FURTHER confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been recorded on the Isle of Wight, according to the latest data released by Public Health England.

Another three cases have been confirmed today (Tuesday), a decrease on yesterday's figure of 8, with the month's high of 57 recorded on Friday (February 12).

This is the fourth day in a row that the daily number has dropped.

The new cases take the county's total to 6,557 since the start of the pandemic.

The rolling data of cases per 100,000 of population for the Island, though five days behind, has dropped significantly and now stands at 107.9.

It remains below the UK average of 142. Yesterday the Island's rate was 116.4.

Isle of Wight County Press: Covid cases by specimen dataCovid cases by specimen data

The number of Covid related deaths on the Island has increased in government data released earlier today. This shows 114 community deaths since the pandemic began, with 104 of those in care homes, seven at home, one in a hospice and two elsewhere.

With 138 hospital deaths also recorded, it means 252 people have died of Covid related causes on the Island since March, 2020.  

Sad loss at Isle of Wight care homes as Covid death toll passes 100

Generally, however, the Covid tide on the Isle of Wight does appear to be turning, according to the Government's interactive map.

With high numbers of cases and higher-than-average rolling rates throughout January, the Isle of Wight now looks like it is heading in the right direction after almost six weeks of lockdown.

Isle of Wight shows promising signs on government's interactive Covid map