The HSE CEO Paul Reid has confirmed that the number of Covid patients being treated in hospitals across the country has increased to 1,700, with 158 of these patients in ICU - a new record.

13 hospitals have no intensive care beds free, as the third wave of the pandemic continues to put increasing pressure on the acute health system.

However, the HSE says it has the ability to create more ICU beds through surge capacity and via the private hospitals.

In this region, there are 116 patients with confirmed Covid-19 being treated at University Hospital Galway, 91 at Mayo University Hospital, 32 at Sligo hospital and 9 in Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe.

At Mayo University Hospital, the latest figure of 91 Covid patients being treated is up from 50 this time last week.

None of these patients are being treated in the Intensive Care unit.

Latest HSE data shows Mayo University Hospital currently has 3 critical beds and one general bed available - while the INMO is reporting 8 patients on trolleys today at the Castlebar hospital.

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