Galway recorded the highest number of new cases of Covid-19 in the country yesterday at 604.

The Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Councillor James Charity says he's disappointed but not surprised to see such high numbers.

While the picture nationally is improving, he said the situation in  Galway appears to be getting worse, with cases in practically every town, village and parish across the county.

Councillor Charity says it's easy to be critical of Government for decision taken in the run-up to Christmas, and he's  been critical for some time of how our borders and inward travel were treated, but says the only thing we can control now is our own personal behaviour, and he's calling on people to re-double  their efforts and adhere to the level 5 restrictions to reverse the increasing numbers in Galway.

The Cathaoirleach has also written to the Garda Chief Superintendent requesting an increase in the Covid-19 checkpoints across Co Galway for the rest of the month.

While he acknowledges this may not be a popular course of action with many, Councillor Charity says it's imperative we now do all we can to curb the spread of the virus.