The number of daily Covid-19 cases has been published and there has been another sharp rise.

A further 247 positive tests have been added to the Isle of Wight's overall total.

January has seen a shocking rise in the number of Islanders with coronavirus - a new variant is being blamed.

On Sunday, 319 cases were added to the Island's tally by Public Health England, with 279 on Saturday and 280 on Friday.

The Isle of Wight's cumulative total since the start of the pandemic has now topped 4,000 - of which more than half have been recorded on the Isle of Wight this month.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Isle of Wight has recorded 4,318 Covid cases. 

Isle of Wight County Press:

Cases by specimen date.

The seven-day case rate per 100,000 for the Island, though five days behind, is now 1,130.

The highest daily increase since records began was on Sunday January 3 - when 459 new cases were added.

More people have now died from Covid-19.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Three new deaths in St Mary's Hospital were published earlier, bring the total number of people who have died on the Isle of Wight to 125.

More Covid deaths as January toll climbs on Isle of Wight

Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has revealed that the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine has now rolled out here, with an 86-year-old woman from Newport among the first to receive it over the weekend.