A new confirmed case of coronavirus has been identified on the Isle of Wight as nationally numbers soar to over 8,000, it has been announced tonight (Tuesday).
It has been 7 days since the last confirmed case was revealed. The total number now sits at 3 but is thought that 1 person has been transferred off the Island, reducing the number of cases locally from 4 to 3 for ‘administrative’ reasons.
Patients are currently being treated in an isolation ward at St Mary’s with the NHS using the as-was stroke unit for such purposes.
As of 09:00 on 24th March 2020, 8,077 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 422 patients have died nationally to date. No deaths have taken place on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight is currently one of the only areas in the country to have such a low confirmed cases count, sitting alongside Hartlepool, Darlington, North East Lincolnshire and Bracknell Forest. Blackburn with Darwen has 2 cases and Kingston upon Hull has just 1.
Although the number of confirmed cases is low, it doesn’t mean that there are not other cases within the community with individuals self-isolating and recovery at home without being tested.
The Island has been hit hard by event cancellations and postponements over the past week including Walk the Wight, IoW Randonnee and Sandown Sprint. Local supermarkets are feeling the impact and schools are now closed for the majority of students.
It was announced on Friday that all restaurants, pubs, gyms and similar establishments must close until further notice and yesterday the country entered a form of lockdown – all unprecedented moves not seen since World War II.
For the latest information on coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight visit https://www.islandecho.co.uk/category/coronavirus/.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a cough
- shortness of breath
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Research shows it takes, on average, around 5 days for symptoms to start showing.
If you are worried that you might have coronavirus
- Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people, especially older or vulnerable people
- Call NHS 111 or use the online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – you will be asked questions and given advice
- You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or St Mary’s Hospital without checking with NHS 111
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean