Confirmed Coronavirus cases jump to eight overnight: ‘Without doubt we will definitely see more cases in coming days, weeks and months’ says IW NHS CEO

Just because we are on an island doesn’t mean we are more protected than the Mainland

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Although the Government announced there were three currently confirmed cases Coronavirus (Covid-19/C19) on the Isle of Wight, there has been a sharp increase overnight.

The number of confirmed cases has increased to eight Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive, Maggie Oldham, told Isle of Wight Radio this morning.

She said,

“I can tell you without doubt we will definitely see more cases in the coming days, weeks and months.

“People are saying to me that they think living on the Island means we are more protected than the mainland and I want to emphasise that we are expecting to see a lot more cases in the coming days.”

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Source: IW Radio

Article edit
8:58pm 26th Mar 2020 – Changed typo in excerpt

Image: © Used with the kind permission of Auntie P

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 9:39am



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8 Comments on "Confirmed Coronavirus cases jump to eight overnight: ‘Without doubt we will definitely see more cases in coming days, weeks and months’ says IW NHS CEO"

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Indeed. And there are already many more cases on the Isle of Wight (some people whom I know) who most likely have it but have not been tested and told to self isolate. The government should have been testing since the beginning for several reasons, but one of which is so people would realise earlier how far this has already spread, and to stop spreading it. Stay… Read more »

I hope they all get through the other side okay. Before this crisis, 8 was the number of ICU beds we had on the whole island!


Just wondering if any of the new cases are from the mainland again, or even second home owners who seem to be arriving quite often. Perhaps there is an assumption that being a small Island we have a speedier service than the clogged up London Hospital trusts.


How can you give a thumbs down you must be second home owners and greedy parasites who don’t give a xxxx about anybody else. You are a disgrace

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Are our island NHS Staff who will be treating these patients fully protected with the very best PPE?


As long as we have an open door policy it will escalate.

Rhos yr Alarch
It is alarming that official figures still show three and are not being updated on national sites, unlike Portsmouth which now shows 33 known cases, Southampton 28 and Hampshire 251, the highest in the UK. An upated figure might persuade a few more people to change their ways. As a recognised “hospital desert” I suggest we need more rigorous social distancing measures than elsewhere, and if regulations… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

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