Number of COVID-19 cases in Cork almost doubles in week

Number of COVID-19 cases in Cork almost doubles in week
The HSE Covid-19 testing centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

New data shows the number of cases of COVID-19 in Cork is continuing to rise, while clusters in the region are also increasing.

The latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) summarises data on 8,496 people and includes results received from a lab in Germany processing tests.

The figures show that by midnight on Friday, April 10th, 648 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork, up from 343 the previous Friday.

This represents 7.6 per cent of all the cases reported in Ireland.

The cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork was 119.4.

Overall 818 cases were reported in the HSE South region, which includes both Cork and Kerry, with 261 of these cases reported in Kerry.

Nationally, 383 clusters/outbreaks including 1,653 people have been reported.

A total of 44 clusters/outbreaks had been reported in the HSE South by Friday night; an increase of two clusters/outbreaks on the previous day and 17 on the previous week.

Seven of these clusters/outbreaks were in hospitals, with a further seven reported in private houses. 

Six of these were in residential institutions, five related to community hospitals/long stay units, five related to workplaces, and five were travel related.

A total of 140 clusters/outbreaks have been identified in nursing homes around the country, and the latest data shows that three of these clusters/outbreaks are in nursing homes in the HSE South region.

Two of the clusters/outbreaks related to extended family, two relate to the ‘other’ category and the final two were identified in a pub and a hotel.

The HPSC report shows 2,312 cases of COVID-19 had been reported amongst healthcare workers in Ireland up to midnight on Friday, April 10th.

This includes 194 healthcare workers in the HSE South region.

Of these, 102 healthcare workers did not have foreign travel, 21 healthcare workers reported foreign travel and this was not specified for 71 people.

The latest report shows that by Friday night, 261 people in Ireland with COVID-19 have died.

Around one-fifth of cases, or 1,777 people, were hospitalised and 261 people were admitted to intensive care units.

The median age of affected patients was 48, although the age range of those affected stretches from 0 to 99 years.

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