TWO more people have died in care homes on the Isle of Wight, after contracting Covid-19.

The latest government data has been published this morning (Thursday).

Office for National Statistics figures show three more people have died in the community in the week up to March 26 ­— two in care homes and one in hospice.

In 2021, 70 people have died in care homes on the Island.

Since the start of the pandemic, 133 Islanders have died in care homes, the hospice, the community and at home.

A further 151 have died in hospital, taking the Isle of Wight's Covid death toll to 284.

The Island's death toll during the year of the coronavirus pandemic was significantly higher than during previous years, new data has revealed.

Public Health England data compared the number of deaths registered during the last year with how many were predicted based on previous mortality rates.

Meanwhile, the Island's total number of new coronavirus cases has risen to 6,755.

A further four cases were confirmed yesterday.

Covid has also led to an increasing backlog of cases at the Isle of Wight Crown Court, figures show.