Visiting has been restricted at Cork hospitals in light of the move to Level Three restrictions earlier this week.
Cork has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, including more than 40 on Tuesday.
In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the South/South West Hospital Group (SSWHG) said Cork University Hospital would be prohibiting visiting from Wednesday, October 7 until further notice “due to infection control issues and (being) mindful of national Covid-19 guidelines”.
“In cases of end of life care, limited visiting will be allowed by arrangement,” she added.
On Wednesday, the SSWHG revealed similar restrictions are being put in place at Bantry General Hospital.
A spokesperson said:
“In line with the move to Level Three restrictions, Bantry General Hospital will be prohibiting visiting from Wednesday, 7th of October 2020 until further notice.
“Visiting the hospital will be for exceptional cases only and this must be arranged through the ward manager.”
Meanwhile, "strict visiting restrictions" are also in place at Mercy University Hospital.
MUH management said that, due to prevailing infection control issues, visiting at the Mercy is restricted to patients who are critically ill or who have specific care needs; or who are inpatients in St Anne’s Children’s Ward.
Only one permitted visitor per patient is allowable at MUH at one time and children are not allowed to visit.
In exceptional clinical circumstances, visiting will be facilitated by prior agreement with the Clinical Nurse Manager on the ward.
Patients are asked not to visit the hospital if they have symptoms of coronavirus and to instead contact their GP.