More cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Cork in the last month, then during the first six months of the pandemic combined.
Figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that up to September 21st, a total of 1,841 cases of Covid-19 had been reported from Cork.
However, an analysis of data published in recent days shows that by October 21st, a total of 4,427 cases had been reported in Cork, an increase of 2,586 cases on the previous month.
Figures from the HPSC show that a total of 574 clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 had been reported in the HSE South region which comprises Cork and Kerry, up until October 21st.
The vast majority of these are linked with private houses (345), with 144 linked with ‘other’ locations which can include community, extended family, hotel, public house, retail outlet, travel related and all other locations.
Twenty-eight have been linked with residential institutions, 18 with workplaces, 16 with hospitals, 16 with nursing homes and seven with community hospital/long-stay units.
A month previous, on September 21st, 258 clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 had been reported in the HSE South region.
Last night, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health reiterated his appeal to people to ensure they follow public health guidance around Covid-19.
“If you’re a confirmed case, have had a test or have symptoms of Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days. If you live with a case or have been told you’re a close contact, you must restrict your movements for 14 days. Everyone else should stay at home, unless for essential reasons or for exercise within 5km of where you live,” he said.