THIRD ISLANDER DIES FROM CORONAVIRUS CONFIRMS ISLE OF WIGHT NHS TRUST

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Another person has sadly died from coronavirus on the Isle of Wight, bringing the total number of deaths locally to 3, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed.

The victim is said to be a man in his 90s. He had underlying health conditions and was being treated at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

Alistair Flowerdew, Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has said this morning (Friday):

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“Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at St Mary’s Hospital and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.

“The patient, who died earlier this week, was in his 90s and had underlying health conditions.

“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

Official figures from Public Health England show that there are a total of 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight as of 2nd April March. As previously reported by Island Echo, it was announced on Saturday that 2 people had died on the Island last week. The total number of deaths locally now sits at 3.

It has been revealed that 5 people treated at St Mary’s Hospital, who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered and have been discharged.

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Bob Seely MP has said:

“I am very sorry to hear about the third death on the Isle of Wight. My thoughts are with the family and friends affected.

“I would like to thank the IOW NHS Trust who I know are working extraordinarily hard to care for those who have already tested positive for the virus, while ensuring the hospital is ready to care for any new admissions.

“What the Trust has done on the Island in such a short space of time is nothing short of remarkable. It has stopped all non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments and is restricting visiting to St Mary’s. It has moved the Community Unit to Ryde Health and Wellbeing Centre, which has freed up 25 beds on the main hospital site.

“Wards have been reconfigured to create Isolation Wards to treat patients confirmed as having Covid-19. The Intensive Care Unit has increased from six ventilated beds to 18 with plans to increase to 45. The Trust has also been working with military planners to deliver a further significant increase in additional beds at the St Mary’s site if needed and has also identified other potential sites if necessary.

“The Trust is well prepared to deal with more cases on the Island should they arise in the coming weeks as we reach the peak of cases on the Island.

“I would please urge all Islanders to behave in a considerate manner, by following the health guidelines, protecting the NHS and saving lives”.

 

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Colin shaw
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Terrible news. RIP
All stay safe and well, and for those selfish ones thinking it’s ok to go out and hang around ‘STAY IN’ !
You may have no respect or manners but for once, think of others !

Idiots hanging around shops, spitting on the floor. ?! No respect or care.
Bring back national service for these low life wasters.

It’s awful to think of people dying needlessly while some selfish idiots carry on as normal, using less congested roads as race tracks.
For those who have trouble getting it through their thick skulls, STAY IN, THINK OF OTHERS FOR ONCE AND PROTECT THE NHS.

Thank you all within the NHS.
These past years of government cuts to emergency services pay and funds for equipment are now sadly clear for all to see how poorly equipped this country truly is !
Yet government continue to receive pay rises 2 or 3 times a year.
Emergency services have been on their knees for too long while being told there’s no money and to make further cuts.
Basic PPE unavailable and now we as a country have to bid Greedy manufacturers overseas for equipment.
Sorry, rant over !

Roger Godwin
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Agree 100% On our normal daily dog walks. We now have never seen so many people out dog walking and others still striving vehicles to go walking. Always us g some form of excuse as to why they are driving to walk

none given
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@roger.. complaining about people dog walking, whilst out dog walking yourself is priceless

Christine hannam
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Smacks tiny little bit of hypocrisy!

Ferryphile
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Of course there are more people out walking, because more people are at home during the day.. They have the same rights as you to walk their dogs, or just get some exercise.

Dawn
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There could be many reasons they drive. Health Secretary Matt has now said people are allowed to drive a short way to exercise or walk their dogs in a quieter place. Bottom line really is keep your distance xx

Yuri
Yuri
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2 or 3 pay rises a year?? What’s your source for this bold claim?

John Miller
John Miller
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How do you know what people are doing out and about…….you out and about as well?

Michael Trew
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Chill out Colin

Betty S
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Very sad news, god bless. X

Nige
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Another sad loss our thoughts go out to the family………the island needs to be more stricter with this so called lock down so many people just seam to think it’s all a joke….in the last 3 days I’ve seen so many more cars on the road than last week

Bert
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RIP

Knighton
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So sad to reach that great age and then die so horribly from this vile disease.

