Coronavirus

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.

Official count of Isle of Wight residents who have died after testing positive for Coronavirus (updated)

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As more deaths are recorded, our thoughts are with all the families and friends, as well as the NHS staff who are working hard to help save lives

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 2:26pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council given £9m from Government to cope with Coronavirus crisis

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Despite more than £9 million sent to help the Isle of Wight, the Government minister said he will keep under review whether more money is needed and if so, will bring it forward

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 10:21am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App: What is it and how it would work on the Isle of Wight

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If the Isle of Wight got the NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App, how would it work, what will it mean and why do they say it is needed? News OnTheWight seeks answers for you

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 10:08am

By Simon Perry with 24 readers' comments

Sandown artist’s tribute to Captain Tom Moore – from heartfelt claps to 100 laps

Michelle Marsh - Captain Tom Moore painting

A fitting tribute to the WWII Veteran who walked 100 lengths of his garden to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities, but ended up raising almost £30m

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 9:05am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight will be UK’s first full-scale Coronavirus Test and Trace area claims Telegraph (updated)

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Last week OnTheWight interviewed Dave Stewart about the potential for the Isle of Wight being first UK area to have large-scale Coronavirus Test and Trace. Last night The Telegraph claimed they’d seen an NHS document confirming it.

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 8:09am

By Sally Perry with 43 readers' comments

Coronavirus: How long does it survive on different surfaces?

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Want to know how long Coronavirus is thought to survive on different surfaces? OnTheWight has gathered information from trusted sources

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 5:48pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Covid-19 deaths outside hospital setting: New figures

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The public say they have found the lack of detail in daily death figures due to Covid-19 frustrating, so these new weekly figures may be able to provide a little more insight

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 4:56pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

GKN Isle of Wight furlough around a quarter of staff

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The furloughed staff are expected to be redeployed on ventilator production in the coming days and weeks

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 3:23pm

By Sally Perry

The Great Indoors: Ventnor Exchange launch photographic project to document Coronavirus confinement

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Your photos could be abstract, conceptual, portraits, documentary or even selfies, the only rule is that the photos must be taken from inside your home and respond to the title ‘The Great Indoors’

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 2:34pm

By Sally Perry

Rise in official number of Isle of Wight lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases

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The Isle of Wight sees another rise in the number of lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases

Monday, 27th April, 2020 9:09pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Share your children’s uplifting artwork so ferry company can display for key workers

Dave Grace fixing children's paintings to the car deck on Wightlink's Victoria of Wight

In just a few days 60 pictures were received and are now proudly displayed on vehicle decks of Wightlink’s ferries

Monday, 27th April, 2020 5:31pm

By Louise Lea

Isle of Wight MP says he intends to fight for B&B owners hit by Coronavirus lockdown

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Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, says he intends to do all he can to help Island B&B owners affected by Coronavirus lockdown

Monday, 27th April, 2020 5:02pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments