The number of cases of COVID-19 reported in Cork jumped by 145 last week, more than three times the increase witnessed the previous week.
Latest data published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that as of midnight on Friday night, 1,352 cases of COVID-19 had been reported here, up from 1,207 the previous Friday.
Between Friday, May 1st and May 8th, 43 new cases had been reported in Cork.
Daily reports from the HPSC show that a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 were identified in Cork each day between May 9th and last Friday, but the bulk of the increase was reported to them on Thursday, with 90 new cases identified that day.
The HPSC report also provides a regional breakdown of clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19.
On Friday, 140 clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 had been reported in the HSE South region which comprises Cork and Kerry, up from 136 the previous week.
Almost half of these (65) have been reported from private houses, with significant numbers also reported in residential institutions (20), in nursing homes (12), hospitals (12), community hospital/long stay facilities (8), and workplaces (7).
Meanwhile, latest HSE data shows that last night four people with COVID-19 were receiving care in hospitals in the city.
A further 17 people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital and the Mercy Hospital.
Four people with COVID-19 were receiving intensive, round the clock care at critical care units across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospital.
Eleven critical care beds were vacant in Cork.