Isle of Wight man in his 50s who tested positive for Coronavirus passes away

The man had underlying health conditions and sadly passed away after testing positive for Coronavirus. Our thoughts are with family and friends

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An eighth person on the Isle of Wight who tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) has died, say the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Alistair Flowerdew, Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at St Mary’s Hospital and had tested positive for COVID-19 has died.

“The gentleman was in his 50s and had underlying health conditions.

“His family has been informed and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

Official figures
The latest official figures for Isle of Wight NHS Trust patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus is 41.

Anecdotally there are many more cases of Coronavirus in the community, with residents showing symptoms and self-isolating. Only those requiring hospital treatment are currently being tested.

As of 9th April, nine people admitted to St Mary’s Hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 had recovered and been discharged.

Gearing up for increase in cases
Last weekend the Scots Guards arrived on the Island to help with the reconfiguration of St Mary’s Hospital.

Maggie Oldham, the CEO of Isle of Wight NHS Trust recently stated,

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

Our thoughts are with family and friends.

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

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Friday, 10th April, 2020 4:03pm



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Last night during the COVID-19 News briefing we were treated to a glimpse of the truth from Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who said rather than the rolling out PPE every three days it was being upped to every day. Every three days!? Do you mean for weeks they haven’t been rolling it out EVERY DAY? We know after the 2016 flu pandemic exercise, Cygnos, Simon Stevens and… Read more »
It is worse than you think, Drills and Table top exercises have taken place for well over a decade in ‘preparedness’ for a corona virus pandemic. Take for instance the Rockefeller Foundation document ‘Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development’ published in 2010 (a decade ago) on page 18 the scenario containment of a pandemic titled “LOCK STEP’ where in one paragraph it says “The… Read more »
Steve Goodman
In 1994 Laurie Garret warned in The Coming Plague that “While the human race battles itself, fighting over ever more crowded turf and scarcer resources, the advantage moves to the microbe’s court. They are our predators and they will be victorious if we do not learn how to live in a rational global village that affords the microbes few opportunities.” In 2004 the US Institute of Medicine… Read more »

The government knows full well it is very deep in the brown stuff, which is why it’s desperately now saying it is following the scientific advice after decades of precisely doing the opposite.

Our thoughts are with the families of all those who have died of this virus around the world and with all those who are suffering from it. You are right, Fenders, this country was ill prepared for this crisis, the government is putting frontline NHS staff at risk. And the reason for this is not so much ineptitude as cost-cutting. Successive governments, under Thatcher’s Neo-Liberalism, have been… Read more »

What you say is so true, but let’s be honest, it is nothing we do not all already know.

When this is over I think we will all very sadly revert to type, and vote for more of the same. The majority of the British public support the governments model which rewards personal greed and to hell with everyone else.

Steve Goodman

“This period will have taught us a lot. Many certainties and convictions will be swept away.” (French President Macron)

“There can be no return to normal, because normal was the problem in the first place”. (Hong Kong graffiti)

Barney McGrew

The impact on the deceased loved ones is extremely distressing. The death is unexpected, there is no time for “goodbyes” it can be distressing to view from a distance and there is the emotional shock. Funerals are sparse lonely barren services. Loved ones left in emotional limbo exhibiting guilt, “what ifs” ‘if only’ . Were storing up a lot of emotional problems for the future.

Steve Goodman

Deathbed goodbyes are often essentially variations of “I love you”, “Thank you”, and “I’m sorry”. Birth is a death sentence, and that death may be sudden and unexpected. Now seems to be a good time to remember that we needn’t stay quiet until it’s too late.

Did you go out and applaud health and care workers on Thursday? Good. They deserve it. Did you vote Tory in 2010, 2015, 2017, 2019, Did you vote for Brexit? If you did, WHY were you out there? You voted to strip 1000 critical care beds. You voted to deny nurses decent pay rises. You voted to spend money outsourcing rather than on care. You voted for… Read more »

Can anyone please explain to me why Sir Simon Stevens is head of our NHS?


Sir Simon Stevens was made head of the NHS to covertly bring about the privatisation of the ‘National Health Service’


How can this Govt pretend it is not following nazi-like policies of eugenics, when healthy “working age adults” who are diagnosed with degrees of autistic spectrum disorder, are being pressured to complete Do Not Resuscitate forms?