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 13 cases have been confirmed today (Thursday), a slight reduction on the 17 recorded yesterday. There were three on Tuesday and eight on Monday. 

The month's high of 57 was recorded on Friday (February 12).

The new cases take the county's total to 6,587 since the start of the pandemic, with February now recording 369 of those.

The rolling data of cases per 100,000 of population for the Island, though five days behind, has risen slightly and now stands at 104.4.

It remains below the UK average of 131.8. Yesterday the Island's rate was 102.3.

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The number of Covid related deaths on the Island increased in government data released on 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