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When we’ll have decision on second lockdown – the facts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It will be tomorrow evening at the earliest before we know whether a second lockdown will be approved by the government.

Lengthy meetings yesterday broke up without any agreement on whether or not to implement NPHET’s advice.

A record number of new cases were announced yesterday at 1,276.

There are 278 cases in Dublin, 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and the remaining cases are in 21 other counties.

After more than eight hours of meetings yesterday senior ministers failed to reach a decision on whether the entire country should be moved to level five restrictions.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan made the case for a second lockdown to the leaders of the three government parties along with the Ministers for Health, Finance and Public Expenditure.

HSE boss Paul Reid gave an update on how the health service is coping with the current level of cases.

While there were presentations on the economic, employment and society wide implications of another lockdown.

The issues of mental health and domestic violence were also considered, while Ministers were told “children were safer in schools” and stressed the importance of them staying open.

Those tricky issues will be further considered by government today before a full cabinet meeting tomorrow to make a call.

There’s been criticism of the cabinet for not moving faster, including from Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

But government sources have stressed this is too big a decision to rush and that they will take all the time needed to make a call on something that would, if implemented, put potentially hundreds of thousands of people out of work and restrict the movements of the entire country.

Speaking after the meeting, Eamon Ryan suggested he believes the level of Covid 19 hospitalisations wouldn’t require an urgent decision on any change in the level of restrictions.

The Green Party leader said it was appropriate that they took their time.

To hear more on the latest developments, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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104 new COVID-19 cases in Galway; 1066 new cases nationally and three further deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,871 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 21st October the HPSC has been notified of 1,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 54,476* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 536 are men / 528 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 244 in Dublin, 104 in Galway, 98 in Cork, 92 in Meath and the

remaining 528 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 313 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “We are now in Level 5 because the disease is at very serious levels in our country and posing a significant risk to public health.

“We all need to stay at home, except for essential work and exceptional circumstances. If you are a confirmed case self isolate at home, if you are a close contact of a confirmed case restrict your movements at home, if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you are a close contact – restrict your movements and contact your GP.”

Dr. Heather Burns, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “The 14-day incidence was at 3 per 100,000 at the end of June, today it is 302 per 100,000 population. The risk of you being exposed to COVID-19 is now 100 times greater than it was 4 months ago. Please limit your risk by staying at home and following public health advice.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said “The reproduction number is 1.3 -1.4 nationally. Our collective goal now is to suppress transmission of the virus and bring our case numbers to manageable levels. If we work hard together to get the reproduction number to 0.5, we should succeed in reducing cases to below 100 a day in six weeks time.”

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “Based on our experience, widespread community transmission results in spread to vulnerable groups in congregated settings. The single most effective measure to protect vulnerable groups, including nursing homes, is to reduce community transmission significantly. Every one of us has a role to play to achieve this.”

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

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases. The figure of 54,476 confirmed cases reflects this.

            Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 21 October 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 21OCT2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population 08OCT2020 to 21OCT2020)New Cases during last 14 days (08OCT2020 to 21OCT2020)
IRELAND1,066302.514,404
Cavan561,055.5804
Meath92659.91287
Westmeath16417.9371
Monaghan22404.0248
Sligo30396.7260
Galway104355.7918
Cork98339.71,844
Donegal56321.0511
Kildare40306.1681
Clare18302.1359
Wexford19301.2451
Limerick44293.0571
Louth42289.4373
Longford<5283.8116
Leitrim<5271.587
Kerry22269.5398
Roscommon19258.7167
Dublin244253.33,412
Carlow22242.4138
Mayo36227.6297
Laois15222.0188
Offaly6221.9173
Kilkenny14177.4176
Waterford25173.0201
Wicklow11127.1181
Tipperary8120.3192
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Director of Nursing at COVID hit Ahascragh nursing home says residents are terrified

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Director of Nursing at a home at the centre of a covid 19 outbreak in Co. Galway says they feel abandoned.

25 of 27 residents at the Nightingale Nursing home in Ahascragh tested positive for the virus and one person has died.

The HSE says it’s providing support to the nursing home.

But Patricia MacGabhann says they haven’t enough staff and residents are terrified.

The grave situation in Ahascragh has been raised in the Dáil.

Independent Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says the HSE needs to provide urgent assistance to this nursing home.

He told the chamber of the distress and fear at the care facility while fellow Independent Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten says it’s an unacceptable situation.

HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O’Connor says they have stable staffing in place for the next 3 days.

She says it’s been difficult to find workers and says the health authority is monitoring the situation.

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City Direct to hold meeting tomorrow to discuss future of 411 bus service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City Direct will hold an internal meeting tomorrow lunchtime to discuss the future of its 411 bus service.

In an email seen by Galway Bay FM news, the public transport company said it will be holding the meeting and thereafter will it announce any changes to its bus services via the company’s website.

City Direct has confirmed that the 411 service, from Cappagh Road to Eyre Square, will continue up to an including tomorrow, Friday October 23rd.

The company has also stated that it has applied for emergency funding from the National Transport Authority to recommence routes 410 in Salthill, 412 in Knocknacarra and 414 in Barna.

It comes as the company suspended all it’s services for several months, during the first lockdown, and only began running the 411 service again in September.

City Councillor Niall McNelis says the continuation of all these routes is vital for people in city and particularily for those who use the services to commute across town to work everyday.

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