More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 now reported in Cork

More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 now reported in Cork
COVID-19 testing has been taking place at a number of locations in Cork including Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture Dan Linehan 

More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in Cork, according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

It shows that up to midnight on Friday night (April 17th), a total of 1,028 confirmed cases had been reported here, with the number of cases likely to be even higher given that not all people with symptoms of COVID-19 are tested for the virus.

The latest HPSC figures show that 14,602 cases of COVID-19 had been reported nationally by midnight on Friday night, with 1,290 of these in the HSE South Region which accounts for Cork and Kerry.

A total of 53 clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 were reported in the region, with nine of these in hospitals, eight in private houses and seven in residential institutions.

Five clusters or outbreaks were identified in community hospital/long-stay units, five were workplace-related, five were travel-related and five related to the “other” category.

Of 169 clusters or outbreaks identified in nursing home settings around the country, three of these were in the HSE South region.

Two clusters or outbreaks related to extended family, two related to hotels, and one related to a pub.

The final outbreak or cluster was in a “community outbreak” category- this is the first time a cluster or outbreak has been reported in the region in this category.

The latest data shows 227 cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst healthcare workers in the HSE South region.

Of these, 106 people did not report foreign travel, this was not specified for 102, and 19 people reported foreign travel.

The report shows that Cork now accounts for 7 per cent of all of the cases of COVID-19 which have been reported nationally.

The cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork was 189.4.

By comparison, this figure is 547.7 in Dublin.

Meanwhile, national data shows the median age of people affected by COVID-19 is 48 years, with those affected ranging in age from 0 to 106.

Around 15 per cent of confirmed cases have been hospitalised, with 303 people admitted to intensive care.

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