THE number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 on the Isle of Wight has risen by almost 50 per cent a week.

There has also been a rise in patients with coronavirus since Monday, when the Isle of Wight NHS Trust which runs St Mary's Hospital said 30 people on its wards had tested positive.

Data correct on Tuesday, September 7, and published yesterday (Thursday), showed 34 people with coronavirus were being treated at St Mary's Hospital.

Meanwhile, the number of people being treated in specialist ventilation beds has nearly doubled in a week.

Nine patients are now being cared for using the specialist kit, compared to the five people reported in the previous weekly data.


During Thursday's  Isle of Wight NHS Trust board meeting, it was revealed that 20 per cent of the hospital's acute beds across the trust were filled by Covid positive patients.

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

Yesterday, 61 new Covid-19 cases were added to the Isle of Wight's total, taking the  total since the start of the pandemic to 10,613.

With Covid cases and deaths on the rise, Isle of Wight Wight NHS Trust chief executive, Maggie Oldham said she feels like a 'party pooper' over the Isle of Wight Festival, but has warned of its potential effects on the already stretched health services.

Ms Oldham, revealed the NHS here is nervously anticipating a further surge following the festival, which is starts from Thursday, September 16.