40 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Galway
By Oisín McGovern
The number of cases of Covid-19 in Galway has risen to 40, the third-highest of any county in the Republic of Ireland.
235 new cases were confirmed by the HSE yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,564.
Dublin has the highest number of cases with 559 (57 per cent of cases), followed by Cork with 133 (11 per cent).
Two people from the east of the country died as a result of the virus yesterday, one male and one female with an underlying condition.
Galway Airport is currently operating a Covid-19 testing facility, which will be able to test 1,000 people per day when fully operational.
The HSE has revised the criteria for testing, meaning people must be displaying at least two symptoms before being tested.
Dr Tony Holohan said that only 6 per cent of people tested for coronavirus have tested positive.
The National Public Health Emergency Team are meeting this morning to consider establishing Covid-19 specific hospitals. Is not yet know if such a hospital will be established in Galway.