Increase in COVID-19 patients in Galway hospitals with 24 confirmed cases

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Galway Daily news UHG and Portiuncula emergency departments extremely busy today

The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Galway has continued to climb steadily, with 24 confirmed cases in Galway hospitals.

The latest figures from the HSE show 19 patients with confirmed diagnoses of COVID-19 at University Hospital Galway, and a further 5 at Portiuncula Hospital.

Three of the confirmed cases at UHG were hospitalised in the 24 hours prior to 8pm on Friday night.

Of those hospitalised at University Hospital Galway, 3 are in the ICU, and Portiuncula Hospital has one COVID patient in Intensive Care.

There are a further 7 suspected cases of COVID-19 at UHG, and just one suspected case at Portiuncula.

Nationwide, the latest HSE figures show that there are 312 confirmed cases in hospitals around the country.

There were a further 41 confirmed cases reported in Galway yesterday, out of a national total of 772, as the number of daily cases has continued to decline in Level 5 lockdown restrictions.

A further 6 deaths related to the disease were also reported by the Department of Health on Friday.

“The overall situation has improved, but we have to remember that these are very early days,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, adding “This improvement will only be maintained if we keep going in our efforts.”