Number of Covid-19 clusters in Cork and Kerry continues to rise

Number of Covid-19 clusters in Cork and Kerry continues to rise
195 Covid-19 clusters have been reported in the HSE South since the beginning of the outbreak. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

The number of clusters of Covid-19 being reported from Cork and Kerry is continuing to rise.

The latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that up to July 18th, 195 clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 had been reported in the HSE South region, which comprises Cork and Kerry.

The figure represents an increase of seven clusters from July 11th.

At the start of the month, 186 clusters of Covid-19 had been reported in the region.

Most of the clusters which have been reported in the region relate to private houses (112), with 21 in residential institutions, 13 in nursing homes, 10 in hospitals, nine relating to workplaces, and six in community hospitals/long-stay units.

Twenty-three clusters have been reported from ‘other’ locations which include the community, extended family, hotel, public house, retail outlet, travel-related and all other locations, while one cluster relates to an ‘unknown’ category.

Of the additional clusters identified over the last seven days for which figures are available,  three relate to private houses, two relate to nursing homes, and two relate to the ‘other’ category.

Last night, Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, urged people to remain vigilant around the spread of the virus and said outbreaks are now being seen in a range of work settings, including in construction, in fast food outlets and in supermarkets.

“We can’t underestimate how quickly clusters develop. We have come so far together, but we need to stay vigilant to prevent a resurgence across the whole country in the coming weeks.

“Many workplaces have introduced the new regimes and safety measures necessary to reopen their businesses. I would remind all employers that the workplace and most particularly, shops, services and supermarkets, are the new front line, we are asking you to do everything you can to put the safety of your staff and customers first.” 

Some 1,557 cases of Covid-19 have now been reported in Cork since the beginning of the outbreak, while 25,766 cases have been reported nationally.

The latest figures show 1,753 people with Covid-19 have died including 49 people in Cork.

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