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The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight has risen to 25, according to official Public Health England figures released this afternoon (Saturday).

In the past 24 hours, the number of cases locally has risen by 6 from 19 to 25 and it’s only expected to get worse in the coming days as we move towards the peak of the outbreak.

It was revealed yesterday that 5 people treated at St Mary’s Hospital, who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered and have been discharged.

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Nationally, the number of people who have tested positive for the deadly virus has reached in excess of 41,000. There have been 4,313 deaths, including 3 here on the Island. It is thought there has been at least 1 more death on the Isle of Wight.

Island Echo is told that 5 wards are now being used for suspected and confirmed coronavirus patients at St Mary’s Hospital. It’s understood that the Laidlaw clinic has been cleared, as has the archive room with files transferred to HMP Isle of Wight.

As reported yesterday, a number of refrigerated containers have been shipped over to the Island to act as a temporary mortuary, should the need arise.

For the latest information on coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight visit

Symptoms of coronavirus

Stay at home if you have either:

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a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

shortness of breath.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

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.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Use the 111 coronavirus service for information.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How long to stay at home

if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days.

if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus from spreading.


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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards

avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

only travel on public transport if you need to

work from home, if you can

avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

avoid events with large groups of people

use a phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

Advice for people at high risk

If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it.

These include:

not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings

avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible

Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you're at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK.

Who is at high risk?

You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

have had an organ transplant

are having certain types of cancer treatment

have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia

have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma

have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections

are taking medicine that weakens your immune system

are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

If you're at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, the NHS does not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Pregnancy advice

If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.

Travel advice

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

If you're planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

More information

GOV.UK: coronavirus action plan
GOV.UK: information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK
NHS England: coronavirus for health professionals


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stay at home is the advice yet they do not have any contingency when you have neighbours that make your life hell with loud so called music and having friends round for a drinking and smoking session…police should have powers during this lockdown to enforce quieter environment.
they normally do nothing when you have totally disrespectful neighbours playing loud music and that same total disrespect is carried forward to total disregard for the social distancing …police usually just pick on those that have been disturbed rather than sort out those that do the disturbing…

Someone who knows.
Someone who knows.

Everything you said, Completely true. The lowlife scumbag trash have got more and more noticeable over the years because certain people in authority have made it so that society has to allow these scum to live among everyone else and expect decent . quiet, people to just put up with it and not say anything because if you have cause to complain about the scum, the softly softly brigade shout you down.
I can only hope that the tolerance for the ignorant trash that have been forced on us for decades now, can stop and maybe the tide will turn in favour of decent people for once.


Said similar and it has been taken off. We don’t all live in the country in large detached houses, with massive gardens.

People will not tolerate this for long, rightly or wrongly.


It’s very distressing when we have neighbour’s like the one’s your describing, unfortunately it’s part of British culture now.

Some have no respect for anyone even during sad and difficult times, some would not show any respect even too those that have lost loved ones during these sad and difficult times.

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Opinions Matter

Advice for Sunny. Report them to the police. Your noisy, inconsiderate neighbour should not have friends to their house. A gathering, party or whatever it is, is forbidden. Stupid, selfish, idiots. Let the police know the next time when all the morons turn up.

Stay at home
Stay at home

British culture needs to change. And as for reporting scummy neighbours to the police, they don’t want to know and say it is an environmental health problem and to contact them, then they don’t want to know either, or they reluctantly write a letter to the scum, only for it to stop for a while, and after about a month it all starts up again.
At least my scummy neighbours have gone somewhere today, taking advantage of the nice weather, and ignoring the lockdown of course, but it means I am not in here being forced to hear their noise and having to breathe in their cannabis fumes coming through the walls into my bedroom.
Speaking of the so called lockdown, just standing outside the front door in my side path, couldn’t believe the amount of people going past, kids out in force, people off to the beach or somewhere for a day out, noise everywhere, cars everywhere, it’s busier in my supposedly quiet area of Ryde today than on days before the lockdown even started.

P .m.h.
P .m.h.

U said it in one Matty,I have had the same kind of Rubbish over very important thing,s 2 me,and the so called police now a day,s. Don,t. Care a ducking hill ..if u were selly or stewpot ete they would be round to those sival servant ,our employees by the way ,like muck of a dog,s back side.they are all everyone,s enployees..they should work 4 us ..there bosses…and that,s. It..full stop .


Another rise in cases, not a surprise really, almost 2 weeks since the influx of 2nd and 3rd homeowners. Didn’t need a crystal ball to see this coming!

Stay at home, don’t visit friends or relatives. Everyone has a phone and most people have internet access at home now too. I’m sure a few pubs in the more “rural” areas are still having lock ins during this lock down….. why do some pubs have all there lights on outside, (and a few inside) what’s more there are people inside these pubs too….. so come on police check them regular.

Betty S
Betty S

Lots of people having mass gatherings together, drinking smoking weed! And the people who are doing the right thing and STAYING IN are being terrorised by these absolute selfish idiots, whilst trying to have some normality in our own gardens!!!


Everyone is at high risk of catching the virus, what they mean is those who are at high risk of becoming severely ill if they catch it.

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Opinions Matter

Doctors are now reporting from the front line in hospitals where they are treating coronavirus patients, the virus now takes up to 14 days to show symptoms, originally they thought it was 5 days. We must all stay indoors, as tough as this might be for some, it won’t be forever. If people continue to ignore advice, this virus will spread and infect and potentially kill more people. The number of cases are slowly increasing on the island, let’s hope these people have not infected too many others. I also wish them a speedy recovery. Stay well, stay indoors everyone.


If its lockdown and were unable to work make sure the beers are cold and you stay at home but live life to the full stop being a old fart


For the sum tested to those dead, it is an alarming 10% death rate. And that is for the UK, whereas surely with our ageing population here it will be worse? Or are there many who have CV not tested which could lower these shocking percentages of death to give us a little more hope?

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