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Coronavirus: Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire death toll passes 120

By Dayna Farrington | Dudley | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

A further 21 people in the region were confirmed on Saturday to have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

More than 900 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in England

As of Saturday a total of 123 Covid-19 patients were confirmed to have died across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire, as the UK death toll increased by more than 200 in a day for the first time.

Two of the patients died in Wolverhampton, one in Dudley, 17 in Sandwell and Birmingham and one in Staffordshire.

Of the Sandwell and Birmingham deaths, five happened at the trust which runs City Hospital in Birmingham and Sandwell General in Smethwick and 12 happened at the University Hospitals Birmingham trust which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Elsewhere, three patients died in Shrewsbury and Telford and one in Worcestershire.

A total of 935 people have now died in England.

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The 246 patients confirmed to have died in England on Saturday were aged between 33 and 100 years old, and all had underlying health conditions – apart from 13 who were aged between 63 and 99 years old.

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It means as of Saturday 39 patients had died in Wolverhampton after testing positive for coronavirus, 59 had died in Sandwell and Birmingham, 17 had died in Dudley, six had died in Staffordshire and two had died in Walsall.

The death toll is broken down by the health trust where the patients died and as the Sandwell and West Birmingham trust runs hospitals in both boroughs there is no specific death toll for Sandwell or Birmingham.

Diane Wake, chief executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust said: "Sadly we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Russells Hall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.

"The patient, who died on 25th March, was in his 70s and had underlying health conditions.

"His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time."

All of the latest coronavirus deaths in England were confirmed between 5pm on Thursday and 5pm on Friday, but some of the patients included in the figures died as long ago as March 13.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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