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Government announce new measures in fight against Coronavirus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

People are being urged to stay at home where possible and only attend work if it is considered essential.

The government’s announced another series of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Ireland.

All non essential retail outlets are to close to the public from midnight tonight.

It’s in a bid to allow the health service deal with the expected increase in the number of cases in the coming weeks.

Groups of four or more people are not to gather unless they are from the same household.

Meanwhile, all organised indoor and outdoor events of any size are not to take place.

Gardai will be ensuring that people obey these measures and also comply with social distancing guidelines.

All previous measures announced by the government have been extended to Sunday April 19th.

The official notification of measures to Minister of Health Simon Harris by Chair of the Covid-19 National Public Health Emergency Team, Dr. Tony Holohan:

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Galway Cycling Campaign calls for drivers to slow down as lockdown continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Cycling Campaign is calling on motorists to slow down, as traffic volumes on the road network have considerably reduced during the ongoing lockdown.

The cycling group says our busy hospitals shouldn’t be burdened with injuries from road traffic collisions that could potentially occur due to increased speed.

The group has praised the recent siting of a Garda speed van at the Seapoint roundabout in Salthill – where it argues many collisions have occurred in the past.

Martina Callanan is spokesperson for Galway Cycling Campaign – she says essential workers who travel to work by bike, on foot or by car need to feel safe on our roads.

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Executive Director of WHO programme addresses NUIG conferring of 190 future doctors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has delivered an inspiring address to NUI Galway’s online conferring of 190 future doctors.

Dr Mike Ryan, an NUIG graduate of the class of 1988 asked the new graduates to ‘protect themselves, others and serve those in need’.

The Newcastle based university hosted an online conferring ceremony for the School of Medicine today due to COVID 19 restrictions.

The Health Minister Simon Harris also addressed the graduation ceremony via video link and told NUIG’s 2020 Medicine class to “come work with us.”

Executive Director at the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme Dr Mike Ryan urged the medicine class to join the battle against COVID-19.

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Roscommon/Galway TD urges government to consider proposal for development of template for cloth face coverings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD is calling on the National Public Health Emergency Team to consider a proposal on the wearing of home-made cloth face coverings in public and work areas.

According to the HSE, face coverings are unlikely to be of any benefit to the public unless a person is sick.

The Regional Group of Independent TDs, of which Roscommon/Galway Deputy Denis Naughten is chair, says cloth face coverings could prevent cough and sneeze droplet spread.

The group has pointed to new evidence from the Centre for Disease Control in the US, which recommends wearing face coverings in public settings.

The Regional Group argues that the Government’s “Community Call” programme should consider taking the lead in providing face masks templates to the public so that they can be made at home.

It has moved to stress the masks would not be akin to those reserved and worn by frontline heathcare workers.

Deputy Naughten says wearing cloth masks could allow some people to return to work, while continuing to observe social distancing….

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