Coronavirus: 21 more deaths over six days last week in region's care homes
A total of 21 coronavirus patients died in in six days in care homes across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that from May 23 to May 29 – the latest data available – there were 21 people who died in care homes across the region.
Altogether, 552 people have died across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire in care homes since April 10 – when the figures first became available.
This includes 182 deaths in Staffordshire, 76 in Walsall, 35 in Sandwell, and 46 in Dudley, 55 in Wolverhampton, and 158 in Birmingham.
There have been 81 care home deaths in the Shropshire Council area and 42 in Telford & Wrekin.
In total, there have now been 11,186 Covid-19 deaths in care homes in England, according to the ONS.
Overall, a third of deaths involving coronavirus took place outside hospital - the majority of which were in care homes.
Earlier this month, figures showed deaths in care homes accounted for more than half of the total number of daily coronavirus deaths for the first time.
Nationally, the number of weekly deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales fell by almost a third in a week and reached its lowest level for seven weeks.
There were 2,589 deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales registered in the week ending May 22, the ONS said.
This is down 32 per cent from the previous seven days, with 3,810 deaths involving coronavirus registered in the week ending May 15.
The ONS said there were 12,288 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending May 22 - a drop of 2,285 from the previous week, but still 2,348 more than the five-year average.
There were 1,289 excess deaths in care homes during the seven days, compared with the five-year average, and 24 fewer deaths in hospitals.
In total, the ONS said there have been 286,759 deaths to date in England and Wales - 51,466 more than the five-year average.