THE Isle of Wight is now above average in the amount of Covid cases per 100,000 of population.

It is the first time the rolling figure has been above average since the pandemic began.

When the Island was put into Tier One, it had among the lowest rate in the UK and spent several days as the lowest rate in England.

The Island was placed into Tier Four on Boxing Day as a result of rising numbers of positive ases and the rolling figure is now 426.7.

This is from the seven days to December 29 — but this doesn't account for the high tally of Covid cases confirmed each day in January.

New Year's Day saw 175 cases recorded, yesterday (Saturday) saw 133 and today (Sunday) saw a shocking 459 cases — these have not yet been taken into account.

This suggests the figure, already above average, will continue to rise.

There were 605 cases confirmed over the Christmas period, in the week running up to December 29.

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