While a number of counties have not reported any new cases of COVID-19 in recent days, latest figures show that the number of cases of the disease continues to rise in Cork.
According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), 1,428 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork up to Friday, May 22nd, an increase of eight cases on the previous day, and 76 cases on the previous week.
Nine counties including Kerry, Tipperary and Wexford did not report any additional cases of COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday.
The HPSC report shows that Cork now accounts for 5.8 per cent of all cases reported nationally, a figure that has increased slightly in recent days.
The cumulative incidence rate of COVID-19 per 100,000 population of confirmed cases in Cork is 263, the seventh lowest figure nationally.
Last night, 15 people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at hospitals in Cork.
HSE figures show five people with confirmed COVID-19 and six people with suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
At the Mercy Hospital, one person with confirmed COVID-19 and three people with suspected COVID-19 were receiving care.
Forty-nine people with COVID-19 were last night receiving intensive care at critical care units around the country including two patients at CUH, one patient at the Mercy and one at the Bons Secours hospital.
One person was suspected COVID-19 was being cared for at the critical care unit at CUH.