MORE than 60 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed on the Isle of Wight, according to the latest data.

Public Health England figures released today (Thursday) show 65 new cases.

This follows yesterday's figure of 125, taking the Isle of Wight total, since the start of the pandemic, to 9,697.

A total of 55 cases were added on Tuesday.

The Island's rolling rate per 100,000 people, in the seven days to August 21, was 420.3.

Yesterday, in the seven days to August 20, that figure stood at 432.2.

It remains well above the UK rate, which was 344.5 today ­— up from 339.3 yesterday.

Meanwhile, Halfords in Newport has been forced to close following a positive case of Covid-19.

The St James' Street store has been closed until further notice.

A new Covid-19 death has also been recorded at St Mary's Hospital in Newport.

A person died at the Isle of Wight's hospital on Monday, meaning there have now been 158 Covid-related deaths in hospital here since the start of the pandemic.

St Mary's Hospital has closed its wards to visitors, due to rising numbers of people with Covid in hospital.

At the last update, there were nine patients with Covid at St Mary's but this data is only updated once a week and also has a time lag.