A third person on the Isle of Wight has tested positive for coronavirus, it has been announced tonight (Tuesday).
The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that whole families should self isolate for 2 weeks if anyone in the household shows symptoms of COVID-19.
The Island was hit hard by event cancellations and postponements today including Walk the Wight, IoW Randonnee and Sandown Sprint. Local supermarkets are being hit hard by panic buying with Tesco Ryde now closing overnight to help staff replenish stock.
For the latest information on coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight visit https://www.islandecho.co.uk/category/coronavirus/.
It has not been revealed who the 3 individuals are, where they live on the Island or where they have been. It is thought that 1 person has been transferred off the Island, reducing the number of cases locally from 3 to 2 for ‘administrative’ reasons.
As of 09:00 on 17th March 2020, 1,950 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 71 patients have died nationally to date, including a patient from Southampton General Hospital.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a cough
- shortness of breath
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.
If you are worried that you might have coronavirus
- Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people, especially older or vulnerable people
- Call NHS 111 or use the online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – you will be asked questions and given advice
- You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or St Mary’s Hospital without checking with NHS 111
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean