There are reports this morning (Tuesday) of limited Royal Mail deliveries in scores of areas across England, due to sickness - and the Isle of Wight County Press has been told that some Islanders have been experiencing similar problems.

The Guardian is among those reporting that Royal Mail has published a list of 28 areas no longer receiving regular post, because too many staff have contracted coronavirus or are self-isolating.

Parts of London, Leeds, and Kent are on the list - the Isle of Wight is not included.

However, the County Press has been told of problems in the Shanklin area - causing concern among some residents.

There is concern that Covid-19 tests and vaccination appointments could be held up.

Royal Mail told The Guardian newspaper: “Despite our best efforts and significant investment in extra resource, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards.

“This is due to the exceptionally high volumes we are seeing, exacerbated by the coronavirus-related measures we have put in place in local mail centres and delivery offices to keep our people and customers safe. In such cases, we always work hard to get back to providing our usual level of service as quickly as we can.”

The County Press has contacted Royal Mail for a statement.