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Mobile Phone Data Reveals City Living in Galway Yet to Return to Normal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – New data from Apple and Google reveals while many people have returned to normal patterns of life in rural areas and smaller towns, city centres such as Galway are not as active as they were pre pandemic.

As the last restrictions on society begin to ease and with many still working from home, mobile phone data reveals that city living has yet to fully recover after lockdown.

According to Today’s Irish Independent, the Apple and google movement data which was anonymously collected from hundreds of thousands of Irish smartphones,reveals traffic and movement of people has returned to pre-pandemic levels across most of the country.

Google data, which tracks where people are going, shows activities such as retail and commercial have now largely recovered.

Nationally only public transport and office attendance lag pre-pandemic levels

People have returned to normal patterns of life in rural areas and smaller towns but, with many office workers still operating from home, city centres such as Galway are not as active.

The use of cars has now soared in rural areas, with public transportation still not fully restored.

But it’s a different story in Galway city where according to the Apple data, the number of journeys people made on foot has increased by up to 100 percent compared to before the pandemic began.

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1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,392* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 288 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 73 are in ICU.

The five day moving average is 1,311.

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Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.

The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.

Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.

Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.

Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.

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Approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has granted approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue.

The development is led by crown Square Developments Ltd and would be located at Monivea Road and Joyces Road.

The development consists of several blocks of varying heights – the tallest buildings will have ten floors and stand 30 metres above ground level at Monivea Road.

The project includes 240 two-bed units, 86 single-bed units, and 19 three-bed units.

Also in the plans is a commercial scheme which will feature retail and pharmacy units, a fitness and leisure centre, a primary care medical centre and a creche.

Access and parking arrangements for the proposed housing would be integrated with the office and hotel development authorised on the western part of the site, which’ll also have parking space for 1,200 bicycles.

An Bord Pleanála has now approved the plans with 19 conditions attached.

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