The number of patients in hospital with the virus has hit another record high.

1,750 patients are being treated in hospital with Covid 19 and 158 of these patients are in ICU.

In this region, there are 124 patients with Covid being treated at University Hospital Galway, 82 at Mayo University Hospital, 37 at Sligo University Hospital and 10 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

None of the Covid-positive patients in Mayo University Hospital are in intensive care, while the hospital is also treating 8 suspected Covid cases.

The Manager at Mayo University Hospital says it's a significant challenge to ensure they have capacity for Covid & non-Covid patients.

Catherine Donohoe says while the hospital has escalation plans in place it is very much dependent on maintaining safe staffing.

She has been speaking to Midwest News this evening.

MidWest ยท Catherine Donohoe - Mayo University Hospital Manager