The towns of Brading and Sandown are the worst areas on the Isle of Wight for COVID-19 infections, with 109 cases recorded in the 7 days up until New Year’s Eve.
Data from Gov.uk shows that the certain areas of the PO36 postcode – which include Brading, Alverstone, Yarbridge, Yaverland and Sandown – are well above average for infections, with a rate of 1155.9 per 100,000 population. This makes the virus more prevalent in these small communities than most places in the UK.
Neighbouring Lake and Shanklin are not faring too well either, with 89 cases in the 7 days up until 31st December – a rolling rate of 994.5.
Other areas which are particularly struggling with COVID-19 at the moment include Ryde South with 76 cases (a rate of 866.7) and Cowes West, Gurnard and Northwood with 72 rases and a rate of 836.4.
The Island’s average infection rate is 687.7 per 100,000. The lowest rate of infection can be found, unsurprisingly, in Yarmouth and Freshwater with just 18 cases (189.7).
Many Islanders have been questioning how the Isle of Wight has gone from being one of the safest places in the country to one of the worst in just a matter of weeks. Some commentators have blamed an influx of mainland visitors when tighter restrictions were imposed elsewhere, whilst others have said that the Island community simply became too complacent.
It’s evident that the new variant of COVID-19 has well and truly reached the Island with 1,104 cases confirmed in just 5 days. 1,679 cases had been recorded from the start of the pandemic until the end of 2020.