The number of cases of Covid-19 being reported in Cork is continuing to rise, with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirming that a further seven cases of the virus were reported from Cork on Friday.
The increase is the largest single daily increase in cases which has been reported from Cork in weeks.
A total of 27 cases of Covid-19 were reported from Cork over the entire month of July.
So far this month, 16 cases have been reported, although there were no new cases reported from Cork in the last 24 hours.
Nationally, 26,644 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed since the beginning of the outbreak, and 1,772 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported.
Last night, 14 people with confirmed Covid-19 were receiving care in hospital, with six people in critical care units.
It is now more than a week since there have been any patients with confirmed Covid-19 at hospitals in Cork, however three people with suspected-Covid-19 were receiving care at the Mercy University Hospital and Cork University Hospital last night.
As concern mounts over the increase of Covid-19 cases being reported nationally, and in particular in Kildare, Laois and Offaly in recent days, Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, has asked people to be vigilant.
“I once again ask everyone regardless of where you live in the country to take every precaution possible to help us control the spread of this disease and protect our most vulnerable. This means continuing to wash our hands, keeping 2 metres apart from one another, avoiding crowds, wearing face coverings where appropriate, covering our coughs and sneezes and downloading the COVID Tracker app.”
Meanwhile, the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has today confirmed that his Department is currently preparing options for Government on how to restrict non-essential travel from third countries (outside EU/UK) with high rates of Covid-19.
“These options will be finalised as soon as possible. While travel-related cases here remain small, some countries are seeing a rapid rise in cases so the risk is increasing,” he said.