RISE IN NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight has risen from 11 to 13 today (Tuesday), according to official statistics.

Despite there being just 13 cases locally, 2 people have sadly died at St Mary’s Hospital. Although the number of confirmed cases is low, it doesn’t mean that there are not other cases within the community with individuals self-isolating and recovery at home without being tested.

Patients admitted to hospital are currently being treated in an isolation ward with the NHS using the as-was stroke unit for such purposes. Island Echo understands that the Laidlaw building is also being cleared to be used as an additional area.

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As of 09:00 on 31st March 2020, 25,150 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 1,789 patients have died nationally to date, including 2 men on the Isle of Wight.

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

 Do
  • 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
 Don’t
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

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Islander
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Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for all those currently in hospital and for those doing the right thing and self isolating.
Stay safe and keep to the rules everyone and well get back to normal sooner rather than later.
And to those blatantly ignoring the rules I just hope none of your loved ones contract this devastating virus, because you are blatantly ignorant to anyone else getting it.

I Care
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I don’t do social media. And I chose the media I absorb carefully. I think, and that’s my opinion only, that we should all follow the scientific, evidenced based data right now. Because that’s the only truth we have. Factual information is the only way to deal with how we are all feeling. Anxious and afraid. Which can lead to foolishness. The government give us advice for the mass’s. Time to be personally responsible. This nasty virus will be around for a long time. As will climate change. Economic downfall. And global recession. It’s right hard now, not to be scared. But it is right to be mindful, informed and not listen to the garbage that scares us. It’s a Pandemic. Global. And folk will die. Watch the scientific response. And there data. We are all gonna lose people we know and love. It’s not useful when opinions out way the factual status of a global situation.
Whoever reads this. Be mindful and informed ❤️ Stay Well ❤️

Hugh
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If you are going to write an epistle, then try to get the spelling correct.
Their not ‘ there’.
There’s no such word as ‘gonna’
And it’s ‘outweigh’

I Care
I Care
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Thanks for correcting me Hugh. I feel much better.

Clare
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Why don’t you shut up Mr Bloody Perfect!!!

I Care
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Thank you for correcting me Hugh. I feel much better. From the amount of likes you’ve had to your comment, you’ve made a lot of other folk feel better too

KEV
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Hugh, The message is honourable and heart felt, and the best you can do is comment on the spelling mistakes, I hope you are perfect and not given a public dressing down for your mistakes in the future.

On this occasion I have given you a public dressing down for your far bigger mistake of criticising I Care for not being perfect.
The message is far more worthy in its content, than yours.

KEV
KEV
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I Care, well said, take heart from the positive thumbs up, you are wise to avoid social media.
Your message is relevant and correct.
May I wish you and those close to you good health and stay well, especially at this time.

I Care
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Thank you Kev. My very best wishes to everyone we know and love ❤️ Just a bit of a shame my state education let me down

Johnny c
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Don’t forget mask,gloves and eye protection

worried
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Further to my comment on another thread here yesterday, about how I tried to go out to the shop on Monday but had to come back as so many people everywhere, I had to brave it yesterday to go to co op in Ryde, and again, it seemed just like a normal day, you’d hardly have thought there were restrictions in place. Quite a few occasions when stupid ignorant people nearly collided with me and then looked at me like they wondered what my problem was when I looked alarmed and tried to move away quickly, (not easy for me at best of times, but especially now with my bad back) The worst time was some thuggish looking type coming fast round a corner talking on his mobile phone, nearly barged right into me, by the time I got back I felt so stressed and anxious.
For everyone who is strictly observing the distancing rules, many are not and just ignorantly going on as usual, with no thought to anyone except themselves.

Gordon Parker
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Sadly there shouldn’t have been any cases on a small island, if the authorities had locked it down from movements onto the island early enough.

john
john
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As a keyworker myself i have been told we have to stop open to service the keyworker for parts for there cars. if we get sick we only get SSP unlike the furlong workers getting 80% of there wage.
What has really annoyed me is people out and about treating this as a holiday spreading the virus. They are leaving the house to go TRY pick up car shampoo and non essential parts putting me and my colleague’s in danger this was one instance from about 50 we have had this week some trying to flout the keyworker rule others just chancing there arm.
DO US ALL A FAVOUR SIT AT HOME IN YOUR GARDEN AS ITS SUNNY protect my life and may others that have to work.

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