More information released on COVID-19 clusters in Cork

More information released on COVID-19 clusters in Cork

Cars arriving to Covid-19 testing centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Six clusters of COVID-19 have been reported in Cork and Kerry, according to new figures published today (Wednesday) by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

The organisation has provided detailed information on confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported across the country up until midnight on Sunday, March 22.

At this time, 965 cases of COVID-19 had been reported across the country, including 123 cases in Cork and 15 in Kerry.

Forty-four clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 were reported around the country, comprising 243 cases.

Of these, six clusters/outbreaks were reported in the HSE South - two were travel related, one was hospital related, one was “extended family” related, one was classified as “private house”, and the details were not specified for the final cluster/outbreak.

Nationally, a total of 247 cases were identified in healthcare workers up until Sunday night - 63% of these had no history of foreign travel in the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.

In the HSE South region, 38 cases of COVID-19 were reported in healthcare workers. Nineteen of these individuals did not have foreign travel, 13 individuals had foreign travel, and this information was not specified for six cases.

The median age of people with COVID-19 in Ireland was 45, however the HPSC says the ages of those affected ranged from 0 to 95.

As of 3pm yesterday, 1,329 cases of COVID-19 have been reported around the country, including 39 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions. 

Seven deaths have been confirmed. 

More than 17,992 tests have been carried out in laboratories across the country.

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