14 CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS NOW ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight has risen to 14 today (Wednesday), according to official statistics.

The Isle of Wight has one of the lowest confirmed cases rates in the country, second only to Rutland which has just 4 confirmed cases. Despite there being just 14 cases locally, 2 people have sadly died at St Mary’s Hospital.

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.

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As of 09:00 on 1st April 2020, 29,474 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 2,352 patients have died nationally to date, including 2 men on the Isle of Wight.

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

 Do
  • 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
 Don’t
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

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Knighton
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As it only took apparently ONE Chinese person to infect the entire globe, 14 people on a small Island, who were very infectious before they themselves realised that they had it, IS a serious worry for us all.

The issue being, all those they infected, would, in turn, have infected others, and they in turn…..etc etc

Lets hope people keep as isolated as they can do, and although numbers will rise, and more will sadly die, we can limit the deaths and suffering to manageable proportions.

God knows what will happen when we all try to return to normal though, as clearly there won’t be a vaccine by then, if at all, so like the first Chinese person to catch such, even if only ONE of us has it, then the whole of society and planet is back at risk again.

Good luck all, and stay as safe as you can.

Nwo
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Would you want to take a vaccine so early on with barely no testing

Reika Kitami
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Literally just a flu.
Nothing to be worried about.

Squirrel
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IDIOT.

Bob
Bob
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Exactly, I can’t believe there are idiots out there that still think this is just flu

Guest
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I’m sorry but you are clearly not aware of how dangerous this virus is and NEED to be aware! Thousands of people are DYING what does that say to you???????

Mr justice
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Oh yes there is a virus,like flu like other, but like flu and other it kills. Eg eddie large in hospital heart failure, catches covid 19 and dies. I think if he had caught a cold he would have died. Oh covid 19 killed him. What? That’s what is happening here

Reika Kitami
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tells me its flu season, fool

Woowoo
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There are 2 grieving families on the island who have lost dear people to this virus and you write a comment like that. Shameful. My god you must make your parents proud.

Clare Miles
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Are you stupid! The problem is the difference between flu and Coronavirus is that the Coronavirus is far more contagious and, therefore more people will die! Simple to understand. People need to stay at home to reduce the contagion.

Concerned
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Check out this website. Worldometers.info/coronovirus/countries-where-coronovirus-has-spread/

none given
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COVID-19 and the flu are caused by viruses from completely different families

The reason it is having such an impact is that humans have not been exposed to it before, as far as can be seen. This means immune systems must work harder to beat it and create the memories required to know what to do, if it comes around again.

The large number dying, may not have died, had they been exposed to it over many years, as is the case with flu viruses, common colds etc.

As years go by, we may see milder and milder incidences of covid19 due to natural immunity spreading throughout populations, however, that may take a number of years at least and there is no guarantee of it.

The panic by people is exacerbated by the media, that much is certain, however, the scientific community not having any data with which to rely on, means governments haven’t a clue and as such populations panic – well some do.

We may find ourselves in a situation where we live with COVID19 all year round for ever, with vaccines that work for some and not others – as is the case with many medications, for many different things now.

wash your hands and don’t sneeze on people is the best way forward.

Bob
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OMG you complete idiot!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe you would say that – let’s hope none of your family get it……. IDIOT!

Reika Kitami
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just a flu mate, what you scared of?

Woowoo
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That’s enough. Can i ask Island Echo to ‘black-ball’ you & delete all comments made by you? I’m all for freedom of speech & differing opinions but what you say is down right disgusting & upsetting. GO AWAY.

Mr justice
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They wont listen too you, even if you had all the evidence, because the government always tells the truth. So let the sheep carry on worrying them selfs to death. It’s the blind leading the blind.

GuestBert
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Why do you think testing hasn’t got going, you’d be frightened to know the truth, there’s company’s making kits to be sold abroad, the gov have got powers to stop that in this war.

Dismus
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GuestBert, testing hasn’t got going because this country is as usual Ill equipped, we can’t even test health care workers at the moment, stand on your door step applauding them but what we really need is basic safety equipment masks etc. Meanwhile being under house arrest will only delay the inevitable.

BOB THEBREWER
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Can someone explain what is going on in Seaview. Over the last few days cars full of people have been turning up as if they are on holiday. obviously they are coming down from the mainland for their Easter break. Have they no concept of a lockdown. They obviously have a complete disregard for anyone else on the isle of wight

Knighton
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That ‘sort’ think, and often are above the laws and rules. A fine to them is peanuts. Many know the higher Police and magistrates etc.

Like the hunt who never pick up after their hounds, they too are of the illusion that even their hounds stuff doesn’t stink let alone anything ‘they do’ could ‘ever’ be tainted or wrong.

The plus is, they rarely have vile feral children, they avoid the public and usually keep within their own circles.

Not right, but likely less risk than others in society running wild and ever more so as no school, the loss of even part time jobs to ‘get’ tax credits, and the men visiting several ‘muvvers’ of scattered children and sneaking off to get some ‘gear’ for the weekend.

Odd times, and IF I were rich, and had a holiday home here, I too would get here rather than endure to coming inner city looting, riots and risk to personal safety.

What would YOU do IF you were them.

suzie
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How irresponsible is this – A man in his 80’s just return to West Wight from West Indies, will not self isolate and is driving around in his car! Shame on him!

WAYNE
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Typical’ Some people just don’t get it. Went for are one hour walk yesterday, saw teenagers in
Cemetery all mates from different home’s in Ventnor

Alan
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Phone 999 and report them. As for the old guy in West Wight, give his name and address to the Police if he refuses to cooperate and self isolate. In the current situation most people would not deem this to be grassing on anyone….he is a loaded gun that could kill people.

