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38 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationally, no new deaths reported

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,763 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 30th July, the HPSC has been notified of 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,065 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Of today’s 38 cases;

  • 22 males/ 16 females
  • Median age 30 years
  • 82% are under 45 years of age
  • 32 cases are located in Dublin or Kildare
  • 26 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of confirmed cases

Over the past two days a total of 123 cases have been reported. Of these;

  • 84 cases are linked to known outbreaks or are close contacts of other confirmed cases.
  • At least 19 cases have been identified as community transmission while 20 cases remain under investigation
  • 44 cases are located in Kildare, 33 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 10 in Laois, 8 in Limerick and the remaining 17 are located across 10 counties.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks.

“We may be beginning to see more cases which we cannot link to outbreaks or close contacts. The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor this situation closely over the coming days.”

A survey of GP’s has indicated that the vast majority of patients who had contacted them with COVID-like symptoms in the past week had not been self-isolating since the onset of their symptoms.

Dr. Ronan Glynn said; “The importance of isolating as soon as you have any flu like symptoms cannot be overstated. Without this individual action we simply will not break the chains of transmission and we will put many people at risk of infection. 

“It is important that people know that there is no charge for GP or testing services relating to COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact your GP if you have any concerns.

“This weekend, the six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network & time you spend with them, keep your distance, meet up outside if possible, wash your hands, wear a face covering and download the COVID Tracker App.”

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NUIG to make student timetables available by end of month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway is to finalise timetables for students by the end of the month as the university prepares to reopen.

The university received guidance on the reopening of third level in recent weeks and is now examining the roll-out before the September reopening.

NUIG President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh says feedback has found students are keen to have an in-person experience as well as the online mode of learning.

First year students are expected to begin on campus on September 28th with an induction process likely to take place the previous week.

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh says there will be an on-campus experience as well as online learning while adhering to public health guidelines….

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City Hall opens book of condolence following death of John Hume

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city council has opened a book of condolence following the death of John Hume.

The remains of the former Nobel peace prize winner will be removed from his home in Donegal to Saint Eugene’s cathedral in Derry this evening.

Mr. Hume passed away in the early hours of yesterday having suffered from Dementia for some time.

He was awarded the freedom of Galway city in 1999 in appreciation for his work in the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

A funeral mass will be held for the 83 year old tomorrow in accordance with public health guidance.

A book of condolence will be opened at City Hall this morning and will remain open until Friday afternoon.

Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv told Keith Finnegan on Galway talks John Hume did a lot for the country – often against the odds….

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Power restored to 2700 households following issues with Claregalway transformer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Power has been restored to 2700 houses in the East Galway area.

2,700 households experienced the outage this morning in areas including Turloughmore, parts of Claregalway, Ballyglunin, Abbeyknockmoy and Tuam.

It was due to issues with the transformer based in Claregalway.

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