Latest figures from Public Health England show that there are no new confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight tonight (Saturday).
As of 09:00 on 21st March 2020, 5,018 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 233 patients have died nationally to date, including at least 4 elderly patients at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
On the Island, the number of confirmed cases holds strong at just 2. 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.
Earlier this week Ventnor Spiritualist Church reported that someone who was present at their Sunday service on 15th March had tested positive, however, the figures don’t reflect this. The church is now closed and those present on Sunday are self-isolating.
The Island has been hit hard by event cancellations and postponements this week including Walk the Wight, IoW Randonnee and Sandown Sprint. Local supermarkets are feeling the impact and schools are now closed for the majority of students. It was announced on Friday that all restaurants, pubs, gyms and similar establishments must close until further notice.
For the latest information on coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight visit https://www.islandecho.co.uk/category/coronavirus/.
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