University Hospital Galway remains the hospital with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Republic.
As of yesterday evening, 33 people with the disease are receiving treatment in the hospital, with nine of those patients receiving care in ICU.
Nationally, there are 314 people with the virus in hospitals, of whom 61 are in intensive care units.
Yesterday morning saw the highest number of COVID cases in ICU since April 3, with 63 people with the disease in critical care units across the country.
Speaking yesterday afternoon, CMO Dr Tony Holohan said: “Critical care is our last line of defence against COVID-19 and I know this figure will concern many of us.
“There are however many other ways we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from severe outcomes from COVID-19.”
Dr Holohan said that vaccination remains our best means of protection against COVID-19 and that the vaccines available in Ireland are very safe and effective against COVID-19.
“There are still some people who haven’t yet taken up the opportunity of vaccination or, who have delayed receiving a second dose for various reasons.
“I strongly encourage anyone who is in this position to ensure they get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to best protect themselves and those around them.”