Stay at home
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Our MP has been asked to bring people back here from abroad where they still decided to go to, despite this raging throughout the world. If he really wanted to help the Island he would tell them to stay where they are for now. Some people are so irresponsible and then the rest of us are still supposed to make way for them because self entitled people always think they are more important than anyone else and have more rights than the rest of us.
Leave them there. They wanted to go there, chose to go despite the virus, and now are demanding to be brought back. Let them stay there until this is over.

A human being
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Ah suzie what’s next with you guys over there….visiting his home wearing pointy hats and burning crosses. Or just get on with your own life? Us in the real world read all these comments and as most very sad didn’t realise the nastiness of the island folk. Most of you want the ferries stopped which is all very good….does that mean you’ll keep your sick over there and deal with it yourselves in your “not fit for purpose” hospital?
Keep up with the curtain twitching.

Capt.Sensible
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Human being, please don’t tar us all with the same brush. There are a lot of secondary home owners on the island, particularly in the west Wight area.

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Reply to Suzie, give his car reg to the police. Call 101 to report this asap

Stay at home
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Human being, I hardly ever meet anyone who was born on the Island, most of the people living here nowadays have moved here from elsewhere in the country, many of them come down here to live and many of them are now saying they don’t want anyone else here, it is already overcrowded for such a small place.

Time was, you could walk down the town in winter and not see a soul, now, at usual times, before this virus brought about the lockdown, the town is full of people, often the worse types of scummy people, and never an Isle of Wight accent among any of them.

Burt
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Well Reika you must’ve turned left instead of right for a Brain

worried
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It seems every day there are more & more people in the street. Two grown up ‘kids’ skimmed close past me yesterday as I was trying to take a little bit of exercise along the road opposite my house, I don’t even walk on the pavement as they are so narrow it is not possible to maintain the required distance between, especially when there are a few people all walking together. These kids skimmed past me twice, the 2nd time they threw their bikes down outside the local shop and tried barging their way into it, no doubt as they usually do, later I saw one of them waiting outside so hopefully the shopkeeper had told them only one could go in. I won’t go into that shop now as there is not much room to move around in there and certainly could not maintain a 6ft distance between myself and anyone else. i feel sorry for the people working there and the owners, as they have to stand behind the counter and people getting served cannot physically stand 6ft back as there is not the room.

I admit to feeling very confused by the conflicting information about this virus. On the one hand we are told that from the time someone gets infected, they can spread it about for two weeks without having any symptoms themselves, apparently some kids with no symptoms have been said to be infectious for a whole month, yet the advice is to self isolate for one week from some quarters and two weeks from others. Prince Charles is apparently now out of quarantine after only one week.
Plus, someone infected without knowing, who can be infectious to others for two weeks may start to show their own symptoms after being infectious for two weeks with no symptoms, and then they can have very mild symptoms to start with, but two weeks later be fighting to breathe and then fighting for their lives. This is what is so worrying. (Because the time line would be: infected, then two weeks being infectious with no symptoms, then if you start to show symptoms, two weeks after that you can be in a terrible state.)

Then we had Boris telling us that the majority of people will only have very mild symptoms, if any. If the majority of people would only have very mild symptoms, then the whole world in lockdown seems extreme. so I am very confused by it all.

I had said before that I do not miss the raucous, rowdy groups of drunks lurching past my house of an evening and well into the early hours, but last night there were people out late, after midnight going up the road, shouting and laughing, and when I went out into my path a bit later to put some rubbish out, I was very surprised to see someone just walking casually down the road, this was around 1 o clock in the morning, the night time shipping forecast had just ended. So people don’t seem to be taking much notice of the lockdown. I never see police cars cruising about at night now like I used to before, maybe they think there is no need as they are assuming everyone is in and no one is out on the street, but there are, so maybe the police should drive around a bit more like they used to.

Daemy
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It’s not really that confusing, worried…

Yes (Boris telling the truth for once) the majority will get mild, even un-noticeable symptoms, but that doesn’t mean they’re not infectious. It’s the minority who get major symptoms and need hospitalisation that are the reason for the lockdown,… with a population of over 60 million people in the UK, without these measures to stop person to person transmission, the number of people who need hospitalisation would be hundreds or even thousands of times what the NHS could cope with.

As for the lockdown,.. it’s not a curfew, … no reason why people can’t get their exercise at 1am in fact possible better if some do as there’s less chance of meeting anyone else. And as for “shouting and laughing”,.. well if people are social distancing, they kinda need to shout a little to communicate (there’s no ban on talking to people, and there’s also no ban on laughing,.. it’s supposed to be good for you)

Oh and re. Prince Charles being out after a week,.. that’s because it was confirmed that he had it,.. once you’re had it, unless you need hospital treatment, it’s done in week..& you’re not contagious any more. (he was of course one of the few who actually got tested without needing to be in hospital, but I suppose that’s what ‘Royal Privilege’ gets for you.)

Stay in! if you have to go out, stay away from people. Keep Safe !

worried
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The people I saw were not maintaining social distancing, but jostling and bumping into each other , and making a raucous noise late at night is anti social at best and downright inconsiderate and disrespectful at worse, which is what these louts were being.

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Still too many people out and about. Kids on their bikes in groups. Where are the police? I saw 2 police cars in the car park in Brading, parked side by side yesterday. They should be patrolling areas, stopping people and if they have not got a legitimate reason to be out, send them home. Teenage kids should not be out. Too soft in this country. We will never get this deadly Virus under control until everyone does as their bloody told.

Mr justice
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Wow! People believe that a Chinese person eats a bat ( which they have been doing for 1000s of years) and the whole world is infected. And sorry to burst anyone’s bubble,but things will never return to what normal was. Positive though, let’s hope the death rate drops soon.

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