NEW data suggests there has been a significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases reported in Cork.
According to the latest provisional figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), in the 14 days from June 17 to June 30, a total of 4,884 cases of the virus were reported nationally.
In the same period, 223 cases were reported in Cork and the five-day moving average of cases was 11.
Data reported a week previously, for the 14 days prior to June 23, showed that 4,412 cases had been reported nationally for that period, with 380 cases in Cork.
The figures for the previous week again, which represent the 14 days to June 16, show that 4,739 cases of the virus were reported nationally during that time, with 492 cases reported in Cork.
The figures are based on the number of cases gathered by the HSE Covid care tracker.
While the reported number of cases is normally based on the notifications to a computerised infectious disease reporting (CIDR) system, the cyberattack on the HSE prevented the routine notification of cases, associated deaths and outbreaks of Covid-19 to CIDR. Therefore, as an interim measure, provisional epidemiological reports are being prepared based on information gathered by the HSE Covid tracker.
The latest HPSC figures show the national incidence of confirmed cases per 100,000 population is 102.6 and the median age of cases is 28, with cases identified in people aged from 0 to 94 in the 14-day period.
Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence of confirmed cases per 100,000 population at 254.4, while Mayo has the lowest at 27.6.
Cork has the sixth-lowest incidence at 41.1.
Today, the Department of Health confirmed 448 more cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
It comes as Ireland has agreed a deal in principle to purchase 1m unwanted vaccines from Romania.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke with his Romanian counterpart, President Klaus Ionhannis, yesterday morning and a deal was agreed, but is yet to be finalised.