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 61 new cases since yesterday's 69.

A total of 48 were added on Tuesday.

It takes the Isle of Wight total, since the start of the pandemic, to 10,613.

The Island's rolling rate per 100,000 people, meanwhile, in the seven days to September 4, was 330.3.

Yesterday, in the seven days to September 3, that figure stood at 333.1. The UK average was 377.8 ­— 383.6 today.

Six people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in St Mary's Hospital this week.

As Covid cases and deaths rise this week, the Island’s NHS boss has said she feels like a 'party pooper' for the Isle of Wight Festival, but has warned of its effects on the already stretched health services.

IW NHS Trust chief executive, Maggie Oldham, told a meeting of the trust board today the NHS here is nervously anticipating a further surge following the Isle of Wight Festival, which is set to take place next weekend.