Almost 650 cases of Covid-19 were reported in Cork in the 14 days to October 6th.
Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show (HPSC) show 5,925 cases were reported nationally over the two week period including 645 in Cork.
The report shows that the 14-day incidence of confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population is now 118.8 in Cork, significantly higher than Waterford which has the lowest incident rate in the country at 31.8.
The 14-day incidence rate is highest in Donegal where it stands at 312.2.
The report also provides detail on Covid-19 cases by community healthcare organisation (CHO) and shows that in the 14 day period, 737 cases overall were reported in CHO4 which comprises Cork and Kerry.
Of these cases, 472 (64.04%) were associated with clusters.
Fifty-one cases in the CHO were reported among healthcare workers in the 14-day period.
The figures, released today, come as a Cork consultant said that he expects to see more people with the Covid-19 presenting to hospitals in the coming days as well as an increase in the number of people requiring intensive care.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Arthur Jackson, a consultant in infectious diseases at the Mercy University Hospital and Cork University Hospital said that hospitals had seen a steady uptake in Covid-19 cases in the past month and in particular in the past week.
Dr Jackson explained that the effects of the changes brought in this week as Ireland moved to Level 3 of the Living with Covid-19 plan would take a number of days to be seen.
“Unfortunately, any changes that you make such as introducing new restrictions, there’s quite a lag time in seeing the effect of making those changes. I think it’s important not to jump to conclusions that things aren't working too quickly,” he said.
Dr Jackson said regardless of the new restrictions introduced this week, over the coming days he expects to see more cases coming in, in addition to “our hospitals getting fuller and I’m expecting to see more cases ending in ICU.”
He added: “I think it’s very important to realise this is serious, this is real, and this is not a drill.”