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The chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group, which runs the local public hospitals, acknowledged this week that the threat from Covid-19 would remain with us for the forseeable future but stressed there were many reasons for optimism.
“Now is the time to firmly place balanced Regional Development and Rural Ireland front and centre of EU and Government policy by identifying and implementing rural solutions to national problems,” stated Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh in her maiden Dáil speech on Wednesday.
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continued to rise in Mayo this week - which now has 30 more confirmed cases than Galway and 100 more than the other three Connacht counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon combined.
Insider is concerned that some seem to take too much pleasure when viewing our Government, and public behaviour, in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, and comparing it to the UK.
On the day when this is over, we will start to love again the things that seemed unloveable. Like traffic. We will see the beauty in being able to have work and to be able to travel to it.
The number of intensive care beds at University Hospital Galway is set to more than double as the west’s biggest hospital prepares for the anticipated upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks.
The first drive-through HSE Covid-19 testing centre in the West of Ireland, which is based at Galway Airport, will be able to test 1,000 people a day when it is fully operational.
The prolonged period of social distancing and self-isolation will have mental health ramifications which the Government must take this into account as part of its response to Covid-19.
Fewer than five cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Mayo, according to the most recent figures released by the National Public Emergency Team (NPET) - at the time of this issue of the Mayo Advertiser going to print. The number of cases is expected to rise over the coming days and weeks, with the NPET releasing daily updates each evening shortly before 9pm.
Mary Tierney has a hand sanitiser and a notice appealing to visitors to wash their hands attached to her front door at her home in Castlegar.