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.

Bob Seely spoke in favour of regular Covid-19 testing for NHS staff but then voted against it. Here’s what he said when News OnTheWight asked him why

bob seely and chris heaton harris

After Islanders were confused why Bob Seely said he wants regular Covid-19 testing for NHS staff, then voted against it the same day, News OnTheWight got in touch to find out why. Here’s his reply

Monday, 29th June, 2020 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP asks ferry company to resume all cross-Solent services – but booking are already being taken

Keith Greenfield CEO Wightlink Ferries

Seely has written to Wightlink’s Chief Executive, keen to see the resumption of sailings on all cross-Solent routes - which includes the FastCat and the Yarmouth ferry service

Monday, 29th June, 2020 6:30pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Boost for Coronavirus Support Hub volunteers, as Royal letter of thanks arrives

Sophie and Edward letter to West Wight Coronavirus Hub

The West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub have been working flat out for months supporting hundreds of people in the community during the Coronavirus lockdown

Monday, 29th June, 2020 3:23pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Red Jet returns to service, but with reduced timetable

Red Jet Service leaving Southampton with Ferry in the background

The high speed service between Cowes and Southampton has returned today (Monday) with certain restrictions in place to meet Government social distancing guidelines. Details within

Monday, 29th June, 2020 10:34am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Ministers urge councils to keep public toilets open and avoid excessive restrictions at the tip

black bag rubbish on the street

Guidance has been published by the Government to help councils make decisions in relation to keeping public toilets open and avoid tight restrictions at the tip

Monday, 29th June, 2020 8:40am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight NHS staff and care workers thanked for remarkable work during Covid-19 outbreak

bob seely in parliament

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, highlighted and praised the work of NHS staff and care workers during the health debate on Wednesday

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 12:11pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Visit Isle of Wight hold information sessions for tourism providers in light of easing of lockdown measures

Information sessions poster

Visit Isle of Wight and Isle of Wight Council invite local tourism businesses to a series of seminars to help the local economy recover

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 9:48am

By Simon Clark

Small rise in the number of Isle of Wight Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 test tube

The number of lab-confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on the Isle of Wight has risen, as the UK figure reaches 306,862

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 9:34am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Letter: Assume everyone is someone who could die from Covid-19

spread of the virus - stay at home - United Nations

As lockdown measures are 'eased', this reader with a serious health condition believes that thoughtlessness through not properly social distancing could kill now more than ever

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 3:41pm

By Anonymous with 39 readers' comments

Working with businesses to ensure we are able to ‘save our summer’, says Isle of Wight council leader

Will Myles MD Visit Isle of Wight outside Quay Arts Centre

Dave Stewart says he hopes the Prime Minister's announcement marks a turning point for Isle of Wight businesses

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 10:02pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

Major changes in Government Coronavirus advice on social distancing just released (updated)

better days are coming poster

The lockdown rules have see some major changes today for households and businesses. Details within

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 1:41pm

By The Office of 10 Downing Street with 3 readers' comments

No new Isle of Wight Coronavirus deaths for one week in June

hospital bed

Between 5th and 12th of June no new deaths were registered on the Isle of Wight where Covid-19 was mentioned on a death certificate

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 11:13am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter