Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway now has 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the latest Government figures.
That’s an increase of seven case on the previous figure – and the largest single day increase on record for Galway since figures were made available.
There are now 785 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide – while 3 people have died.
Around a third of all cases have been hospitalised and the median age of those infected is 44.
Community transmission is behind the majority of confirmed cases at 42 percent, followed closely by foreign travel at 35 percent, and close contact at 23 percent.
Dublin has the largest number of cases at 320, followed by Cork with 88 and Galway with 21.
The Health Minister’s reminding people not to gather in large groups and keep observing social distancing guidelines.
Though today is Mothers Day, Simon Harris says there are other ways to show affection rather than physical contact.
Minister Harris also says they’re now trying to hire more medical staff to help deal with the crisis.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris says he’ll use emergency powers to shut down any pubs that keep trading if they don’t shut voluntarily.
Independent Councillor Ken O’Flynn says he’s seen too many pubs trading in Cork in the last week.
He says publican’s behaviour during the pandemic should be considered when their licence is up for renewal.
Elsewhere, after Italy recorded almost 800 deaths in one day yesterday, Russia’s military will start sending medical help to the country from today.
Italy is one of the world’s hardest-hit countries, with more than 53-thousand cases – and almost 5-thousand people have died.
Last night, strict new measures were introduced in the Lombardy region in an effort to tackle the spread.
Sport, physical activity and even the use of vending machines is banned.
The number of coronavirus cases around the world has now topped 300 thousand.
Roscommon/Galway TD urges government to consider proposal for development of template for cloth face coverings
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….
NUIG Professor Alan Ahearne cites reasons for cautious optimism after coronavirus
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Professor Alan Ahearne says there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the economy after the coronavirus.
Alan Ahearne is Director of the Whitaker Institute and Professor of Economics at the university.
He also served as Special Adviser to Ireland’s former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from 2009 to 2011
Professor Ahearne says there are some reasons for optimism as it’s not a typical recession.
HSE data reveals COVID 19 patient numbers at UHG and Portiuncula on Saturday
Galway Bay fm newsroom – HSE data for Saturday April 4th shows there were 18 patients with coronavirus receiving care at UHG.
Meanwhile, four COVID 19 patients were being cared for at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe on the day.
The breakdown of cases by hospital nationwide published by RTE’s Fergal Bowers shows Beaumont in Dublin was dealing with the largest volume at the time of analysis at 110 cases.
This was followed by St. James at 83 and the Mater with 76 cases.