On 7th March the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Isle of Wight was announced. Now, just over 9 weeks later, there are a total of 156 cases locally.
Data released by Public Health England this afternoon (Monday) shows a further 2 cases locally, from 154 on Monday to 156 today. However, on Saturday the number stood at 155.
Increases are not surprising given that a testing facility has been open at Medina now for a couple of weeks, undoubtedly adding to the number of cases being discovered and verified. In addition, the launch of the new contact tracing app means home swab tests are now being sent out to any Islander who shows symptoms of coronavirus.
However, the Island still has one of the lowest infection rates in the country (110.2).
This graph, produced by Island Echo, shows that there has been somewhat of a levelling of cases and deaths in recent days.
NHS England report that there have now been 32 coronavirus deaths in hospital, with the Office for National Statistics confirming a further 14 people have died in the community.
The latest information from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust confirms 25 people have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from hospital.