Intensive Care units around the country are treating people as young as 17 years old who are sick with Covid-19.
402 people are currently in hospital with the virus, 73 of whom are in intensive care.
This includes 19 Covid patients in University Hospital Galway, 15 at Sligo University Hospital, 4 Covid patients at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe and 3 at Mayo University Hospital.
There are 3 Covid patients in ICU at Galway University Hospital, and one in ICU at the other three hospitals in this region.
The age of patients in ICU, in a recent surge of Covid admissions, ranges from 17 to 88 years old.
The Department of Health says 70 percent of patients in ICU have not been fully vaccinated.