More than 1,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported from Cork in the last 14 days, accounting for more than a third of all of the cases of the virus identified here since the beginning of the pandemic.
New figures show 1,137 Covid-19 cases were reported in Cork in the 14 days up to October 13th.
The 14-day incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 population has jumped to 209.4, which is higher than the national rate of 190.7 and is the sixth-highest rate in the country.
Overall, 3,164 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Cork since March (up to October 12th) with the vast majority of these cases reported in April, September and this month.
Around half of all of the cases of Covid-19 reported in Cork since last Spring have been reported since September.
Meanwhile, a regional breakdown of data shows that of 1,363 cases of Covid-19 reported in the last 14 days in Cork (1,137) and Kerry (226), 495 cases have been identified with clusters, accounting for around 36 percent of all cases reported in the region.
The most up to date figures show that the vast majority of Covid-19 related clusters/outbreaks which have been reported in Cork and Kerry relate to private houses, with 251 clusters reported up to October 12th, up from 182 on September 28th.
It comes as latest figures show 27 people with Covid-19 were yesterday receiving care at Cork hospitals, with 20 people being treated at Cork University Hospital and seven people with Covid-19 being cared for at the Mercy hospital at 8pm last night.
Three people with Covid-19 were being cared for at the critical care units across the two hospitals.
A further ten people with suspected Covid-19 were being cared for at CUH.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is meeting today to discuss the current Covid-19 trends.
Last night, Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health raised serious concerns over the number of Covid-19 cases being reported.
“We each need to reduce contact with other people as much as possible, so that means staying at home, working from home where possible, practicing physical distancing and stopping discretionary socialising,” he said.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “People must now make choices. Stop meeting up in groups, stop socialising, stop organising play dates, parties and other social activities. People must recognise that the disease is a direct threat to themselves and their families. Now is the time for each of us to act.”