The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Galway has remained relatively steady over the weekend despite the spike in new cases reported over the past week.
On Sunday night, 16 confirmed cases were receiving care at University Hospital Galway and there were six people with the disease at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
One COVID patient at UHG was in the intensive care unit, while two of the six cases at Portiuncula Hospital were receiving critical care.
UHG had the most free ICU beds in the country on Sunday night (five) but there were no available ICU beds at Portiuncula Hospital.
Health officials reported a further 10,404 cases of COVID-19 yesterday as Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan urged people not to socialise with people from other households indoors.
“It is important that all of us continue to reduce our contacts and avoid crowded places, to the greatest extent possible, as we see the Omicron variant become the dominant variant of COVID-19 in Ireland,” he said.