COVID-19 latest: 1,361 cases now reported in Cork, four people in critical care units in city

COVID-19 latest: 1,361 cases now reported in Cork, four people in critical care units in city

There has been a small increase in the daily number of cases of COVID-19 reported from Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

There has been a small increase in the daily number of cases of COVID-19 reported from Cork. 

The latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that as of midnight on Saturday, a total of 1,361 cases of the disease had been reported here since the beginning of the outbreak.

The figure represents a small increase on the previous day when 1,352 cases had been reported.

However, the number of new cases reported over the course of last week was significantly higher than the previous week, with a large number of new cases reported last Thursday (90 cases).

Between May 9th and 16th, 129 cases were reported in Cork, while for the same period the previous week, 57 cases were reported. 

Cork now accounts for 5.7 per cent of all cases of COVID-19 reported nationally, and has the third highest number of cases by county.

Kildare has reported the second highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,367 cases while Dublin has reported almost half of all cases at 11,693.

While Cork may have the third highest number of cases of COVID-19, it has the sixth lowest incidence rate of the disease.

According to the HPSC, the cumulative incidence rate of COVID-19 per 100,000 population of confirmed cases in Cork is 250.7.

By comparison, Cavan has the highest rate at 1,034.4 followed by Dublin at 867.8.

Meanwhile, latest data from the HSE shows that last night four people with confirmed COVID-19 and 11 people with suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at Cork University Hospital and the Mercy Hospital.

Four people with COVID-19 were being treated at critical care units across Cork University Hospital, the Mercy and the Bon Secours.

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