New cases of Covid-19 are continuing to be identified in Cork.
The latest figures show that in the last 14 days for which data is available (July 21st to August 4th), 11 cases of Covid-19 were reported here.
By comparison, in the 14 day period from June 20th to July 4th, eight cases were reported in Cork, while between May 21st and June 4th, 109 cases were reported.
Nationally, 546 cases of Covid have been reported in the past 14 days with a significant volume of these cases reported from Kildare, Laois and Offaly.
It comes as the latest HSE data shows that last night 12 people with Covid-19 were receiving care at hospitals around the country with five confirmed cases in intensive care units.
In Cork, five people with suspected Covid-19 were being treated across Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy University Hospital (MUH).
However, there were no individuals with confirmed Covid-19 at either hospital, and it is now more than seven days since there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at either CUH or MUH.
Meanwhile, as concern mounts over the rising national number of cases of Covid-19 being reported, Dr Ronan Glynn Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health has appealed to people all around the country to remain alert to the virus.
“We have had a significant number of cases of community transmission in different counties around the country and I think it’s important that the message gets out there. At times there has been a perception that this was a Dublin centred disease and the rest of the country could relax and leave the message to one side, but that simply hasn't been the case,” he said.
People are being urged to self-isolate and contact their GP if they experience any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 including a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher, any kind of cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, or flu-like symptoms.