COVID-19: Hospital cases in Galway decrease to seven

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The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in Galway has begun to drop again after climbing last week.

As of 8pm on Monday evening there were seven confirmed cases in Galway’s acute hospitals.

University Hospital Galway has four confirmed cases, and there are three cases at Portiuncula Hospital.

This is down from nine cases over the three days prior, five at Portiuncula and four at UHG.

There are a further two suspected cases at UHG, for which test results are being awaited.

There are two COVID patients at UHG whom are in the Intensive Care Unit.

Nationwide there were 342 people in Ireland hospitalised with COVID-19, of whom 80 are in the ICU.

A further 15 new cases were reported in Galway yesterday, out of 520 nationwide, and one further death due to the disease was also notified.

Medical Virologist Dr. Cillian de Gascun said that the highly transmissible B117 variant from the UK now accounts for more than 90% of cases in Ireland.

“Public health advice aims to limit the opportunities this virus has to spread, and it should be noted that B117 does not need much opportunity to do so.”

“The most effective way to stop the spread of this variant and all variants of COVID-19 is to limit your social contacts and follow public health advice.”