Second Isle of Wight Coronavirus case confirmed (updated)

It’s been a week since the first case was confirmed

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The Isle of Wight’s second confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) case has now been disclosed.

It’s been a week since the first case was confirmed last Saturday.

The new case was revealed in the centrally-held figures of the UK Government.

No more details are available at this time.

The Government’s number of nationally confirmed figures now stands at 1,140.

A breakdown of national figures can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard.

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.

The Isle of Wight council later issued this following release. Ed

14 March 2020, 22:47

It has been confirmed on the government Website this evening (14 March) that a second Isle of Wight resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

Public Health England staff continue working with the Isle of Wight Council and NHS colleagues to manage the impact of the virus on the Island.  

Simon Bryant, the council’s director of public health, said:

“I’d like to reassure people that the council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure Islanders are protected.

“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed cases you do not need to take any action at this time.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

“If you have new symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started.

“It is really important that in order to protect others, you don’t go to your doctor, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

“There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and others online at

Measures for people to take
The government has continued to stress that the most important thing people can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

The government is also asking for anyone who shows certain symptoms (see below) to self-isolate for seven days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means you should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for seven days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are: a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) AND/OR a new, continuous cough.

People do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, you should contact NHS 111 online at

If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Local context
The Isle of Wight Council continues to adhere to government guidance, as issued by the NHS and Public Health England, and signpost people to the most up-to-date official sources of information and advice.

Article edit
10.41am 15th Mar 2020 – Press release from IWC added

Image: Ani Kolleshi under CC BY 2.0

Saturday, 14th March, 2020 8:25pm



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14 Comments on "Second Isle of Wight Coronavirus case confirmed (updated)"

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Steve Goodman
….” from Bergamo, Italy, at the heart of the coronavirus crisis. The news media in the US has not captured the severity of what is happening here. I am writing this post because each of you, today, not the government, not the school district, not the mayor, each individual citizen has the chance, today to take actions that will deter the Italian situation from becoming your own… Read more »
We are a small island, It is important to know a little more, like, was the person infected on the island? had they recently returned home from a holiday in an infected region like Italy? were they a regular commuter to the mainland? What area of the island do they reside in? Did the travel and mix with lots of people on the island before they realised… Read more »

100% agree. It will help those nearby take extra precautions.’Transparency’ – we have a right to know. The same right as we have to know where paedos live…

Mark L Francis

But they are not paedophiles are they?

What possible reason could ANYONE have to demand the details of the latest victim? There are NO extra precautions above those mentioned almost every hour. The only reason I can think of to give out details would be to somehow present these victims as being responcible, and that is wrong in so many ways. Mob rule and panic would be the only outcome and once again we… Read more »
The same arguments could (as they have in the past) be used to shut down the press and other mass media since there is very little we actually “need” to know. Whilst I accept that releasing further information may not provide any extra precautions I would also argue that, provided care is taken not to identify individuals, it does not not harm either. Further, I would argue… Read more »
That is the job of the health services. THEY will backtrack any and all possible contaminations and THEY will contact anyone who MAY have come into contact with the latest victim. What we do NOT need are mobs running around blaming victims for catching this thing, and that is exactly what will happen if names or addressess, or even areas etc are released. Letting the relevant agencies… Read more »

The Conservative Government are in deep, deep water, having for the last ten years progressively crippled our NHS in order to surreptitiously bring in the private health sector.

Now with this pandemic, hundreds of people will die because our NHS is so grossly under staffed and under resourced, the Conservatives will never be forgiven, nor will Sir Simon Stevens, who should go now.


Agreed. Per capita, we have half as many critical care beds as Italy, less than quarter the number that Germany has.

The “Event 201” pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The Table top exercise illustrated the CORONA virus pandemic preparedness efforts needed to diminish the large-scale economic and societal consequences of a severe CORONA pandemic. And yet they have been… Read more »

Everything is going to be closed down in a couple of weeks time anyway, so I don’t really see the problem in closing down general access beyond absolute essentials, to and from the island now

Alternative Perspective

Time to act to protect lives

Jenny Smart

We seem very slow to learn and react, with the phrase being, ‘lessons have been learned’ normally AFTER catastrophic events.

Italy has closed down, now Spain and France have followed suit. Why hasn’t the island acted and restricted all but absolutely essential supplies to the island?

Angela Hewitt

Don’t wait for the Government, take it in to your own hands and force a close down