Just 2 COVID patients receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital

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Galway Daily news Extreme pressure on beds at Portiuncula Hospital today

There were just two confirmed COVID-19 patients receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe yesterday evening, as the number of people hospitalised with COVID nationally fell to 377 despite the high daily case numbers reported over the past week.

Neither of the two patients at Portiuncula Hospital were in the intensive care unit, while one of the 17 confirmed cases at University Hospital Galway was receiving critical care when the data was taken.

A total of 377 people with the virus were in hospitals across Ireland last night, with 98 in intensive care units. A total of 64 COVID patients in ICU were invasively ventilated.

The Mater Hospital in Dublin had the highest number of confirmed cases in ICU at 14, while Tallaght Hospital had the most overall confirmed cases (36).

Health officials reported 7,411 further cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with the less deadly Omicron variant now accounting for almost 75% of cases in Ireland.

Dr Tony Holohan said that the high number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 was not unexpected, and “we expect to see a rapid increase in case figures over the coming short period of time.”

The number of new cases here is expected to rocket over the coming days, with Italy, France and the UK all reporting record high numbers of new cases yesterday due to the Omicron variant.