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More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in Cork Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in Cork Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

COVID-19 latest: 49 more people have died

Forty-nine more people with COVID-19 have died while 631 additional cases of the coronavirus have now been notified in Ireland.

It brings the number of people with COVID-19 who have died here to 769, while the total number of cases reported now stands at 16,671.

An in-depth breakdown of data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that on Sunday night, 1,321 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the HSE South which includes Cork and Kerry. 

Some 1,053 of these cases were reported in Cork. 

A total of 262 of the cases in the HSE South region were reported amongst healthcare workers.

Fifty-five clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 had been reported in the region with nine of these relating to hospitals, nine in private houses and seven in residential institutions.

Five clusters or outbreaks related to community hospital/long-stay facilities, five were in an ‘other’ category, five were workplace-related and five were travel-related.

Three of these related to extended families, two were hotel-related, one was in a pub and one was a community outbreak.

Official figures from the HSE show that on Tuesday night (April 21st), 50 people were being treated at hospitals in Cork for COVID-19.

Thirty-six people with confirmed COVID-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy University Hospital, with another 14 people with suspected COVID-19 receiving care at these facilities.

Eight patients were receiving care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 at critical care units in the city; four at CUH, three at the Mercy and one at the Bon Secours hospital.

The figures also show that there were 15 critical care beds available for patients at Cork hospitals in addition to 75 general beds.