2 YEARS ON: COVID PANDEMIC IN NUMBERS ON ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST LOCKDOWN

2 years ago the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, broadcast live to the nation from Downing Street and announced the country was going into lockdown. Now, 24 months to the day since that chilling announcement, Island Echo looks at the numbers surrounding the pandemic…

It was on 23rd March 2020 that Islanders were told to remain inside their homes except in certain circumstances, with a whole host of stringent measures not seen since the war. Gatherings of more than 2 people in public were banned, as were events such as weddings. All shops and other businesses selling non-essential goods were closed and people were only allowed outside for 1 form of exercise a day.

It was said that restrictions would be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time but the lockdown lasted much longer, with subsequent lockdowns following. Although things are much better now, the country isn’t quite back to normal and many fear it could be another 12 months before life returns to as it was in 2019 – albeit with higher costs of living.

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The latest figures reveal that 0.28% of the Island’s population (circa 140,000) have died with COVID-19 on the death certificate, but around 25% of the local population – that’s 1 in every 4 people – has caught COVID and had their case confirmed with a test.

Since the start of the pandemic, Island Echo has published no less than 1,738 articles relating to COVID-19. This has covered all aspects of the pandemic, from cases to closures, restrictions to vaccinations. Here are some key statistics for the Isle of Wight, as reported by the Government’s COVID dashboard.

Cases

Cases on the Isle of Wight: 36,046
Cases confirmed with a PCR test: 22,470
Cases confirmed with lateral flow test only: 7,526
Case Rate per 100,000 population: 25,331.7
Most cases recorded in a single day period: 408 (14th March 2022)

Tests

Total number of tests carried out: 1,325,234 (Isle of Wight only)
Most virus tests reported in a single day period – LFT and PCR: 5,695 (4th January 2022)
Most lab-based virus tests reported in a single day period: 2,830 (7th January 2021)

Healthcare

Total number of patients admitted to hospital: 1,241
Most patients admitted in a single day period: 19 (16th January 2021)
Most COVID patients in hospital at any one time: 88 (19th January 2021)
Most COVID patients in hospital in mechanical ventilation beds: 13 (16th January 2021)

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Deaths

Total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test: 354
Total number of deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate: 393
Total number of deaths within 60 days of a positive test: 423
Most deaths recorded in a single day period: 9 (21st January 2021)
Death rate per 100,000 population within 28 days of a positive test: 248.8
Death rate per 100,000 population with COVID-19 on the death certificate: 276.2

Vaccinations

Total number of vaccinations given: 312,168
Total number of first doses given: 113,383 (86.7% of 12+)
Total number of second doses given: 108,270 (82.8% of 12+)
Total number of booster/third doses given: 90,515 (69.2% of 12+)
Most vaccinations given in a single day: 2,625 (17th February 2021)

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isle of wigher
isle of wigher
4 months ago

stop censoring the comments IE

I did not submit one test result and have had all variants of covid over the last two years and have never had a PCR test. I certainly haven’t had those covid jabs either. That means the figures quoted for cases are not accurate, as I and many others never bothered to submit test results from LFT.

Bob a job
Bob a job
Reply to  isle of wigher
4 months ago

Isle of Whinger!! It’s because we all did the right thing that there weren’t more deaths you numpty!!
Even the virus couldn’t kill you off it’s not bothered!!

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Bob a job
4 months ago

no it’s because you all followed like sheep

Bob a job
Bob a job
Reply to  isle of wighter
4 months ago

Oh so you’re idea would have been the best option. All you followers liking this idiot are all the same. Only 24 of you mmm wonder why?

No one
No one
Reply to  Bob a job
4 months ago

It seems obvious to me that most of the country got their jabs and blisters and now the virus that was literally killing healthy as well as vulnerable individuals has become more like a flu type virus. It is disrespectful to all those who lost their lives so horrendously and they’re family’s to say we shouldn’t have got vaccinations as that’s all we we’re hoping for at that terrible time to try to get out of this mess. I strongly believe that it is vaccines that have helped as with all pandemics. Small pockets of disbelievers are dangerous and selfish and have obviously been unaffected in some ways tk have thus attitude. A shopkeeper said the other day, I don’t get club card because they can track you you know? I said if you have a phone they, whoever they are, will know where you are! What are common people… Read more »

Bob a job
Bob a job
Reply to  isle of wighter
4 months ago

14 even

 

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