COVID-19: 4,642 cases reported today

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

There have been a further 4,642 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today.

As of this morning there were 556 people in the country being treated in hospital for COVID.

Over a hundred of these patients are in serious condition, with 107 admitted to intensive care units.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that current transmission levels are some of the highest seen in the course of the pandemic.

Socialisation is back close to pre-pandemic levels he said, which is resulted in increased incidence rates across all age groups.

In the past three weeks, case numbers have “almost doubled”, Dr Holohan said, advising people to stay home and avoid contact if they have symptoms.

In the latest hospital figures from Galway, as of 8pm Friday, there were 35 patients in hospital here.

University Hospital Galway had 25 confirmed cases, and a further 10 cases are at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Two of the patients at UHG and one at Portiuncula Hospital are in their ICUs.

The positivity rate for COVID test results in the past week has increased to 14.4 percent of the 190,102 tests carried out.

The COVID-19 data hub provides information on the key indicators of the disease in the community, including the rollout of the vaccine campaign.