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 17 cases have been confirmed today (Wednesday), a notable increase on the three recorded yesteday and eight on Monday, with the month's high of 57 recorded on Friday (February 12).

This follows four consecutive days in which the daily number had previously dropped.

The new cases take the county's total to 6,574 since the start of the pandemic, with February now recording 356 of those.

The rolling data of cases per 100,000 of population for the Island, though five days behind, has dropped significantly and now stands at 102.3.

It remains below the UK average of 136.5. Yesterday the Island's rate was 107.9.

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The number of Covid related deaths on the Island increased in government data released yesterday (Tuesday). This showed 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, although no hospital deaths have been recorded this week.

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

The Covid tide on the Isle of Wight does generally 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