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Coronavirus: Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire death toll reaches 142

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

A further 19 people were today confirmed to have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

A total of 1,125 have now died in England

It means at least 142 Covid-19 patients have now died across the region, as the UK death toll increased to 1,228.

Eleven of the patients died in Sandwell and Birmingham, two in Wolverhampton, three in Dudley and three in Staffordshire.

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

A total of 1,125 have now died in England.

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The 190 patients confirmed to have died in England on Sunday were aged between 39 and 105 years old, and all had underlying health conditions – apart from four who were aged between 57 and 87 years old.

Of these, 41 have died in Wolverhampton, 70 have died in Sandwell and Birmingham, 20 have died in Dudley, nine have died in Staffordshire and two have died in Walsall.

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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 (City Hospital in Birmingham and Sandwell General in West Bromwich) there is no specific death toll for Sandwell or Birmingham.

Of the 11 deaths across both boroughs confirmed on Sunday, four were being treated by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust and seven were being treated by the University Hospitals Birmingham Trust which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

On Sunday, Diane Wake, chief executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are currently treating patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 (coronavirus).

"Sadly, we can confirm that 21 patients being cared for at our hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. Three of those have been announced today.

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"The patients were aged between 69 and 85 years old and all but one had underlying health conditions.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those patients at this very difficult and distressing time."

All of the latest coronavirus deaths in England were confirmed between 5pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday, but some of the patients included in the figures died as long ago as March 16.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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