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Visitor figures for Galway up by 30 per cent

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Visitor bookings for Galway are up by 30 per cent for this St Patrick’s weekend according to an international survey.

While Dublin shows the highes increase of 50 per cent, over last year, Galway and Cork are the other most popular destinations for foreign tourists this Paddy’s weekend.

Research carried out by online travel agent Expedia.ie found that holiday bookings to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day have doubled compared to this time last year.

Americans, Brits, Germans and Canadian tourists are our main visitors.

 Jill Lloyd from Expedia says Ireland remains a popular choice for holiday makers at this time of year with figures for Galway up by 30 per cent on the same weekend last year.

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Over 24 thousand people in Galway to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 24,300 people in Galway will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow.

That’s an increase of almost 3 thousand people since this time last week.

Nationally, 460,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, the highest figure recorded since June.

That marks a rise of almost 62,000 people since last Tuesday.

The sector with the highest number of people receiving the payment this week is accommodation and food services – which accounts for over 110,000 people.

It’s followed by over 76,000 wholesale and retail staff, which includes shop workers and also mechanics.

While there are over 56 thousand construction workers across the country set to receive the payment tomorrow – close to double last weeks figure.

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NUIG researchers advance understanding of Covid-19 infection process

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A research team at NUI Galway has advanced the understanding of the Covid-19 infection process.

The team within the Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster discovered how human respiratory cells respond to the virus.

Researchers say that all pathogens need the right combination of carbohydrates and proteins to attach to their host and cause infection.

The team at NUI Galway found that in Covid-19, the spike-glycoprotein is covered with carbohydrates and binds to the “ACE2 receptor” protein on human respiratory cells to start the infection.

It notes that mutations cause minor changes in this “molecular handshake” – many of these can be insigificant and neither beneficial nor detrimental to the virus or the host.

However, others can alter the infectivity and severity of the disease such as the UK, South African and Brazilian variants.

It’s hoped the data science analysis carried out at NUI Galway will help gain a better insight into the immune response to Covid-19, and lead to the development of improved biomarkers and therapeutic responses to the Covid-19 virus.

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Galway, Mayo and Roscommon only 3 counties to see increase in cases in last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway, Mayo and Roscommon are the only three counties nationwide to record increases in COVID-19 cases in the last week.

The HSE has warned that while all other counties nationwide are seeing a decline in case numbers, the West is seeing a continued rise.

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

An analysis of the 7 day incidence rate has shown that cases are still on the rise in these areas.

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health with HSE West told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the West region is still in a situation of growth which is extremely concerning….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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