Whilst a good age, hard for family who cannot be there as would happen in normal times. RiP

CHRIS BARBER
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So sad, rip! is it time to stop the ferries ? with more older ladies and gents on the island I fear the numbers will rise

none given
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no it is not time to stop the ferries – how does your food get over, how do those ensuring that your electric, gas, water, banking and payments, mail and sewage systems continue to operate travel, how do Nhs, Police and fire service personnel commute to work.

Have a think about it – wightlink have cancelled the yarmouth and ryde routes already due to no one travelling – Hovertravel is taking the few travellers on their services that wightlink were carrying (according to Hovertravel website), as well as shipping over medical supplies and Royal Mail. (I have seen medical supplies arriving and mail being shipped over on various occasions when I have used the Hover)

you want everyone to stay in, yet you want food, TV, internet, hot and cold running water, electric, gas, banking, mail and waste disposal to continue as normal. You cannot have it both ways.

Bernie Burns
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What an overreaction, doesn’t take a genius to figure out that ferry access should be kept only for those who need to use it (if you’re a delivery driver or whatever). Public access to and from the mainland should be removed temporarily. You need a good enough reason.

philip wheeler
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Stop the ferries? that means no critical workers coming or going, no food or medicine arriving. engage brain before your flippant comment

Opinions Matter
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Calm down Phillip Wheeler and None Given. Of course we would continue to receive ‘essential’ supplies including, food, medicine, mail, parcels etc etc and all our key workers would be able to travel utilising the ferries or passenger services. I’m sure Chris Barber’s comment was directed at ‘holiday makers/visitors’. A comment was posted on here by Pompey Pete who claimed there is a large sign at Wightlink Portsmouth (no clarification regarding Red Funnel Southampton) saying the Isle Of Wight is CLOSED TO VISITORS. And according to Bob Seeley, although the ports cannot ‘legally’ turn anyone away, they are doing a good job to ‘discourage’ people coming over. Lets really hope this is the case for all our sakes!!!! Stricter travel restrictions should have been in place ‘months’ ago……. these are my thoughts which I have posted many times on this site and I also wrote to our island MP Bob Seeley, voicing my concerns as did many other island residents. Stay indoors, stay safe….. I wish I could but I am a ‘key worker’.

Pompey Pete
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Can I just make it clear @Opinons Matter, that I never “claimed” there was a sign in a particular place, rather that there SHOULD be a sign at the mainland terminals stating that the Isle of Wight is closed until further notice. Nice to know someone took the trouble to read my comment though.

Dawn
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I do think they should stop ferries especially with Easter approaching xx

Martin
Martin
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Think first…

David Vaughan
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Can’t stop the ferries, need food and essentials brought over to the island, plus I’m a volunteer nhs worker that needs to get to mainland and there are many more going to and from the island.

Nige
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Protect our nhs we need them more than ever now they are doing fantastic job

WELL DONE TO THE NHS

Sarah
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Someone in government said yest its ok for person too drive car too a deserted spot too walk as obv posing no threat when noones around.no harm sat in your own car going too a quiet spot too exercise.i have no clear safe outside space near me and cant walk miles and have health issues but still need exercise so need too drive simply few min up road too go walk alone .no risk at all.many are yes still flouting of course.but for me personally i want to go walk away from crowds as do many.overstrict on that one .

Mark
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So sad.

Where is our MP Bob Seeley in all this, has he gone into stealth mode. No comments, no announcements from him about testing our NHS staff, what exactly is he doing now, today.

Mrs Bee
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Bob Seely is updating every day!

Mark
Mark
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Where? Not here……

A human being
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Mark, well he isn’t in his IOW holiday home

Stay at home
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Maybe he’s busy bringing back people from severely infected countries that have asked him to help them get back to the Island. I sincerely hope he just tells them to stay where they are until the crisis is over. Can’t believe these selfish determined to do as they like people have now got the nerve to ask to be helped to come back here, right now. Let them stay where they are until it is all over, if it ever is.

Amanda
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The Island so far saying 3 deaths due to the virus but obviously that is only the people who were hospitalised. Do we know exactly how many people have died on the Island who were not hospitalised? I think more people would take this more seriously if we knew how many in total as people are thinking we are at low risk as only 3 people have passed away.

