More than 40 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Cork have died since the beginning of the pandemic.
New figures published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that of 1,343 COVID-19 related deaths reported up to last Friday, 53 of these have been in the south-west region which includes Cork and Kerry.
A county analysis, which shows a weekly breakdown of deaths where more than five deaths are reported in a single county in one week, shows that at least 40 of these deaths have been in Cork.
The exact figure cannot be confirmed because of the weeks where deaths fell below five, but COVID-19 related deaths were also reported in Cork during two additional weeks.
The CSO’s analysis of the confirmed deaths and cases has found that the incidence of COVID-19 is decreasing in all areas.
Deaths have reduced from 270 at the peak to 37 in the most recent week, while cases have reduced from 6,049 to 624.
The CSO say that while the trend in cases is down everywhere since the peak week of 17 April 2020, spikes can be seen in weekly figures for Cork as well as Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Tipperary, Clare and Limerick since that date.
It comes as latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that 1,458 cases of COVID-19 had been reported from Cork up to midnight on Tuesday, an increase of seven cases on the previous day.
Cork now accounts for almost 6 per cent of all cases reported nationally.
While figures are not available on how many people in Cork have recovered from COVID-19, the National Public Health Emergency Team said this week that around 90 per cent of confirmed cases nationally have recovered.
Meanwhile, latest HSE figures show that last night six people with COVID-19 were being treated at critical care units across Cork University Hospital (CUH) the Mercy Hospital and the Bon Secours Hospital.
Cases in Cork critical care units account for around 13 per cent of all of the cases in such units nationally.
The latest data from the HSE also shows that 193 people with COVID-19 were being cared for at hospitals around the country last night including six patients at CUH and two people at the Mercy Hospital.
A further five people with suspected COVID-19 were last night being cared for across the two hospitals.