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453 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide – with no additional deaths

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

There were no deaths related to COVID-19 notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has been a total of 4,906 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Sunday 2nd May, the HPSC has been notified of 453 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 250,290* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 203 are men / 250 are women
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 25 years old

As of 8am today, 129 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 40 are in ICU. 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of 1st May 2021, 1,591,888 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 1,146,562 people have received their first dose
  • 445,326 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

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Renewed call for development of deep water port at Ross an Mhíl

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There are renewed calls for the development of a deep water port at Ross an Mhíl.

In 2017, a cost-benefit analysis on such a development was carried out on behalf of the Department of Food, Agriculture and Marine.

However, while planning permission was sought and secured in 2018 on the basis of the report, there’s been little movement on the project since.

Deputy Mairead Farrell says the Government has an opportunity to invest in Connemara and establish Ross an Mhíl as a greater economic driver in the region.

She argues a deep water port would not only strengthen the fisheries and marine potential of the harbour, but also improve other infrastructure in the region such as roads.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell says a report has favoured the development, the public want it, and planning permission has been secured.

She says all that’s needed now is for the Government to allocate funding to the project.

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Galway University Hospitals and Portiuncula University Hospital issue update on disruption to services

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Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and University Hospitals Galway have released an update on the disruptions to services as a result of the Ransomware attack on the HSE.

In the statements, they said that the ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to have a considerable impact on hospital services.

Here are the service disruptions at Portiuncula University Hospital:

CANCELLATIONS

·         All outpatient clinics are cancelled.

·         All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.

·         Endoscopy services are cancelled.

·         All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Department as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.

Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or hospital number with them when they come to the hospital or any letter that they have received from the hospital as this will contain information which will make it easier to find existing medical records.

We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

GOING AHEAD

Maternity services will go ahead.

Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.

Here are the service disruptions at Galway University Hospitals

CANCELLATIONS

·         All outpatient clinics are cancelled.

·         All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.

·         Endoscopy services are cancelled.

·         Radiotherapy services are cancelled.

·         All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Departments as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.

We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or board number with them when they come to the hospital. This number appears on appointment letters, test results, blood test results.

GOING AHEAD

Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead.

Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.

Updates will be available on saolta.ie and hse.ie as well as Twitter @saoltagroup and @HSELive

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Motorists advised of possible delays due to roadworks on the L7156 Esker

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Motorists travelling on the L7156 Esker are advised that a section of the road will be closed to through traffic between the hours of 7.30 am & 7pm tomorrow and Tuesday the 18th of May due to road resurfacing overlay works.

The work is being carried out by Lagan Asphalt Ltd acting on behalf of Galway County Council and as a consequence, users of this road are requested to expect delays and as such should allow additional time for their journeys.

Galway County Council would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works.

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