THE number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded on the Isle of Wight continues its promising trend today (Tuesday).

Today's update sees 28 new cases after nine were recorded yesterday and takes the overall number of number to 6,255 — with January having recorded 4,539 and around ten months of previous testing yielding 1,679 cases.

January began with a flurry of cases, with the daily numbers gradually declining as the graph below shows:

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

The seven-day case rate per 100,000 for the Island, though five days behind, has dropped once again today from 292.7 to 259.6.

Isle of Wight County Press: Daily cases by specimen dataDaily cases by specimen data

This is a falling rolling rate, and is now below the UK national average for the first time in several weeks.

Sadly, 24 people in Island care homes died in the week running up to January 22. It means 30 have died in care homes between January 1 and 22.

Five new Isle of Wight deaths were confirmed at St Mary's Hospital yesterday (Monday), meaning the Island now has had 203 deaths — with 120 in St Mary's Hospital, 78 in care homes, four at home and one in a hospice.

A sixth Covid vaccine centre has opened on the Island yesterday, at the Riverside Centre. It is hoped 500 Islanders per day will be vaccinated there.