The number of patients at University Hospital Galway being treated for the coronavirus is continuing to increase sharply, but there are no confirmed cases at Portiuncula.
The latest figures from the HSE show that there are 18 confirmed cases at UHG as of 8pm on Monday, more than four times higher than just a week ago.
The Intensive Care number have fortunately not spiked along the lines, with just one person in the ICU at UHG, and none at Portiuncula.
There are a further seven suspected COVID-19 cases in University Hospital Galway, and one at Portiuncula. But none of these are in the ICU.
Nationwide there were a total of 232 confirmed COVID cases in Irish hospitals as of Monday evening, of whom 30 are in the ICU and 17 are on ventilators.
It is now expected that fresh lockdown restrictions could be reintroduced around Christmas. The Cabinet is meeting today to discuss a range of measures, including the closures of pubs and restaurants by Christmas Eve.
Some level of ban on inter-county travel is also possible after St. Stephen’s Day, with a carve out to allow people to return to their county of residence.
There were 15 new coronavirus cases reported in Galway yesterday, while the national total of daily cases jumped to 727.