THERE have been 77 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Cork, meaning that close to 300 cases have been confirmed here over the weekend.
The latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre this evening revealed there have been two additional deaths related to the virus in Ireland, bringing the total to 1,826.
As of midnight, the HPSC has been notified of 814 cases of COVID-19.
226 were in Dublin, while there were 77 in Cork, 64 in Galway, 56 in Donegal, and 48 in Meath. The remaining 343 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
112 new cases were confirmed for Cork yesterday evening, on top of 107 in Cork on Friday. There have now been 296 cases confirmed in Cork since Friday.
Of the cases notified today, 432 are men and 381 are women. 70% are under 45 years of age while the median age is 32 years old
As of 2pm today 204 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The HSE's Daily Operations Update shows that last night, 20 people in Cork with Covid-19 were receiving care at Cork hospitals- 15 people with confirmed Covid-19 were being cared for at the Cork University Hospital with five people being treated at the Mercy University Hospital.
One person with Covid-19 was receiving care at the critical care unit at CUH on Saturday.
This evening, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “It is vital that the entire population consistently implement public health advice into their daily lives; keep your social contacts to an absolute minimum and keep physical distance when you need to be out of your home."
He added: “22 out of 26 counties have 7 day incidence rates as a percentage of 14 day incidence rates above 50%. This shows rapidly increasing growth rates across the country.”