Update on production of HPSC daily and weekly reports disrupted due to cyber attack on HSE IT systems


The CIDR surveillance system is now working again post the cyber attack and the cases notified since the 14th of May are being uploaded. Full reporting from CIDR will be restored as soon as possible. In the meantime HPSC will continue its collaboration with the Public Health Departments and the Contact Management Programme, as has been happening since the cyber attack, to collate and report cases, deaths, outbreaks, positivity rates etc.

As a result of the cyber attack on the HSE IT systems, production of HPSC's daily and weekly reports has been disrupted due to limited user access to CIDR across the HSE.

HPSC has continued to produce the now fortnightly summary of COVID-19 virus variants in Ireland and on 4 June recommenced publication of an interim 14-day report on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Ireland. Due to technical issues, a 14-day report was not produced on 21/06/2021.

As of 12th August, HPSC has resumed publication of the weekly report on COVID-19 deaths reported in Ireland.

As of 19th August, HPSC has resumed publication of the outbreaks/clusters in Ireland COVID-19 weekly report.

The reported epidemiology of COVID-19, including the daily number of COVID-19 cases and the 14-day incidence reports, is normally based on the notifications to the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) system. The cyber-attack on the HSE on 14 May 2021 prevented the routine notification of cases, associated deaths and outbreaks of COVID-19 to CIDR. As an interim measure, provisional epidemiological reports have been prepared based on the information captured by the HSE COVID Care Tracker. Please note that these data do not represent notified cases, and have not undergone the data validation procedures undertaken through CIDR. For this reason, data in the reports may differ from that previously reported based on CIDR data for this period. Similarly, future data reported for this period may differ from that presented in these reports.