Covid on the rise in Cork but no deaths in 11 weeks

Covid on the rise in Cork but no deaths in 11 weeks

THERE were no deaths related to Covid-19 reported in Cork in the 11 weeks up to August 21 — but the number of cases continues to rise.

New data published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that, up to that date, there had not been a Covid-19 related death reported in Cork since early June.

Nationally, 1,525 people with Covid-19 were reported to have died up to August 21, while a further 251 deaths are cited as “probable deaths linked to the virus”.

A total of 49 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Cork since the beginning of the pandemic.

The median age of those who have died is 83 years.

While there have not been any Covid-19 related deaths reported in Cork in almost three months, the number of cases being reported in Cork is increasing.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, shows a graphic of the instances of Covid-19 per 100,000 population Picture Colin Keegan. Collins Dublin
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, shows a graphic of the instances of Covid-19 per 100,000 population Picture Colin Keegan. Collins Dublin

Another 127 new cases were reported by the Department of Health last night. There were no further deaths.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “While the number of people in critical care remains stable, we have seen an additional eight people hospitalised in the last 24 hours.

“If cases continue to rise, we will see an inevitable increase in the number of people hospitalised. We all have a role to play in preventing that from happening.”

The CSO’s Covid-19 Deaths and Cases series shows that, up to August 21, a total of 1,617 Covid-19 cases had been reported in Cork, and the median age of those affected was 46.

An analysis of the data shows that in the 14 weeks between May 22 and August 21, cases were reported in Cork during 13 weeks.

There were no cases reported during the week ending June 19 and on two occasions less than five cases had been reported over the course of an entire week.

However, the number of cases being reported in Cork is rising, and while only single-digit weekly increases in cases were reported from the week ending June 6 up to July 31, over the last three weeks for which data is available, at least 13 new cases have been reported in Cork each week.

The latest CSO report also shows that more than half (53%) of confirmed cases nationally are now linked to an outbreak, while workplace outbreaks have increased from 3% to 12% since mid-April.

In Cork, at least 28 Covid-19 cases reported between the week ending July 31 and August 21 related to outbreaks.

The report also shows the average number of contacts per case has increased from less than three in May to more than six in the week ending August 14.

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