THERE has been another sharp increase in the number of confirmed Isle of Wight Covid cases recorded today (Sunday)
According to figures published by Public Health England, a further 319 cases have been recorded.
The Isle of Wight’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,071.
279 positive cases were recorded yesterday (Saturday), and 280 the day before.
There have been 2,392 cases recorded on the Isle of Wight in January alone.
The highest daily increase was recorded last Sunday, when 459 new cases were added to the Island’s total.
Yesterday, new data revealed the Isle of Wight’s infection rate per 100,000 had surpassed 1,000 for the first time.
The seven-day case rate per 100,000 for the Island, though five days behind, is now 1,176.5 — an increase on yesterday’s figure of 1,147.6.
A further five deaths have been recorded at St Mary’s Hospital, taking the Island’s total to 65.
It means a total of 14 Covid patients have now died at the hospital this month. The only other month to record more deaths than January is April.
A total of eight people died in December.
Yesterday, new data revealed Isle of Wight Covid-19 levels are among highest in country.
Only 29 lower tier local authorities in the UK have a higher infection rate per 100,000 population.
Island MP, Bob Seely, says he has been assured St Mary’s Hospital still has capacity for new Covid patients.