The Coronavirus pandemic hit the shores of the UK in February 2020.

The first case was confirmed on the Isle of Wight on 7th March, with the second confirmed case a week later on the 14th.

The true number of people with the virus is expected to be much higher, but community-wide testing has not been carried out due to residents self-isolating.

Below are some articles relating to the Coronavirus (Covis-19/C19) outbreak.

The number of Isle of Wight Covid-19 Cases have just gone up considerably. Here’s why


The Isle of Wight numbers were expected to rise when data for home test kits and drive through testing was included, but some may be surprised by how much they have gone up

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 11:48pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

New Covid-19 testing data comes to light, explaining previous small rise in confirmed cases during App rollout

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If you were wondering why the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases did not increase much during the roll out of the Contact Tracing App - despite 1,765 people being notified via it - this is why.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 2:37pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

How the Covid-19 shielding guidance from the Government is changing next week

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If you have been shielding or know someone else who has, the guidance from Government is due to change from next week. News OnTheWight have the detail within

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

What is Pillar 2 Covid-19 testing and why do I need to know about it?

Covid-19 test tube

The Financial Times report that a lack of Pillar 2 testing data is hampering the efforts of local authority leaders to manage new Covid-19 outbreaks. News OnTheWight asked the IW council about it

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 4:40pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Cost of Contact Tracing App and how many users notified finally revealed

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In response to written questions about the Contact Tracing App, Lord Bethell was able to give development costs and the number of people who'd been notified via it

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 1:44pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Re-introduction of some Isle of Wight ferry services welcomed by council leader

Dave Stewart

The Isle of Wight council leader says the reinstatement of some ferries demonstrates confidence that the Island is re-opening and ready to welcome visitors back to support our local businesses

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 10:35am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Delay in Government advice for Registrars could mean further disappointment for junior doctor’s wedding (updated)

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After the previous postponement, this Saturday is the last when junior doctor Emily and her three bridesmaids (also doctors) will be off work together for many months

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 9:56am

By Sally Perry

BBC News appearance for Chair of Ryde Business Association, to talk about impact of a second lockdown

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Zoe Thompson, who is also co-owner of skateboarding brand Wight Trash, is due to appear on BBC news on Wednesday morning

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 4:47pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight residents can reduce risk of Covid-19 outbreaks by taking sensible precautions, says IW Director of Public Health

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Simon Bryant, the Isle of Wight's Director of Public Health, says the pandemic is not over, so it's the right approach for the Island to have a local outbreak control plan

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 12:33pm

By IW Council Press Office with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight forecast as high risk Coronavirus ‘pressure point’ – Oxford University research reveals (updated)

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The data measured for the risk maps include things such as age, social deprivation, population density, ethnicity and hospital resources. Details within

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 11:35am

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge to go fully contactless for payments from next week

Contactless payments on floating bridge

Ian Ward says being able to use contactless payments on the Cowes Floating Bridge will make it faster and easier to pay and reduce health risks of handling cash

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 8:51am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Post Office to extend opening hours

ventnor post office

The sub-Post Office has been operating with reduced hours for the last ten weeks, but will be extending them from next weekend. Details within

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 8:08am

By Sally Perry