COVID-19 latest: 27 clusters reported in HSE South

COVID-19 latest: 27 clusters reported in HSE South
The Covid-19 coronavirus testing centre has reopened but is quiet so far. Picture Dan Linehan

TWENTY-seven outbreaks/clusters of COVID-19 have been identified in the HSE South region, which includes Cork and Kerry.

The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), shows that as of midnight on Friday night (03 April), five clusters were reported in hospitals in the region, two clusters had been identified in community hospitals/long-stay units in the region, and one cluster was identified in a nursing home.

Another five of the reported clusters were travel-related, five were in a private house, three were identified in residential institutions and two related to “extended family”. One cluster was in a workplace, one in a hotel, one in a pub and the final cluster was identified as “other”.

Nationally, 236 outbreaks/clusters have been reported which account for 903 cases around the country.

The latest HPSC data also shows that of 4,443 cases identified nationally, 1,163 of these cases are related to healthcare workers.

This includes 140 healthcare workers in the HSE South.

Most of these healthcare workers (76) in the region did not have foreign travel, while 18 did, and travel was not specified for 46 people.

By Friday night, 343 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cork, accounting for 7.7 per cent of the national number of cases.

The cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork was 63.2.

The figures show that the median age of people with COVID-19 in Ireland is now 48, although this ranges from 0 to 99 years. 1,203 of all the cases reported were hospitalised, with 165 people admitted to intensive care units.

The publication of the report comes as the most up to date figures show that there are now 4,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland (as of 1pm on Sunday, April 05) and there have been 158 COVID-19 related deaths here.

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