Nine residents at Clonakilty Community Hospital in west Cork have died from Covid-19 since 1 April.

The Health Service Executive's Cork Kerry Community Healthcare confirmed the number of deaths this afternoon.

In a statement, the HSE expressed its sympathy to the families and friends of the residents who have passed away.

The community hospital has 122 beds and the current occupancy is understood to be 86.

All residents and staff have been tested for the virus.

While the results remain private and confidential, the HSE confirms that there remains a level of infection at the hospital.

In a statement, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said it wished to reassure the community that every possible precaution is being taken to keep residents and staff safe.

"Where people have sadly approached the end of their lives, whether due to Covid-19 or for other reasons, their family and loved ones have been offered the opportunity to be with them," it said.

The HSE also confirmed that this week a team of experienced nurses from a number of acute hospitals in Cork and Kerry joined the team at Clonakilty Community Hospital to support the local team.

Other supports were also put in place including ongoing visits by a consultant geriatrician and GPs, an outbreak control team, clinical support from acute hospitals in the region, and counselling support for staff.