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Coroner reads summary to jury at Savita inquest

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The Jury has now returned to the chamber after they left for a brief period as legal teams made any submissions to the Coroner at the final day of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

All evidence concluded yesterday and the Coroner is now reading his summary to the 11 person jury.

He will then charge them on the verdicts that may return, and it’s hoped a verdict will be reached by today.

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Increase in 14 day Covid-19 infection rate in Galway, Cork and Limerick a factor in Government decision not to open Wet Pubs this Christmas

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A study has revealed that an increase in 14 day Covid-19 infection rates in Galway, Limerick and Cork may have been a factor in the Cabinet’s decision not to allow Wet Pubs to open this Christmas.

The Study from EY, according to the Sunday times, found that there was an increase of up to 12 Percent in the three regional cities – three times the national average.

The study found no similar surge in Dublin where they remained closed over the same period.

The government’s announcement on the lifting of Level 5 restrictions in the run up to Christmas allows restaurants and pubs that serve food to reopen from Friday but pubs that do not must remain closed.

This announcement on Friday evening was greeted with disappointment by the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

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7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 137 are men / 104 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.

As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 27 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 27NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)
Ireland24393.74,464
Donegal26215.5343
Louth<5191.6247
Limerick15170.9333
Kilkenny10126.0125
Roscommon6120.878
Waterford16114.5133
Dublin91106.11,430
Meath<595.9187
Longford085.635
Tipperary<580.9129
Monaghan<579.849
Mayo579.7104
Cork1875.7411
Wicklow573.7105
Offaly<573.157
Cavan068.352
Carlow<566.738
Clare<566.579
Kildare662.9140
Sligo<558.038
Westmeath<556.350
Laois<555.547
Kerry653.579
Galway1446.1119
Leitrim031.210
Wexford<530.746
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.

It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.

The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.

They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.

There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.

While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff

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