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. The number of confirmed infections in this county remains at 391. Details of the cases notified is as follows: • 23 are men / 22 are women • 77% are under 45 years of age (50% aged 25- 44 years) • 9 cases are located in Limerick, 8 in Kildare, 7 in Mayo, 6 in Cavan, 4 in Dublin with the remainder spread across 5 other counties. • 18 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case • 12 cases have been identified as community transmission The HSE is working to identify …

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Fears that ‘2m rule’ will force rural pub closures

PUBLICANS in Clare have reacted positively to news that pubs will be allowed to open three weeks earlier than planned, but have voiced concern that the two metre social distancing rule will force some rural pubs to remain closed. Under the accelerated road map unveiled by government last Friday, so-called “wet pubs,” which don’t serve food, can open for business from July 20. Pubs serving food may re-open, along with the rest of the hospitality sector, from June 29. While the news has been welcomed by organisations representing the trade, there is broad agreement that the two metre social distancing rule could mean smaller pubs face closure for the foreseeable future. In Feakle, Gary Pepper of Pepper’s Bar and Restaurant, said described the two metre rule as “a non-runner,” but expressed optimism about the pledge by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to reconsider the guideline. “We’re looking forward to June 29.” he said. “There is a lot of …

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Council CEO calls for ‘champions’ in battle against Covid-19

CHAMPIONS are needed in every family and parish across the county in order to win the battle against the coronavirus, according to the CEO of Clare County Council. Making an appeal to the public to continue to stick to government guidelines and to avoid complacency, as Ireland sets out on the road to re-opening, Pat Dowling also thanked the public for their efforts to-date. “We are very grateful for all of the sacrifices everyone has made,” he said. “We understand that there can be slippage and fatigue, but we must continue to comply, and to adapt in order to survive. We have to persevere in order to prevail. We have civil leadership from all of our agencies who continue to collaborate, and who are used to working together for the greater good. What we need now is deeper leadership and people who are willing to be champions of the cause in every family and in every parish, because we must …

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East Clare angling competitions ‘unlikely’ in 2020

DESPITE the phased re-opening of inland fisheries around the region, some in the Clare angling community believe that it could be 2021 before any major competitions can go ahead. Last week, on advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) re-opened their facilities, with the exception of those in Galway and on the Moy. The ESB also re-opened fisheries, including those on the Shannon. In line with the NPHET road map for the reopening of the country, anglers can currently access waterways with 5km of their homes. From next Monday, angling in groups of up to four will be permitted. From June 8, subject to targets that underpin the road map, people will be allowed to travel 20km. At all stages of the re-opening, people must comply with social distance guidelines. In the east of the county, Anthony Weir of the Tulla and District Angling Club, said that while the re-opening of fisheries was a …

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McNamara to chair new Covid-19 Dáil committee

CLARE Independent TD, Michael McNamara has said he doesn’t expect the new Covid-19 Dáil committee, of which be became chairperson this week, to be a star chamber or to make a political football of public health guidelines. Responding to questions from The Clare Champion this week, Deputy McNamara said he expected the high-profile committee to treat witnesses, who will include Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan, with respect and to focus on matters of public interest and information. The committee, which is the only one sitting currently, is made up of four members each from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin, with one seat each for other parties and Independent groups. On Tuesday, it elected Deputy McNamara, by lunchtime, to be its chair, before a longer-than-expected private session which continued into the late afternoon. For reasons of social distancing and to ensure the committee has legal privilege, the meeting took place in the Dáil chamber, with the Scariff-based …

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