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University Hospital Galway included in group of 9 which form kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan

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University Hospital Galway is included in a group of 9 which form the kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan announced today
The 30 million euro initiative aims to prepare the health system for the next four months – with a special focus from the 17th December to January 13th.
During that time extra beds will be made available at 9 hospitals around the country, including UHG, while 550 homecare packages will be available to free up space for acute patients.
The HSE’s Vida Hamilton is advising people to avoid A&E if they can.
However, the former General Secretary of the INMO and member of the Slaintecare Advisory Council, Liam Doran says the plan comes very late in the day.

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New car registrations in Galway drop 20% in 2020

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Car sales in Galway fell almost 20% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019.

New figures from The Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that close to 800 less cars have been sold in the city and county than the same time last year.

Between January and July 2020, 3,098 new car registrations were recorded, compared to 3,865 the previous year.

Nationally, New car sales are down almost 30 per cent this year compared to 2019.

While sales in Large Goods Vehicles and Heavy Goods Vehicles are down between 25 and 28 per cent.

Used car imports have also dropped by over a half on last year’s figures.

There were 21,213 vehicles sold last month, which is nearly 3,500 fewer than July of last year.

The top-selling car brands are Volkswagen, Toyota, Hynudai, Skoda and Ford.

Director General of S.I.M.I, Brian Cooke says there needs to be a reduction in Vehicle Registration Tax to allow the car market to return to normal.

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No new deaths reported and 45 new cases of Covid-19 identified nationwide

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Galway Bay fm news:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,763 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 3rd August, the HPSC has been notified of 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,253 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Galway has reported no new cases of coronavirus today, with 498 cases registered to date.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 35 are men / 10 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • 31 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 4 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 33 cases are located in Kildare, 7 in Dublin, and 5 are spread across four other counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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Gardai appeal for witnesses following Spiddal burglary

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Gardai in Spiddal are investigating after a petrol station in the village was broken into in the early hours of this morning.

The burglary happened at around 2:30am and a quantity of cash and cigarettes were stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Spiddal Garda Station on 091 553 122 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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