152 cases of coronavirus have now been identified on the Isle of Wight, Public Health England confirmed.
Data released this afternoon (Friday) shows an increase in the number of locally confirmed COVID-19 cases by 3, from 149 yesterday to 152 today.
This increase is not surprising given that a test facility has been open in Medina for a few weeks now, undoubtedly increasing the number of cases discovered and verified. Previously, the tests were only done at the hospital and, therefore, the cases represented Islanders who were quite sick with the virus. Now, tests are underway for key workers who report having symptoms of coronavirus.
With the launch of the new contact tracking application this week, swab tests are now being sent to any Islander who has symptoms of coronavirus. It will also increase the number of positive tests recorded.
NHS England reports that there have now been 29 deaths from coronavirus in the hospital, with the National Statistics Office confirming that 6 more people have died in the community – as of April 24.
The latest information from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust confirms that 25 people recovered from COVID-19 and were discharged from hospital.