CORK people are being encouraged to “pull together” for the next six weeks as the county sees a slight drop in the number of Covid-19 cases linked to clusters.
New findings from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed that Cork, Dublin and Galway made up 46% of all Covid-19 cases linked to an outbreak last week.
According to the statistics, there have been 25,688 positive Covid-19 cases linked to an outbreak, which is defined as two or more cases in the same location and time.
For the week ending October 16, there were a total of 131 Covid-19 cases as a result of clusters in Cork, down from 394 the week prior, which was the highest number of such cases in the county since July 17.
Last week, the highest number of cases linked to a cluster was in Dublin, with 209 cases.
Outbreaks in private houses accounted for 462 cases across the country last week, while extended family accounted for 111 cases.
Chief officer of Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare, Michael Fitzgerald, has commended the people of both counties for their efforts so far but has reminded everyone to adhere to Level 5 restrictions.
“Now, we need to ask you to pull together again in order to make sure that we contain the spread of Covid-19 that we’ve seen in the last few weeks,” said Mr Fitzgerald.
“We need the public’s support in adhering to the guidelines particularly on self-isolating at home if you are referred for a test, are waiting for a test result or have a positive test result.”
Meanwhile, acting director of Public Health for the Region, Dr Anne Sheehan has appealed to the public to isolate, even if they experience mild symptoms.
“It’s more important than ever that anyone with any symptoms of Covid-19 isolates at home and immediately phones their GP to arrange a test,” she said.