MORE than 70 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 78 new cases.

Yesterday, 115 new cases were confirmed, and 102 the day before.

It takes the Isle of Wight total, since the start of the pandemic, to 13,484.

The Island's rolling rate, meanwhile, while five days behind, has also increased.

In the seven days to October 9, it was 562.2.

Yesterday, in the seven days to October 8, it was 551.7.

Children remain the most affected, with the government heatmap showing rates among ten to 14 year olds at 2,879.9.

It was 2,934.7 as of October 8.

According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) data, Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificates of three people who have died on the Island after September 17.

Their deaths were all in community settings, which means they were not on St Mary's Hospital wards.

Another Covid-related death at St Mary's Hospital was also confirmed yesterday.

It means 176 people have now died at the Newport hospital since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.