A member of NPHET is expressing concern about plans to ease almost all restrictions tomorrow week - October 22nd.
It comes as Covid cases have increased by 43 per cent over the past week, with 2,066 further cases reported yesterday.
There are currently 408 Covid-19 patients in hospital, the highest since early March.
In this region, there are currently 25 Covid patients being treated at University Hospital Galway - up from 15 a week ago - with 12 Covid patients at Sligo Hospital - up from 9 a week ago, with 7 Covid patients at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe and 2 at Mayo University Hospital.
The number at the Castlebar hospital has dropped from 6 to 2 in the past week.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the rising spread of the virus should act as an “alert” and he couldn’t guarantee that most restrictions would be lifted next week. He said the Covid numbers were a “matter of concern” and that the disease had “taken the wrong turn”.
He told a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting last night that the Government was continuing to monitor the evolving situation.
The National Public Health Emergency Team is to meet on Monday to decide whether to give the go-ahead for measures to ease on Friday week.
Dr Mary Favier says she has concerns about the impact this could have..