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MEP Marian Harkin seriously concerned over UK’s attitude to border

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An MEP for this region says she’s seriously concerned with the UK’s attitude to the border.
MEPs will today vote on a resolution that lays out the European Parliament’s position on a possible framework for future EU-UK relations.
The draft resolution suggests that an association agreement between Britain and the EU could provide an appropriate framework for the future.
Independent MEP Marian Harkin, who represents Galway in Europe, says the UK is swamped trying to come up with proposals for the future relationship.

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63 COVID-19 cases notified in Galway over last four days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 63 COVID-19 cases have been notified in the Galway area over the last four days.

After a period of relatively low numbers, the city and county has seen an upward trend in cases in recent days.

16 were notified by health officials last evening, 22 on Monday evening, 11 on Sunday and 14 on Saturday.

However Galway’s 14 day incidence rate still remains relatively low at 50 per 100 thousand in population.

Meanwhile, a public health expert says Ireland should re-consider implementing compulsory quarantine for people flying into the country.

DCU Professor of Health Systems, Anthony Staines, says nations that have managed to keep virus levels down have quarantined international travellers.

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Galway Mayor officially turns on Christmas lights at Eyre Square

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard officially switched on the Christmas lights in Eyre Square last night.

The lights were turned on as retailers had reopened their doors for the first day of December trade as Level 5 restrictions were lifted.

Those visiting the city will now see the new lights in Eyre Square from 4pm daily until the New Year.

As part of this year’s arrangement, ‘Lights of Hope’ has been centred on the iconic Galway Hooker monument – to act as a symbol of the hope for a bright future in 2021.

Galway City Council says it has invested over €160,000 in the ‘Christmas in Galway’ experience this year with more lights and Christmas trees to be added across the city in the coming days.

As part of the drive to boost spirits, Galways Hookers will be seen on display in the Claddagh Basin each weekend in the lead up to Christmas.

Christmas shoppers are being reminded to wear a face mask, social distance and continue to comply with the queuing guidelines and directions set out by businesses.

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16 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 269 nationally, 18 additional deaths (not all recent)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 1 death occurred in October, 15 deaths in November and 2 are under investigation.

There has been a total of 2,069* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Monday 30th November, the HPSC has been notified of 269 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,798** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.  Of the cases notified today;

  • 133 are men / 133 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 35 years old
  • 73 in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny, 20 in Limerick, 19 in Louth, 19 in Tipperary and the remaining 118 cases are spread across 20 other counties. 

  As of 2pm today, 224 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.   Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last 6 weeks to suppress COVID-19 means that we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties.   “It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease, to assess the risk that is involved in any social activity. We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December.       “Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on COVID-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease.”  

*Validation of data has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 2,069 deaths reflect this. **Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,798 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 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 30NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (17NOV to 30NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days (17NOV to 30NOV2020)
Ireland269874,144
Donegal16211.1336
Louth19183.1236
Kilkenny20148.1147
Limerick20132.9259
Monaghan<5104.364
Dublin73103.11,389
Wicklow<592.7132
Longford<588.136
Mayo985.1111
Carlow780.846
Tipperary1980.2128
Meath679.5155
Waterford<575.788
Roscommon<563.541
Cork863.4344
Cavan66348
Kildare760.2134
Laois<555.547
Sligo<554.936
Clare65363
Galway1650129
Offaly<547.537
Kerry54465
Westmeath<529.326
Wexford928.743
Leitrim012.54

  Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 39.9.

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