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.

Online shop coming soon as Mountbatten temporarily closes high street shops

Ryde Mountbatten Shop

The loss of income from closing their shops will hit Mountbatten hard, at a time when they already know general fundraising streams will be significantly affected

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 12:35pm

By Matt White

Important news on how best to deal with your rubbish if you’re self-isolating (updated)

Waste collection operator

If anyone in your household is self-isolating because of coronavirus, the council has just issued this new guidance on how best to deal with your rubbish to reduce it spreading and to protect waste collection staff.

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 11:58am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Reduced timetable on Wightlink from today as they bring essential supplies, support NHS and emergency services

wight light wightlink ferry

Changes to the timetables are in place as bringing essential supplies to the Island and supporting the NHS and emergency services become Wightlink's key priorities

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 11:53am

By Louise Lea with one comment

Red Funnel detail changes to services, citing reduced demand and Gov guidance, but increasing freight

Red Jet 6 off Cowes

Red Jet changing to hourly. Car ferry not switching to Summer timetable. Extra freight crossings. All details within

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 11:31am

By Enya Lumley

Isle of Wight school provision for Coronavirus key workers now in place

school children writing

Parents are being called on to be responsible and only take up a school place if they are in the categories that the government has defined

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 10:10am

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight company innovates to protect NHS staff from Coronavirus

black art graphics staff modelling the face masks

Isle of Wight business is offering to turn usual business machinery to produce equipment to protect NHS staff from Coronavirus. You can donate to help

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 9:36am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP issues guidance to recent Island visitors

Bob Seely arrives

The Isle of Wight MP issues six points of guidance for visitors to the Island during the Coronavirus outbreak

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 9:15am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Coronavirus News Updates – 23 Mar 2020

wash your hands poster

You'll be able to find all our Coronavirus-related articles here today - the page will automatically update as we add new items.

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 8:19am

By Sally Perry

Government says don’t use second homes for isolation purposes (updated)

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The Government are citing extra pressures on communities and services already at risk

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 8:12am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

How to help neighbours during Coronavirus outbreak: A guide

wash your hands graffiti

If you want to help your neighbours who may not be able to get out during the Coronavirus outbreak, here's some helpful advice on setting up a neighbourhood help group

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 8:34pm

By Anonymous with one comment

East Cowes Crafters create Mothering Sunday display (but keep their distance)

East Cowes Crafters - Mothering Sunday Display

When viewing this amazing display of crafts and art please remember to keep your distance from one another

Saturday, 21st March, 2020 2:04pm

By Karl Love with 3 readers' comments

Letter: How are the super rich utility companies going to help during Coronavirus outbreak?

electricity pylons

This reader asks what help will be given by the ‘super rich’ utility companies to the families who are already in dire straits

Saturday, 21st March, 2020 10:25am

By Tony Griffiths with 8 readers' comments