The acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn has urged people to take extra care and to reduce mixing of households, where possible amid concerns over a rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 being reported.
Last night, it was revealed that nine new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Cork on Tuesday, the single biggest daily increase in cases reported in the county in weeks.
Fifty-three cases of Covid-19 had already been reported in Cork between August 1st and 24th.
The latest increase means the number of cases of Covid-19 reported in the county so far this month is already more than double the number of cases reported for either the entire month of June or July.
Twenty-nine cases of Covid-19 were reported in Cork between June 1st and 29th, while in July, 27 cases were reported.
The latest data also shows there has been a small increase in the volume of Covid-19 clusters reported in the HSE South region, which comprises Cork and Kerry, in recent weeks.
As of August 24th, a total of 212 Covid-19 clusters had been identified in the HSE South region since the beginning of the pandemic, an increase of three clusters on the previous week and 12 since the beginning of the month.
Of the clusters reported in the Cork and Kerry region in the past week, one was in a private household while the remaining two were reported in the ‘other’ category which can include the community, extended family, hotel, public house, retail outlet, travel-related and all other locations.
While there has been a continued increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 reported in Cork, and of clusters in the region, there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city’s hospitals.
According to the latest HSE data, yesterday evening, two people with suspected Covid-19 were however receiving care at the Mercy University Hospital.
Last night, Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health appealed to people to take care, highlighting the increase in cases in Cork as well as Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, and Carlow in recent days.
“I would urge people everywhere to follow the public health advice and reduce mixing of households where at all possible,” he said.
“As we head into Autumn when people are more likely to have cold or ‘flu-like symptoms please do not adopt a wait and see approach. The greatest protection you can give your family and friends is to isolate as soon as you have any symptoms and contact your GP by phone. Remember, there should be no charge for either a consultation with your GP nor for a Covid-19 test should you require one,” he added.