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32 – that is the official number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Isle of Wight, according to Public Health England figures released this afternoon (Sunday).

A total of 7 cases have been confirmed since yesterday with one of the youngest affected Islanders being just 26-years-old.

The news comes as the British Army begin work to transform 3 buildings at the St Mary’s Hospital site in Newport into fully functioning wards, increasing bed capacity by 200.

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Nationally, the number of people who have tested positive stands at 47,806. There have been 4,934 deaths including 4 here on the Island.

As reported by Island Echo, 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:

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

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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

This afternoon, Sunday, just looking out of my door, shocked by how many people out and about, groups of kids out for the day, cars going past constantly. Both sets of scummy neighbours out for the day, one lot in their car, the scummy ones joined on out somewhere on foot, at least I’m not having to be forced to listen to their noise and breathing in their cannabis fumes coming through the walls. On Thursday, having to go out to shop, I saw three idiots come out of a house, one of them threw his arms round one of… Read more »

David Nelson

Unfortunately they aren’t the type to contact it!


The virus would die if it contracted bugs from them! Oh my goodness! I think a cure may be found!


But we can live in hope


And the way life seems to unfairly pan out,these are the sorts who will very likely escape it all whilst laughingly being part of the bigger problem……and they won’t care one jot.
I fear for the future and not just because of a virus…..

(Maybe their “scummy” lifestyles somehow make them all immune to whatever affects the rest of us!!)

mr justice

Society has only got it self to blame. All the do gooders, he didn’t mean it, he came from a broken home,etc etc. And it’s no good all you people out there saying, put them in the army that will sort them out! Wrong! The army,isn’t the army it once was, they have softened that. Just like prisons. When people can stomach real hard punishment for wrong doing ,then things will get done.


I could hear people up and down my road talking and laughing yesterday evening.

Not sure if it’s lack of education or just plain ignorance.

Stay at home

Now next day, Monday, just went out into path to water plants, another constant stream of people going to and fro past my gateway. It is busier than it is on some days before any of this happened. Cars continually driving past, they can;t all be driven by people going to work or doing something essential. There is hardly a lull, not one minute goes by without a car driving past, I hear them constantly from my bedroom where I have to spend most of my time. Even when going for a short walk in the evening last night after… Read more »

Stay at home

And then last night, waited until after dark to walk round the block and again people everywhere. Four ‘respectable’ seeming people stopped in front of me in middle of pavement, all huddled together looking at something one of them was holding, I couldn’t cross to other side of road as two people walking hand in hand on other pavement and the pavements are so narrow you cannot maintain the 6ft distance even with just one person walking past, I had to wait for a lull in the traffic so I could walk past them all , in the middle of… Read more »

Stay at home

At risk of sounding repetitive, I am just so fed up now of the ignorance and stupidity and downright selfishness of people . Just now went downstairs, opened my front door to look outside, turned my head to look out my gate, expecting to see empty pavement, thought I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone go past at some time, (even on ‘normal’ days, you don’t always see someone the second you turn your head to look towards the pavement), but today, the second I glanced at the pavement, a bloke walked past, headphones on, head jiggling to whatever he… Read more »

A pawn in the game of life

Is it possible to confirm if this is 32 current cases or if it’s 32 including those that have died and/or those that have recovered? I think most people are confused about what cases are included in these statistics and if they are in addition to the dead and recovered.


The numbers are a continual count of those with confirmed infection, if 10 people die and 5 recover tonight, it will still be 32. They are confirmed cases (which means those that have had swabs).


A friend and colleague died today following a bout of C19 and so at least five have now passed away on the island. This is devastating.


So sad for you and for your friend/colleague’s family…xx I’m so sorry to read this and I so,so hope there truly won’t be too many more here on our Island but I suppose we have to be realistic in the light of all that is happening. We simply MUST be sensible,follow the government’s strong advice and take care of ourselves…..we can see from some reports that we just cannot trust all around us to care about the rest of us so be alert,aware,vigilant and wise. I realise Summer is upon us shortly but hey….we all want to be around to… Read more »


Are these just people in hospital being tested……or the outside of hospital as well?? Be good to know


I gather tests are only done on Hospital Patients and to work out how many people are carriers of the virus without knowing or only have a slight cold and can pass the virus on Medical statistics are saying multiply that number by 1.000

Mr Ryde

All the local Scummers sitting on the wall outside the coop on George St getting drunk and high not giving a ****! The absolute dregs of society..

