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‘Don’t let your guard down’ —that is the message from the boss of the Isle of Wight’s NHS as cases of COVID-19 begin to climb.

Speaking at a meeting of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Board, chief executive Maggie Oldham said while the Island had seen ‘relatively low numbers’ that is no reason to be complacent as restrictions come back into place.

Despite having had an ‘influx’ of visitors over the summer months and an increase in travel, the Isle of Wight has seen a smaller increase rate than other areas.

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Ms Oldham thanked the Island’s community for its ‘combined effort in adhering to the guidelines’ and the diligence of staff within the trust.

She said:

“I am asking everybody to keep practising social distancing other national guidance such as hand washing and wearing masks.

“It would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to thank the public and our staff for the way they have supported us through this time.”

With tighter guidance coming into place today (Monday), Ms Oldham is asking everyone to do what they can to stop the spread.

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She said:

“Some people in some areas seem to be getting somewhat complacent and it is really important for us to reissue the message, both internally and throughout our community. that while our numbers remain low it is really vital we don’t get complacent, we don’t let our guard down and we do everything that we can, personally, to stop the spread of this awful illness.”

Restrictions being reinforced include no more than six people from different households are allowed to meet, indoors or outdoors, with some local lockdowns — not on the Island — facing restrictions to opening hours of premises.

Since the start of the month, the Island has seen an increase of 11 cases, taking the total number of positive tests to 444.

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Mr justice

But how many how died?

Karn Evil 9

Oh dear Maggie Oldham, stop telling such a load of bull. The reason the number haven’t been that high is because it is not being reported. NHS Staff are going down like flies with the infection rate, I know of at least 2 members of staff being infected. Why isn’t this reported then. If the infection rate is to go down, then stop people coming over here for a jolly day out and bringing it with them. JUST STAY AWAY…….. And Mr Justice – sad as it will be, people will die again here, as the infection rate is climbing.

Hendrick Olsan

Yes many children have caught colds, so, if they catch them, then even more will catch the highly infectious CV. Many will bring this home to vulnerable this Winter and many will not survive.


People aren’t wearing masks in supermarkets and small local shops. Their attitude isn’t disgusting and they show no example to their kids either just blazen arrogance. I hear people say it’s all scare mongeri g and rubbish now too as they don’t want to go back Into lockdown again. People think the virus has gone and have ignored the rules and now we are going into a second phase as expected. It’s going o be along hard winter I feel. It’s always the low life’s that bring us all down.


perhaps maggie should stop looking down at everyone and treating them like children. We are free individuals and will do as we please, not what some pen pusher says.
1500 a week die from smoking in the uk -not banned is it and no massive panic demanding that non smokers be isolated indoors just in case.

Lady Longdown

On the one hand, if you are scared… Stay at home and stop littering up the streets.


Smoking related illnesses are self inflicted, you smoke cigarettes you take your chance.
They can choose to stop smoking and be healthy.
You can’t choose whether you get covid but you can try to protect yourself and others.

Adrian Moran

Is she actually on touch with the real world ? Islanders behaving sensibly? Obviously she hasn’t been in some of the beach towns during August !

Geoff Hope

A long harsh Winter, now children are back at schooling, will take a heavy toll on the vulnerable family members and likely some of the children themselves.
I would have thought it better to learn at home until the cure is found next year.
Better a ‘slightly’ less intelligent child than losing one imo.


no, a better solution is to advise all those who think they are at risk to stay indoors and practice good hygiene, whilst everyone else gets on with their lives.
The entire society should not suffer just because older people cant be bothered to stay indoors and away from those that aren’t living off state benefits and need to work to keep society going.

Lady Longdown

You are ironically named, Mr. Hope. Regards, Lady Longdown.


Are they not dim enough already? to deliberately let them be half witted seems cruel

Hendrick Olsan

Think, IF your child has come home with a cold or any other illness from school, then clearly, with CV being far, far more infectious, ONCE someone has such in the class, then they will just as easily, and more so, bring that home to the more vulnerable.

Roger everyone

People just need to get with life, and reduce there own risk accordingly. Its not going away., but it’s not killing everyone.

Chicken nuggets

I heard that coronavirus will last long in late 2021 according to bill gates!

isla wight

is that when he makes an anti virus.


It will last as long as people infect each other.

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