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Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate reaches over 1000

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 14-day infection rate has reached over 1000.

The latest figures from NPHET, show the incidence rate per 100,000 of population in the city and county now stands 1049 – the highest figure since the pandemic began.

With 2,707 cases of the virus recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks, Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate now stands at 1049 – that’s up from 562.7 this day last week.

Over half of these new cases have been reported since Monday – including 604 on Tuesday and 200 last evening.

Despite the continued surge in case numbers, Galway’s incidence rate remains the 9th lowest nationwide and well below the national average of 3,569.

Monaghan has the highest 14-day infection rate nationally at 2,738, followed by Louth at 2,323, while Leitrim has the lowest rate at 705.

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File sent to DPP over Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have sent a file to the DPP in relation to the investigation surrounding the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, which was held in Connemara last summer.

81 people, including politicians and members of the judiciary attended the event in Clifden in August, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Golfgate was followed by the resignation of Phil Hogan as EU Trade Commissioner and the resignation of former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary.

A number of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael senators also lost the party whip as a result.

Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe was also in attendance, but a report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found it would be unjust to seek his resignation.

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Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’

The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.

Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.

She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.

The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….

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148 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 2,488 nationwide with 61 additional deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 61 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 58* deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.

There has been a total of 2,768** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 19th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,488 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 179,324*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,090 are men / 1,383 are women
  • 51% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 726 in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 1,923 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.

“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.

“If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.”

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

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*There are 3 deaths where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,768 deaths reflects this

***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 179,324 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 19 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 19Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 19Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 19Jan2021)
Ireland2,4881,222.858,227
Monaghan912,264.41,390
Waterford951,792.12,082
Louth481,741.92,245
Wexford231,695.12,538
Carlow501,605.4914
Limerick1331,594.23,107
Mayo871,550.12,023
Dublin7261,340.418,060
Clare461,285.21,527
Cork3141,280.46,951
Donegal841,189.81,894
Cavan551,140.8869
Galway1481,041.62,688
Meath1301,012.61,975
Kilkenny31990.6983
Tipperary76970.81,549
Kildare112933.92,078
Roscommon12866.1559
Laois38851.3721
Offaly32806.8629
Kerry53796.21,176
Wicklow33671.2956
Sligo25656.1430
Westmeath29588.0522
Longford11516.2211
Leitrim6468.1150

5-day moving average 2,556

7-day incidence 424.8

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