A total of 2,002 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by health officials this afternoon.
As of 8am this morning, there are 354 people in hospitals across the State with the disease, of whom 73 are in intensive care units.
There are now 19 confirmed cases receiving treatment at University Hospital Galway, according to the latest HSE data.
The number of COVID patients at UHG is up four from the previous day’s figures, and seven higher than the start of the month.
Four of the patients at University Hospital Galway have been been admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that today’s case number reflects an increased number of positive tests on specimens collected over the last three days.
“However, the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the last 7 days (8845 cases) is fewer than the previous 7 days (9115 cases), with the 7 day moving average of daily cases at 1264 today, compared to 1302 a week ago,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor this situation closely to see if the trend in new infections over recent days is sustained.
“If you are experiencing a high temperature, dry cough, or flu like symptoms please stay at home – do not go to work or socialise.
“To keep yourself and your family safe please continue to regularly wash your hands, wear a mask when appropriate, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.”