ISLANDERS URGED TO GET COVID TESTS DESPITE LOW CASE RATE

Cllr. Lora Peacey-Wilcox

The leader of the Isle of Wight Council has urged us to get Covid tests with the increase of the Delta variant in the country – even though just 5 cases of it have been found on the Island.

Speaking at the first cabinet meeting since the elections, Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox has reiterated the importance of continual Covid testing through lateral flow kits.

Although fewer than 5 cases of the Delta variant have been found on the Island, according to Public Health England data up to June 9, health secretary Matt Hancock warned MPs in the House of Commons the variant accounts for 96% of cases.

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He said the new variant, which originated in India, had given the virus new legs because it spreads more easily and the number of cases and hospitalisations are rising.

The further spread of the virus has been the reason why step 4 of easing restrictions has been delayed by four weeks to allow more people to be vaccinated.

In that time frame, Mr Hancock said more people be vaccinated, with younger age cohorts offered the jab, which can stop hospitalisations.

With the most common symptoms of the Delta variant being a headache, sore throat, and runny nose, Cllr Peacey-Wilcox said:

“Please do be wary. You can get tests from pharmacies so please, please get those tests and check yourselves as you could be contaminating others and you don’t know.”

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Cabinet member for public health, Cllr Karl Love has asked tourists to also take a Covid test before coming to the Island in an effort to keep the Island’s community safe and stop transmission ahead of what could be a busy summer with more people ‘staycationing’.

So far, up to 15th June, there have been 36 new Covid cases found on the Island – with all coronavirus restrictions set to be axed in just 4 weeks time.

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Tony
Tony
1 month ago

More hysteria more false positives and on it goes.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
1 month ago

And the nannying starts – butt out lora – we are bored of covid and have had enough of little dictators droning on about it.

stop trying to push up the case numbers, to justify the endless infringement of our freedoms – people are not going to get tested anymore as they would be required to stay at home and the furlough scheme ends soon – you think about that

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
1 month ago

What on earth is wrong with doing 2 lateral flow test’s a week ?
Nothing it’s quick and easy and it helps to protect your family and friends and work colleagues.
Plus you yourself !!!!!
I would rather test and protect than spread covid…..
We know it’s been tough for those that have followed the guidelines but don’t ruin it now ….
And yes as I have written many times before we will have to live with it but the more vaccinations means less chance of serious illness and deaths….
And yes we probably will need booster jabs like our flu jabs but worth it to protect those around us ……

Sarah
Sarah
1 month ago

Don’t get tested …simples. Just keeps the unessesary hysteria going if do.CASES ARE JUST THAT! VUNERABLES ARE PROTECTED…let it go
And yep im expecting the idiot sheep red thumb brigade on this.pred

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Sarah
1 month ago

Have you seen someone you love die ?
Have you seen the devastating effects of the family and friends left behind ?
Have you not been able to be with that loved one when they die of covid?

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Miss sensible
1 month ago

Has the same logic and draconian rules and manic sentiment been applied to flu, which is currently killing more than covid?

office of national statistics show that more are dying of flu and pneumonia than covid – so why aren’t you upset at that -the flu vaccine is sometimes ineffective as they get the wrong strain or at best 50% effective

there is no need for any of this testing anymore – the covid virus has a 99.98% globally survival rate, 1 in three don’t even show symptoms and the vast majority of the rest barely even get close to flu like symptoms – a lot of government control for something that isn’t neccessary anymore

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