Official confirmed Isle of Wight Coronavirus cases rises to three – but third lowest in UK

The number of official confirmed cases on the Isle of Wight have thankfully been very slow to rise. Even getting to three, the Island is the third lowest in the UK.

coronavirus test being carried out by lab technician

The latest figures from the Government show that there is a fourth confirmed case of Coronavirus (Covid10) on the Isle of Wight.

Seventeen days since the first patient testing positive for Covid19 was confirmed and ten days since the second (which was later reallocated to another local authority), and a week since the third case.

There are a total of 8,077 confirmed cases in the UK and the Isle of Wight is still the third lowest in the country, sitting just above Blackburn and Kingston Upon Hull.

Anecdotally, on social media, many Islanders have reported self-isolating with symptoms of the virus, but only those needing hospital treatment are being tested at present.

Community testing
The Health Minister said that this would change in the near future and more testing would be carried out in the community.

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict lockdown for the nation.

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The Government has decided that the NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

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Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 8:35pm



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14 Comments on "Official confirmed Isle of Wight Coronavirus cases rises to three – but third lowest in UK"

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People have been saying for days now that ferry travel should be exclusively for food and fuel supplies, medical staff and patients needing treatment on the mainland only. We will come to regret that this has not been implemented. By the time access to and from the island is tightly restricted, like other islands have around the UK, it will be too late.


“The number of official confirmed cases on the Isle of Wight have thankfully been very slow to rise. Even getting to three, the Island is the third lowest in the UK.”

Let’s keep it that way


All the advice coming from the countries where the virus is running out of control, is to act quickly.

Could the IW act any slower? It’s pathetic!


Soon change judging by amount of second homers back here from London and especially round Seaview and Bembridge, its like August has come early. AVOID these towns.

Absolute disgrace, selfish, ignorant people no thought at all for the residents here and their protection. Blame must surely go to our MP Bob Seely and this absolutely useless Tory Council led (in loose terms) by Dave Stewart who have done nothing to protect us from those ferry companies bringing them all over, shame on all of them. Also from evidence in our own village with second… Read more »
Angela Hewitt

This is dangerous information. Three confirmed cases yes but what about all of those unconfirmed cases. Testing is not being done. There are thousands walking around with the virus who possibly don’t know because they are suffering from it mildly. This is why it is spreading and infecting the vulnerable. Stick to the Government rules.


It’s spreading because for 5 days after infection, you get no symptoms…

Rhos yr Alarch

Portsmouth has risen from 3 to 29 known cases since Thursday, so things can change quickly, I’m afraid…

Rhos yr Alarch

I think it is more accurate to say it is equal-third lowest of those areas which have known cases. Four areas have had no cases as yet, three of them other islands and the fourth Rutland. Four other areas each have three known cases.


IOM is in total lockdown. Residents only movements allowed. IOW can do the same.!!!


Can everyone, including the mass media, please bear in mind that the virus can kill people of all ages, not just “old & vulnerables” like me?


Eight confirmed cases now.


Perhaps those who repeatedly call for a fixed link will now reflect on how much worse this current threat (and everything else) will be if they get their way! (The ferry companies could be a bit kinder to residents & that should stop fixed-link mania in its tracks!)

On the other hand, should we run out of HD Beds perhaps a fixed link would enable rapid transfers to the big Island and better options to travel to Hospitals further inland. With the amount of Holiday home owners turning up I doubt the fixed link would make a difference either way AND I assume any link would be able to close if required, unlike our ferry… Read more »