Two Coronavirus patients at St Mary’s have died (updated)

Two people who tested positive for Covid-19 at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight have died

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust have confirmed that two men have died at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight who tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19/C19).

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two men.

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

“Two patients have sadly died at St Mary’s Hospital having had laboratory confirmed positive test results for COVID-19.

“The two men were in their 70s and 80s and both had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

The number of confirmed cases on the Isle of Wight has now reached 10 – this includes the two men who sadly passed away.

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Article edit
6.20pm 28th Mar 2020 – Number of confirmed cases on the Island added

Image: Annie Spratt under CC BY 2.0

Saturday, 28th March, 2020 2:55pm



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Extremely sad, sincere condolences to the family

Two people have down-voted this? Shame on you – the families involved may well read this. Knowing only too well how deeply it hurts to lose family members, my heart goes out to everyone grieving now and in the days and weeks to come. Let’s just keep the number as low as possible by doing all we can to limit the spread of the virus and protect… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

In fairness I think some people interpret the red button as equivalent to the “sad face” on other platforms…


I was trying to find out if we were still at 8 confirmed earlier. Is that now 6 & 2 dead?
The GovUK map is pretty pointless as it simply flags cases per area/city. What would be more relevant is to see the figures expressed as a % of each area’s population #feelingillinformed

If you’re able to analyse statistics and draw your own conclusions then this is a good site, no opinions or telling you what you should think about them. Straight away you can see that according to national statistics and deaths per million the Island should stand at 2 deaths and the age group of the those that have died are also accurate. It might be considered… Read more »

The only statistic that we need to know is the change in the rate of acceleration.Infections doubling every 2 days is very bad, every 4 days is slightly encouraging… 10 days + is where we want to be. Let’s hope the IOW cases don’t reach 20 by next weekend…

Why do you believe the rate of acceleration is the only relevant statistic? The rate of acceleration is inevitable as testing becomes more widely available and the amount of testing increases. I don’t see this data as infections doubling every 2 days but as an increase in people being tested leading to more positive tests being returned. Of course, we are all free to interpret the data… Read more »

ATM only people who are hospitalised and confirmed infected are included in the statistics for ‘infections’. Those infected but not diagnosed/tested will be some much higher factor. Suggestions are as high as 20-30 multiple.This is why I suggest that we should look to the change in rate of recorded infections.

Precisely, that is why i’m suggesting that it is not the rate of infection that is increasing rapidly but the rate of people getting tested, many of whom are unfortunately already infected. As the rate of known infections inevitably multiplies i am suggesting the death rate will not increase with it, thus significantly lowering the mortality rate. But as i say, if you only want to look… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

Try following this link, which is ranked according to known cases per head of population. Note especially Portsmouth in the England figures. Scotland and Wales given in one table below…


Oo, just checked GovUK again – suddenly jumped to 10 on IOW. Still confused.


every year people DIE from complications due to the FLU, but NOT from it. What are the current figures of deaths from seasonal flu compared to the CoronaVirus (flu) ?


Just remember 500,000 persons that Half a million pass away each and every year


Those who die from the coronavirus will be in addition to those deaths, not instead of.


Not sure on your thinking a few extra this year will equal a few less next year the 500,000 is an average,

Steve Goodman
Some other things to think about (and to try to factor into any equating) in addition to the additional number of deaths with this pandemic infection as the primary cause: While some dying early as a result of pandemic infection would otherwise have died during the same, or following, year, many more would not have. Because this virus has a particularly high infection rate, and because health… Read more »


No, I was not thinking that as I don’t think about human life from the point of view of a number cruncher. These are people, not figures on a spread sheet.

Many of the people who will die of this horrible disease would have had many more years, even decades of life.

My sympathies to the loved ones of those on the island who passed away.


A long watch but worth the time

YouTube: Coronavirus Covid-19 Fact Not Fear

Very sad news for all concerned. Increasingly the evidence suggests UK Conservative politicians were culpable of not heeding the advice of the WHO and other scientists. As published in The Lancet today: ‘Chaos and panic’: Lancet editor says NHS was left unprepared for Covid-19 Horton wrote that the government’s Contain-Delay-Mitigate-Research plan had failed. “It failed, in part, because ministers didn’t follow WHO’s advice to ‘test, test, test’… Read more »
Angela Hewitt
So, do I give thumbs up to agree with Andrew Cooper’s comment or thumbs down to condemn the disgraceful behavior of the Government and their so called scientists in Andrew’s comments. I am furious with the Government’s failure. However, they were right to say that a lot of the public would not comprehend the seriousness of this hence further restrictions now on the way. But, we are… Read more »