COVID-19: 23,909 further cases reported

Galway Daily news Galway hospitals see COVID cases double in recent weeks

A further 23,909 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported by health officials this afternoon.

As of 8am today, 1,063 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised across the Republic, of whom 89 are in intensive care units.

Dr Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer, said it is essential for everyone to protect themselves and others from infection.

“Every small action to limit the spread of this disease is vital, as we continue to experience a large volume of patients in hospital, up a third on this time last week,” said the CMO.

Dr Holohan asked people to remember that behind each hospital statistic and ICU figure is an individual, with family and friends, and a team of healthcare workers providing care to them in very difficult circumstances.

“The best way we can continue to support our health service and protect each other is to continue to follow the public health advice as best we can – staying home and isolating if we have symptoms, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, opening windows, wearing facemasks and working from home where possible,” he said.