Spread of COVID-19 has intensified in NUI Galway

By Yifeng Chen

Recently, the data shows that the spread rate of coronavirus in universities is out of control, especially in NUI Galway.

As of February 26th, the 14 day infection rate in Ireland was 269.3 cases per 100,000 people, which is significantly lower than the peak in January. Ireland is no longer the country with the highest infection rate in the world.

However, despite the Level 5 lockdown that has lasted since December 26th 2020, and the arrival of vaccines, the infection rate in Galway is still rising.

NUIG building
Photo form Yifeng Chen

It is worth mentioning that the virus still has every university closed. Within NUIG, there have been 135 reported cases and recently there were 30 students tested on Monday.

NUIG Lab student working
Photo from Yifeng Chen

According to an NPHET report, there are 15 infection clusters in NUIG, with the number of cases in each cluster ranging from 2 to 40. Padraic Toomey, President of the NUIG student union, dismissed the idea of “mass” gatherings, but he did not rule out the possibility that there were still students who “did not comply with the health guidelines.”

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By Yifeng Chen

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