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1,627 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,627 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 415 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 70 are in ICU.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
‘’Unfortunately, we have seen increases across key indicators of COVID-19 right across the country and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated in recent days. All indicators of COVID-19 are pointing towards a deteriorating disease trajectory nationally. We are seeing an increase in incidence in all age groups, including older age groups. The national incidence is now 415/100,000.

“As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system with an average of 50 people being admitted to hospital per day (up from 35 per day at the end of September) and 5 admissions to intensive care per day.

“It’s important that anyone who is fully vaccinated is reassured that vaccines give very good protection from COVID-19. However, when incidence of disease is high, we will see breakthrough infections in vaccinated people – most people’s experience of infection will be mild, but some will end up in hospital and intensive care. We want to avoid that.

“Please continue to protect yourself by adhering to the public health advice. This will stop the spread and drive down incidence of COVID-19 in our communities.

“If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms, please get a test and stay at home. Do not go to work, school, college or socialise. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated – please do not assume that because you are vaccinated you can’t get COVID-19.

“Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

“You should follow this advice regardless of your vaccination status.’’

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Approval granted for new Connacht/Ulster Technological University integrating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been granted for the establishment of a new Technological University for the West and North-West that will integrate GMIT.

The green light from Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will see the amalgamation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance – GMIT, Letterkenny IT and Sligo IT.

The new TU will offer almost 600 academic programmes from pre-degree to doctoral level to a student population of over 20 thousand students across eight campuses.

Announcing the approval today, Minister Harris said it will increase access to college, lead to enhanced regional development and boost local opportunities.

Galway West Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a milestone day for the entire region.

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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Savita Halappanavar to be remembered at vigil outside Dáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Savita Halappanavar will be remembered at a vigil in Dublin this evening.

It’s nine years since the 31 year old died at University Hospital Galway, following complications with an incomplete miscarriage.

The Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare group will gather outside the Dail from 5.30 this evening.

Women’s rights campaigner Ailbhe Smyth, says her death led to real debate and action on abortion rights in Ireland.

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