The total number of people on the Isle of Wight who have tested positive for COVID-19 now sits at 421, according to the latest Government figures released today (Thursday).
Up until today, the Government has kept a second ‘pillar’ of data secret from the public. But now, for the first time, the true coronavirus statistics have been revealed.
204 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on the Isle of Wight through hospital testing since the start of the pandemic in March. In addition, 217 cases have been identified and lab confirmed through drive-through testing and home testing.
This brings the total number of cases for the Isle of Wight local authority area to 421. Out of a population of approximately 140,000 people, it means just 0.3% of locals have been confirmed as having the potentially deadly virus.
The total number of deaths remains at 82 – 3 died at home, 39 in hospital and 39 in care homes, with 1 death at the hospice. This figure means just 0.05% of the local population have died from COVID-19 and of those confirmed as having coronavirus, just under 20% have died – half of what it was yesterday.
Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has said:
“I welcome the release of pillar 2 data by Public Health England. It is important that this data is seen at a local level to enable our services not only to understand the true extent of Covid-19 cases on the Island, but it will also enable them to use the data to inform their future planning.
“We must ensure that we put these figures into context. We still have very low rates of infection on the Island.
“I understand that we have one of the highest rates of testing per person, so authorities think that they have a good handle on the true rate of Covid in the community, which remains low. It is frustrating that these figures were not released sooner. I have made that opinion clear to the head of PHE today.
“There is some great partnership working going on across the Island to ensure we open up in the safest way possible but of course we will continue to monitor the data and I know the IW Council and NHS Trust has plans in place to deal with any significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases here.”
The Isle of Wight Council has reassured Islanders that there is no need to panic or be unduly alarmed, with no evidence of a surge in cases – as the figures above support.