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Mobility indicator finds half of Galway households stayed within 10km in last week of 2020

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just under half of Galway households stayed within 10 kilometres of their residence for the week ending 31st December.

The Central Statistics Office has today released the first of its COVID-19 Insight Series on Mobility During the Pandemic up to the week ending 31 December 2020.

The mobility indicator finds the highest percentage of people moving beyond 10 kilometres from home in all of last year occurred during the week ending 24 December 2020.

The study finds that propensity to stay within 10 kilometres of residence tends to differ by county, as movement is impacted by local circumstances and conditions, such as access to services and levels of urbanisation.

Dublin showed the highest percentage of persons staying local of any county for the week ending 31 December, at 66%.

This compares to the more rural counties such as Galway at almost 49%, Mayo at over 48%, and Sligo at almost 50%.

The Staying Local Indicator shows the lowest percentage of the population staying within 10 kilometres of their home each day for the week ending 24 December 2020 – the highest mobility levels of any point during the pandemic or throughout 2020.

One week later, the week ending 31 December 2020, the percentage of people staying local had increased, with almost 58% of the population estimated to have stayed within 10 kilometres of home each day.

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Health officials issue ‘stay at home’ appeal to workers across the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE West has issued an appeal calling on the public to work from home as the virus continues to spread in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

The group has warned that there continues to be a very high level of infection in our communities.

The 14 day incidence rate in Galway stands at 1095 per 100,000, 1635 in Mayo and 925 in Roscommon.

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health at HSE West, is urging workers across the region to work from home if possible.

She has also stressed that over the next two weeks hospitals and medical services will be under significant pressure.

She says the public can assist frontline workers by halting the spread of the virus in our communities.

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HSE criticised over failure to reopen COVID-19 hub at Merlin Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD is expressing disappointment that the Galway Community COVID Assessment Hub located at Merlin Park remains closed.

Community assessment hubs are operated by the HSE to help manage the increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

They aim to divert patients who have, or are suspected of having, the virus away from the acute hospital system, by providing a facility where patients can be seen and clinically assessed.

A hub was set up at Merlin Park Unit 3 following the first wave of the pandemic early last year and was later closed.

Sinn Féin Deputy Mairéad Farrell says despite the country now struggling with the worst phase of the pandemic, the unit remains closed.

She says the explanation from the HSE is that the nurses needed to run the hub have been redeployed….

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Galway Senator raises concerns for fishing communities due to Brexit restrictions on UK trawler landings

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway Senator has raised concerns for the future of fishing communities due to new restrictions on UK trawler landings.

Senator Sean Kyne says restrictions regarding the landing of catches by UK trawlers are making the Brexit situation even more challenging for Irish coastal communities, particularly those involved in sea-food processing.

Following Brexit, UK trawlers are now classed as being from a third country and can only land catches at international ports in Ireland which are Killybegs and Castletownbere.

It’s understood this new restriction is due to a long-standing regulation that vessels from third party countries can only land at international ports.

Senator Kyne is also calling on the Government to produce its expanded list of Irish boats which can fish in UK waters as quickly as possible.

He says every effort must be made to change the rule so that UK trawlers are permitted to land catches at other ports.

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