THERE has been another substantial increase in the number of Isle of Wight Covid cases, according to the latest data.

Public Health England figures released today (Thursday) show 93 new cases.

This follows yesterday's figure of 100, when the Isle of Wight total surpassed 9,000.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 9,124 confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Isle of Wight.

The Island's Covid rolling rate per 100,000 people has also risen.

In the seven days to August 14, it was 408.3.

Yesterday, in the seven days to August 13, that figure stood at 374.6.

The government's interactive map still shows Cowes as having the most cases.

Wooton, Newport, Niton, Shorwell and Godshill also have a high number of cases compared to the rest of the Island.

You can view the government's interactive map here.

St Mary's Hospital has closed a number of inpatient wards to visitors and introduced further safety measures due to a rise in positive Covid-19 patients being treated at the hospital.

There remains confusion over how many people are in St Mary's Hospital, as the Isle of Wight NHS Trust says the government data is wrong.

The government website, where the media are directed to get statistics, is still showing 36 Covid patients in hospital, and has been showing that since Thursday afternoon.

However, the trust said there were only five Covid patients in on August 9 and 10, and one Friday there was just one.

Covid vaccines are now available on the Island for 16 and 17 year olds.