Confusion over the number of cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight has puzzled residents since yesterday, when local NHS bosses confirmed a rise in positive test.
Chief executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Maggie Oldham, said that the number of cases of coronavirus has increased from 3 on Tuesday to 8 on Wednesday — more than doubling the figure.
However, when the official Public Health England dashboard was updated later in the day, the increase of figures told to the Island was not showing — the number of cases stoic at 3.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed the number of cases has indeed risen to 8 and said the nationally held figures were taking some time to update.
A spokesperson from the trust said announcing the increase locally broke the protocol of announcing figures — and said it will revert back to that way from now on — but it was the right thing to do under the particular circumstances.
A spokesperson for Public Health England said the online dashboard runs behind — being updated as of 09:00 that day. However, the increase of cases was noted before 09:00 and should have been updated in the data, as per the wording of the dashboard.
It is not the first time, however, the online dashboard has confused Island residents — a week ago the number of cases on the Island dropped from 2 to 1 and then back up again.
Public Health England said that was due to a maladministration of the data — a person was registered to the hospital and not their home address, so was listed under the Isle of Wight as a local authority area.