Martin
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@ Amanda Gov. figures will now/soon include deaths that occur outside of hospital. Presumably only those that are covid 19 cause…

Mr justice
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This is very sad for all involved. But let me leave you with this thought. These are facts. Since jan 1st till march 24th 2020 16 000 people have died of cov19. The same time 110,000 people have died of the flu. It’s very sad when anyone dies,but let’s not forget the statistics.

Bernie Burns
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2% mortality rate vs 0.1% mortality rate, that’s just because many, many more people get the flu than coronavirus at the moment. Coronavirus is new, and twenty times more deadly than the flu.

Dave
Dave
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Not everyone been tested for covid. Covid is more contagious than the flu. Do you really think only 13 people on the iow have covid or that number higher?

Original Mark
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I would treat all statistics with caution.

Given that the total number of cases is not known because most will never be recorded it is not currently possible to make definitive statements about the mortality rate.

One thing that is known is that only serious cases are getting recorded which is artificially inflating the mortality rate.

The only thing you can only really say about the mortality rate is that it is definitely much lower than 2%.

none given
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also worth remembering that in the UK around 600,000 people die every year in total.

in the week ending march 20th 10,645 people died. That figure is no different from the normal rates seen in this country.

covid has apparently claimed 2961 people in about 3 weeks. That equates to about 9% out of the weekly total of 10,645.

in 2018 616,014 died in the UK, which is 11,813 a week – higher than what we are seeing now.

we will be able to ascertain the impact of covid on the death rate in this country sometime in may, as all the data filters through to the ONS.

Mr Exponential
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Since March 24 until April 2nd, another 40000 have died from Covid19.

On april 1st, nearly 6K people died of covid 19.

That’s what exponential death is. On average in the world, 32k people will die from flu in April. We are less than 3 days in, and already over 12000 have died from covid19.

none given
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if you are going to talk about global figures – about 15 million people have died in total this year so far, for all different reasons – covid is a minute fraction of that total.

regarding flu v covid – althouth largely pointless as covid is from a different family of viruses to flu…

COVID-19: Approximately 53,975 deaths reported worldwide; 6,058 deaths in the U.S., as of Apr. 3, 2020.

Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.

WoW
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Virus contracted at the hospital, saids a lot about the standard of hygeine at this hospital again and proves that covid-19 procedures if sufficiently implemented aren’t working.

RIP to the poor gentleman who passed away.

Martin
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@WoW It doesn’t ACTUALLY say he contracted whilst he was in hospital.
“Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at St Mary’s Hospital AND had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.

Smithy
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Well done for supporting our nhs! I’d like to see you doing their job at this time.It wasn’t contracted at the hospital. Read the article

Mr Exponential
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Death rates lag at least 21 days from infection. So the actions that have been taken so far, won’t be felt in terms of deaths, for about another week, probably a bit more. In that time, more and more will be hospitalised and die.

Alan
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You should read articles before you comment WoW or are you a troll and just get a kick out of moaning?

Zoe
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Thoughts are with his family at this time Such sad news that this virus has taken over the world but there is also positive in this news of 5 people recovered from this virus so let’s not forget St Mary’s are doing there best to help people x

JHVF
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OK to use a car for a short distance. That’s like ‘ how long is a piece of string’ Give em an inch and they’ll take a mile.
‘No risk’ someone said, trouble is, there is always a risk from the moment the vehicle moves. next thing you know people will be driving to the golf club ‘for exercise’ !!

Red
Red
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Wait till this weekend.
Good weather, people boxed up for a few days going crazy.
The roads, parks, public places will be packed.
As a species, we are self centred. … “not my problem mate”.
Oh but it is your problem, and every single one of us. If it was raining we wouldn’t do it. For everyone’s sake stay in.
It’s not that hard

Smithy
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It won’t be open! Use common sense. If you live in the middle of a town it’s not a huge issue to want to walk somewhere quiet

Knighton
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The LENGTH of journey in a private car makes NO difference to infecting others.

It is what you do when you reach your destination which will.

IF you keep away from people then no risker than sat a few yards from neighbours.

BUT it isn’t about that.

The police are afraid of looting, theft, drug dealing etc becoming an epidemic, and by forcing people to stay and die in their homes, their life is easier.

