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Island's Covid deaths increase to 68

IoM infection rate is highest in British Isles

The number of people who've died from coronavirus on the Isle of Man, since the start of the pandemic, has risen to 68.

One further fatality has been confirmed via the latest surveillance report from Public Health.

You can find it HERE.

The data also shows the Island currently a reproduction - or R - number of 3.66 - the highest in the British Isles.

The rise in cases over the festive period has been attributed to the more-transmissible Omicron variant now being the dominant strain on Island.

The majority of cases have been in those aged 20 to 60 but the report says the reopening of schools this week could be a factor in future infections.

It's also expected there could be a rise in those over 80 catching Covid-19 if the Island's Omicron spread matches that of the UK.

Seven people were receiving treatment in Noble's Hospital when the report was compiled - four had had two doses of a Coronavirus vaccine and three were unvaccinated.

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