The incidence rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cork is rising.
Last Friday, Cork had the second-lowest 14-day incidence rate of confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population of any county at 16.9, with the figure lowest in Sligo.
However, new data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that this is no longer the case.
According to their latest report, 176 cases of Covid-19 were reported in Cork in the 14 days leading up to September 21st.
It shows the 14-day incidence rate of confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in Cork is now 32.4, which is the ninth-lowest rate nationally.
A breakdown of data by community healthcare organisation (CHO) area shows that 204 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the CHO4 area, which includes Cork and Kerry, in this period.
This represents just over 6 per cent of all cases around the country.
More than two-thirds of these cases (135) were associated with clusters while ten were reported in healthcare workers.
The mean age of those affected was 37 years.
Nationally, 3,369 cases were reported in the same period with 1,650 cases associated with clusters.
A total of 110 people were hospitalised with 15 people admitted to intensive care units.
Those admitted to ICU in the 14 day period were aged between 35 and 74 years.
A number of people with confirmed Covid-19 have been admitted to hospitals in Cork in recent days.
Last night, four people with Covid-19 were being cared for at the Mercy University Hospital with one person being treated at the hospital’s critical care unit.
Six people with suspected Covid-19 were receiving care at the city hospital.
There were no confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Cork University Hospital last night, however, one person with suspected Covid-19 was receiving care at the hospital.