Luckily the masses for the greater part HERE are subservient, they will have a different type of mind set in inner cities, and troops should be on standby to shoot to kill, for they are high risk areas of looting, stabbing, rape, shooting, and burning of properties.

Hardly compares with some little scrout in an old Beemer selling a ‘bit of gear’ from his social housing loft or teacher’s garage.

none given
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looting and thieving will happen anyway and the first signs of a decent backlash against the government dictating what free people are to do, will spread faster than the fear over this virus did, via the media.

One little fire somewhere in a city and a few bricks thrown at police for trying to stop a party and we will have full scale ignoring of the lockdown within a week or two -the police and government rely on the goodwill of people -without that, they have nothing – there aren’t enough police etc or cells to arrest a city and they know it.

The people are in control here and the restrictions had better be lifted before people decide they have had enough – wall to wall chaos is not far away.

Wighty
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Adding to this where do u go if u crash your car accidents do happen so not only are putting yourselfs at risk your putting the fire brigade the police the road recovery guys and more strain on the NHS none essential travel means none essential

Knighton
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Less likely as most are likely missing their last Spring on Earth hiding at home, so accidents are less likely now than ever.

As we have to ‘come out’ somewhen, as clearly the cure will not be found for around two years by the time it is given to all the planet, I am not sitting in for that long, so NOW is the best time to catch it IF you are going to anyway, for later they won’t be able to treat you even if they could.

Smithy
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You’re one of the ignorant selfish ones. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect anyone you love. Somehow I doubt you have any from your me me comments

Steve-0
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Actually more likely to have and need hospital treatment from a mishap at home then driving anywhere, 41% at home, 25% leisure activates and 15% on roads. Just saying!!!!

Mr justice
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People please just stop, look and think! The hospital is doing a great job, we all agree on that one. This virus transmitted very easy,yes, 90% of us will have mild symptoms and recover,not my words,the government that most seem to believe (why?) But they seem to be telling the truth about that bit . Now ,as soon as someone dies,the media go crazy, and put fear into everyone! 450 people die ever day from cancer in the uk. Look,just keep the people at risk safe. Why does this mean,shut the world down? Dont think you people are ready for what’s to come out of this, just let me say,the first thing will be forced vaccination program. I hope I’m wrong and all you doubters are right. Let’s see.

Smithy
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Scaremonger

ron
ron
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Considering the risk to old people i cannot believe how many are out in Shanklin high street just standing within
a foot of each other talking. I have now entered the Co-op at Shanklin for some shopping. An old couple approach me
then stand a foot away again asking me where a certain product is. I ask them to stand back which then causes them to get
the hump.Walking down the rows of food the old people are still standing close to each other talking and then
removing items off the shelves and putting them back again.
I have now lost sympathy with the elderly it shows you can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink!!

Mr justice
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Lol.why do you think the old have that attitude? Perhaps they have seen right through all this,and have been around long enough and see enough b.s from governments in the past. Yes they are old yes they may die, most of them probably wont.

Tom
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It is disrespectful to use this terrible news as an excuse to attack people in your community. Please leave it to other articles.

The irony of what I just said is not lost on me.

R.I.P

Reika Kitami
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“Protect the NHS”
If we privatised the NHS years ago people would have health insurance and their own first come, first served system sorted.
But no, Labour has to sully everything it touches with its dirty USSR esque claws…

Paul V
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Seems to me there sure is a lot of hatred being generated out there – another sad consequence of this disease.

Lorraine Starkey
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Hatred is just being used as a vehicle I’m afraid. The haters are the same intolerant people who abuse staff in supermarkets etc and become aggressive and unreasonable in queues when others get on with it. They are the football hooligans, racists etc, who think it’s absolutely fine to behave in such a manner. Hatred will always raise its ugly and unwelcome head. Let us all strive to rise above above such sad time wasters.

Nic
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Like I’ve mentioned before, we all know what we are supposed to do. Those that don’t are IGNORANT and will give this virus a chance to survive an thrive.
What chance would we all have if it was a 90% killer? As the clock is ticking, NO CHANCE!
The ferries should have been closed to public alot sooner (obviously unless good reason) prevention rather than cure!
Next time a corona virus jumps from bat pangolin or whatever it was, to us.
Will we have a rock solid hard core plan in place..? I don’t have much faith.

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