Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are appealing for information about the theft of catalytic convertors from cars in the city.
Two reports have been made to Gardaí at Millstreet that catalytic converters were stolen from parked cars at GMIT, Dublin Road yesterday (20/2) between 9.30a.m and 5.30p.m.
The converter, known commonly as a ‘CAT’, controls a vehicle’s emissions and is made up of precious metals, and are often sold to scrap yards for cash.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the culprits acting suspiciously underneath cars at GMIT yesterday to contact them at 091 53 8000.
84 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 2121 nationally, and 8 further deaths
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
All 8 of these deaths occurred in January.
The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 49-93 years. There are no newly reported deaths in healthcare workers. There are no newly reported deaths in a young person under the age of 30.
There has been a total of 2,616 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Sunday 17th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 174,843* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 992 are men / 1,117 are women
- 58% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 39 years old
- 753 in Dublin, 236 in Cork, 142 in Wexford, 126 in Kildare, 109 in Limerick and the remaining 755 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,975 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 200 are in ICU. 102 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This third wave of the pandemic has seen higher level of hospitalisations across all age groups. There are now more sick people in hospital than any time in the course of this pandemic. The risk that this disease poses to the individual who is infected has not changed. What has changed is that we are experiencing a much greater level of community transmission and as a result we are seeing higher numbers of people with severe illness who require hospitalisation or admission to intensive care and higher numbers of mortality. Please continue to stay at home and drive down this infection in our community.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Our survey data indicates that 60% report contacting older relatives and friends to ensure they are okay. Providing support and reassurance to older and more vulnerable members of society is an important part of our collective response to this pandemic. Our sense of community and support for each other must remain a key part of our armoury against COVID-19.”
Dr. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority, said; “Up to the 11th of January, the HPRA received a total of 81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. All reports were generally consistent with those typically observed with other vaccines and included events of a mild to moderate nature which resolved or were resolving at the time of reporting. Among those most frequently reported were abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, joint pain and pains in the arms, some experience of dizziness, headache, itching and a rash – all consistent with the known and anticipated side effects as emerged during the clinical trials.
“While the relatively mild effects described are of course uncomfortable for those who experience them, they do pass quickly and generally do not require any medical treatment.
“Safety monitoring of all medicines, including vaccines, is central to the remit of the HPRA and we intend to publish a regular update of the number and nature of reports regarding suspected side effects with COVID-19 vaccines, as the vaccination roll-out continues.”
Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said: “We are now one week operating in critical surge capacity, the first time we have had to rely on this during the pandemic. Our staff escalation plan is in operation and we are very grateful for the non-critical care staff who are supporting the delivery of these critical services. Patients across the health service are very sick. The message from your healthcare workers is to please stay at home and continue to interrupt the spread of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 174,843 confirmed cases reflects this.
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 17Jan2021)||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (04Jan2021 to 17Jan2021)||New Cases during last 14 days (04Jan2021 to 17Jan2021)|
The 7 day incidence is 470.2
The 5-day moving average is 3,149
Simon Harris to seek removal of repeat exam fees at NUIG
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has pledged to write to NUI Galway to ask them to waive repeat examination fees.
The matter was raised in the Dáil by Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell.
She said it’s ridiculous that in the midst of a pandemic, NUI Galway is charging almost €300 for repeat exams, while most other universities do not charge students at all.
She pointed out that youth unemployment is currently at 20 percent and students are also struggling with ‘crippling’ rents in Galway City.
Addressing Minister Harris, Deputy Farrell said it’s not fair there’s no consistency in some policies at Ireland’s universities – a situation she said creates an “unlevel playing field”.
Speaking in response, Minister Harris gave a committment that he would write to NUI Galway….
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….
Over 24 thousand people in Galway to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 24,300 people in Galway will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow.
That’s an increase of almost 3 thousand people since this time last week.
Nationally, 460,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, the highest figure recorded since June.
That marks a rise of almost 62,000 people since last Tuesday.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving the payment this week is accommodation and food services – which accounts for over 110,000 people.
It’s followed by over 76,000 wholesale and retail staff, which includes shop workers and also mechanics.
While there are over 56 thousand construction workers across the country set to receive the payment tomorrow – close to double last weeks figure.