Paul Smith

This sad news comes as no surprise seeing the grossly bad behavior we witnessed when we walked down to the front in Shanklin this afternoon. Many cars parked on the front despite the strict instructions not to drive and then walk. We could be Covid -19 free on the Island if if it wasn’t for the self-centered foolishness we all witness every day here and also in the local supermarkets and elsewhere. It’s time we named and shamed the people who clearly don’t care about the risk they pose to the vulnerable and don’t obey the Governments rules.


We should use them all for testing.,
I have zero sympathy for idiots like these. They flaunt the rules and enjoy themselves until they get sick, and probably seriously ill as they’re so unhealthy to begin with. Then the NHS are expected to safe their lives at the cost of their own, because it’s apparently what they signed up for! Judgement day is coming!


Maybe someone should open a social media account where photos of the antisocial can be posted.

Opinions Matter

It’s about time ALL outdoor exercise is banned, let’s hope they make this law soon. This is the only way these idiots are going to stop travelling in their cars to places they shouldn’t be visiting. Government in this country too slow, too soft, should have done this weeks ago. Are the police around to send these Muppets home?


There were just three or four cars on Shanklin seafront. I appreciate it might be better had they not been there but when you rant off your virtue-signalling about the drivers ignoring strict instructions perhaps you should ask yourself why YOU were there to see them when Matt Hancock said it was an instruction to stay inside for EVERYONE.
The head medical officers job in Scotland is free again if you wish to apply?
They have just got rid of one hypocrite.


Maybe he walked down to seafront for his daily exercise!

Opinions Matter

Sally, I was not there… response to your comment if it was directed at me. I am a key worker, I have to go to work, I would rather not. I stay at home as instructed thank you.


What I want to know is, are the authorities/police checking who these unfortunate people may have come into contact with and if these people are aware and self isolating ?

Johnny c

Come on everyone let’s see if we can hit ONE HUNDRED by this time next week,we should do it easily because all of you dummies that when out this weekend.


What is it going to take to make people of the Island to stop being morons and stay home.

Johnny c


Bus user

Sorry, but when I first saw your post it looked like you were saying “WE NEED MARSHMALLOW”. At least that was how it looked to me at first glance, I had to do a double take. But least made me smile.

But yes, we may need both if this goes on.

Bob Frapples

Rather than fining people just take them to the empty prison to self isolate, no questions asked,thrown in the back of the police van and away


All the youngsters not caring and sponging druggies will have a shock when they find out that all the people they infected and killed were the ones paying all the tax. End of their hand outs, infecting the hands that feed them.

All very sad

Reading most of the comments in this media outlet it proves to me that there are some serious mental health issues on the IOW.

Theresa Davies

The people who want out at the weekend should be ashamed! Most of us are sticking to the rules. By not doing so forces the government to extend lockdown. I haven’t seen my granddaughters since this started. I see them several times a week normally. I haven’t got home internet so can’t Skype. I can only ring them. It isn’t the same. But I stay away because its the right thing to do. I hope you can look in the mirror if one of your family catches this because I know I couldn’t. I would blame myself forever.


Apparently there are plenty of jobs in agriculture, fruit picking etc. Move the ones capable of doing the jobs to wherever in the country and give them a chance to do something constructive. The others, problem ones, lock them up. No one seems to have mentioned that many people are only one step away from being homeless because of the current situation. All you people making harsh comments and tarring them all with same brush must be pretty confident that you won’t lose your home…….there but for fortune.


One of the first things that the government did was to make evictions unlawful.

Stay at home

Didn’t the government say that all local authorities must house all rough sleepers so that no one is on the streets? Isn’t that why we have had this trouble in Sandown now? Because people who would probably prefer to be outside rough sleeping are now being forced to stay in a hotel ?

Mathew bradley

When you say confirmed cases could you define that.
Do you mean all cases are critical or are some cases been tested because of symptoms and could you explain what the testing involves ?were is the test kit from? and who manufactures it ? Also can you tell us how many have recovered.
You now say a 26 year old has contracted the virus ,how severe is he or she and do they have under lying health problems.
Your very good at leaving the specifics out.

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