A leap in the number of official number of confirmed Isle of Wight Covid-19 cases

Yesterday the NHS Trust CEO said the number of people being treated in the hospital is still in single figures. That may change with this latest increase, but they are well-prepared

st mary's hospital

The official number of confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on the Isle of Wight has risen from 58 to 67 in the last 24 hours.

Anecdotally there are many more cases of Coronavirus in the community – including in care homes – with Island residents who are showing symptoms self-isolating. Only those attending the hospital are currently being tested and counted.

15 people have recovered
As of 16th April, 15 people admitted to St Mary’s Hospital to have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and been discharged.

A total of 13 people have sadly died after being tested for Covid-19

A breakdown of national figures can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard.

Residents continue to be urged to remain at home in order to stay safe and help the NHS save lives.

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Image: © Bob Seely

Saturday, 18th April, 2020 4:39pm


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14 Comments on "A leap in the number of official number of confirmed Isle of Wight Covid-19 cases"

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Does anyone know if cases are being traced back. With so few cases surely its still possible to stop it in its tracks on the Island.

Makes sense but with the absence of testing for the wider population (and who knows when this will happen) we don’t know how many are or have self-isolated in the community already. We shouldn’t be in this terrible position with over 15,000 dead & rising as the Tory Government knew in early January what was about to descend on the UK, yet didn’t prepare adequately, if at… Read more »

Well you obviously knew more that the scientific advisers who kept the threat level at “low” till mid March and changed their advice based on data from Italy. What do you think the response would have been if Boris had ordered the largest ever peace time restrictions and when asked, said it wasn’t in line with scientific advice?

Steve Goodman

It’s because not all scientific advice is the same at the same time we’re supposed to apply the precautionary principle for the safest outcome.

From today’s news:

“Govt ‘lost a crucial five weeks’ to tackle threat of COVID-19.

According to The Sunday Times, the UK lost a crucial five weeks despite being in a perilously poor state of preparation…”


“Low till mid March” they got it wrong then big time! Didn’t say to lock down in January but ‘common sense’ preparation was key and they failed miserably even giving away huge numbers of valuable PPE to China! Incidentally Boris missed five consecutive Covid-19 emergency Cobra meetings say no more, clearly not top of his agenda either!

Sounds like you need to catch up on some reading!

Steve Goodman
‘Well the government obviously knew more than the advisers who in October 2016 helped them stage a major simulation exercise which found the NHS would not cope in the face of a flu pandemic.’ Phillip Lee, who was a Conservative minister at the time of the exercise, said it had a very sobering impact on government. “We knew we were not prepared for a pandemic from the… Read more »
There are not just ‚a few cases‘ … nobody is tested asides the 2-3% severe cases needing hospital admission. And most other figures nationwide or for other countries are not really reliable as well as these do not include asymptomatic spreaders or mild to moderate cases self isolating at home … they do not get tested or hardly get tested. In the UK only about 7300 per… Read more »

Am I missing something? The NHS Trust CEO states above “number of people being treated in the hospital is still in single figures”. If previously there were 58 cases with 13 who had sadly passed away and 15 recovered then doesn’t that make 30 still being treated in hospital? Now 39 with cases rising to 67. Surely we have been in ‘double figures’ for some weeks?


I wondered that too. Who’s telling porkies ?


Does not necessarily mean they were all in hospital because of COVID-19. Possibly because of other causes and the COVID-19 situation did not need medical attention, was identified by accident due to symptoms, but as stable they were able to go home into home quarantine.


No real surprise when I see Island building firms still working without keeping distances between them, and often on Second homes in Seaview, hardly essential work. Greed at the cost of lifes.


Congratulations temperance getting a dig at second home owners (people who contribute to the iow economy) and builders (trying to keep head above water maybe?)


Absolutely right tradesmen working on large second home property in our village in South Wight no social distancing.