Three more people have died on the Isle of Wight, after testing positive for Covid-19.

The latest deaths were at St Mary's Hospital, in Newport.

It means 73 Islanders have now died in hospital since records began - and raises the Island's toll, in January alone, to 17.

England's Chief Medical Advisor, Professor Chris Whitty, has warned the worst is yet to come, with a statement expected later from the government.

The Isle of Wight recorded eight hospital deaths in just two days (January 8 and 9), while  more daily cases data will be released at around 4pm, as rates soar.

A further 52 Islanders have also died in the community - at home, in a care home or in a hospice.

Since the start of the pandemic, 125 people have died on the Isle of Wight after contracting Covid-19.

The Isle of Wight County Press is running a blog as we await a statement from the government on what is believed to be its plans to tighten national measures to fight coronavirus.

CLICK HERE - we will add a 'watch now' link and will be live blogging at around 5pm.