The number of people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are receiving care at hospitals in Cork has reduced by almost 50 per cent in 24 hours.
On Tuesday night, 23 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH) or the Mercy Hospital.
However, latest data from the HSE shows that at 8pm last night (Wednesday), this figure had dropped to 12.
Four people with confirmed COVID-19 and three people with suspected COVID-19 were receiving care at CUH, while at the Mercy, one person with confirmed COVID-19 and four people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated.
The number of people in intensive care units in Cork has also reduced.
Yesterday, three patients with COVID-19 were being cared for at critical care units across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospitals.
There were no patients with suspected COVID-19 being treated in the three units.
There has also been a decrease in the number of people with confirmed COVID-19 being treated at hospitals nationally- down from 487 on Tuesday to 449 yesterday.
The number of people with suspected COVID-19 increased slightly from 277 to 281.
It comes as latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that 1,238 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork up to midnight on Monday, May 11th, an increase of four cases on the previous day.
The HPSC report shows Cork accounts for 5.3 per cent of all cases reported nationally.
The cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases is 228, the sixth lowest rate in the country.