Continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Cork

Continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Cork
The HSE Covid-19 testing centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The number of people being diagnosed with COVID-19 in Cork is continuing to rise, with figures showing 780 cases of the coronavirus had been reported in Cork by midnight on Sunday (April 12th), an increase of 50 cases on the previous day.

Nationally, 10,385 cases of COVID-19 had been reported by Sunday, according to the latest information on cases from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

A total of 999 of these cases were in the HSE South region, with Cork accounting for 780 of these while Kerry accounted for 219 cases.

The provisional data shows Cork accounts for 7.5 per cent of all cases around the country while the cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork was 143.7.

Nationally, 2,707 cases have been reported in healthcare workers, accounting for more than a quarter of all cases.

Of these, 202 cases were reported in healthcare workers in the HSE South.

The latest data also shows that 46 clusters or outbreaks or COVID-19 have now been reported in the region.

Eight of these have been reported in private houses, while there are seven in the hospital category and seven residential institution related clusters/outbreaks.

Five related to community hospital/long-stay facilities, a further five are workplace-related and five are travel-related.

While 151 clusters/outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes around the country, the vast majority of these are in the HSE East region with 79.

Three such clusters/outbreaks have been reported in the HSE South.

Two clusters relate to the ‘other’ category, two relate to extended family, one is in a hotel and one is in a pub.

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