More Covid-19 cases have been reported in Cork in the last 14 days than for the entire months of June, July and August combined.
Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show in the 14 days up to September 22, 195 confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in Cork.
The figure is not only a three-fold increase on the 14-day number of cases reported the previous week (61 cases), but is higher than the total number of cases reported for the months of June, July and August combined (124 cases).
The 14-day incidence rate of confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population is also climbing in Cork and on Tuesday night it stood at 35.9 up from 11.2 the previous week.
There has also been an increase in the number of people with Covid-19 receiving hospital care in Cork.
Last night, four people with confirmed Covid-19 were being treated at the Mercy University Hospital, with one person with Covid-19 being cared for at the hospital’s critical care unit.
Another two people with confirmed Covid-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is meeting this morning to discuss the trajectory of Covid-19 around the country.
Last night, officials said they were seeing increases of all metrics to measure Covid-19.
Dr Ronan Glynn. Acting Chief Medical Officer, said that this week NPHET has a particular focus on Louth, Waterford and Donegal, parts of Wicklow and of Kildare, and highlighted the team were also seeing increases in cases in Cork and Galway.
He said there were some improvements in Limerick, Tipperary and Leitrim.
“I would ask people to do what they can at a community level to stop their county, their community, ever having to become a focus for NPHET," he said.
Dr Glynn said people have important choices to make.
"People in counties have choices to make now. They can cut down their social contacts themselves over the coming weeks, get this under control, do what we have seen Limerick do in recent weeks, do what we've seen people in Tipperary do, do what we've seen people in Leitrim do in recent weeks. It can be done if people listen to the messages and individually and at a community level cut down their social contacts then the increasing incidence can be turned around," he said.