Coronavirus: Latest Midlands death toll, Prince Charles out of self-isolation and rescue flights planned for stranded Brits

See the latest coronavirus updates as the death toll rises by 18 in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

Temporary beds set up in the ExCel centre, which alongside Birmingham's NEC, is becoming the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital
Temporary beds set up in the ExCel centre, which alongside Birmingham's NEC, is becoming the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital

Our team will bring you the latest news from across the West Midlands and beyond the coronavirus lockdown enters a second full week.

We have up-to-date figures from our NHS trusts detailing the number of cases in your area.

A total of 1,408 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, it was announced today - up by 180 from 1,228 24 hours before.

Eight deaths were confirmed today in Wolverhampton, six in Dudley, two at the health trust overseeing hospital care in Sandwell and west Birmingham, and two deaths in Staffordshire.

See the figures here and we should have a further government update in the coming hours.

The Black Country now has the highest coronavirus death rate of anywhere in the country, according to official NHS figures.

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More key developments

  • The Prince of Wales, who tested positive for coronavirus last week after developing mild symptoms, is now out of self-isolation, Clarence House has said.

  • Around one in four NHS doctors are off work sick or in isolation, the head of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said.

  • Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London and author of a report which warned of mass deaths if the UK did not introduce strict controls, said there were signs the rate of hospital admissions was slowing.

  • Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's chief adviser, became the latest in Westminster to self-isolate after developing symptoms.

  • Public Health England (PHE) announced that almost 11,000 coronavirus tests a day can now be carried out even though a health minister suggested just 7,000 were actually performed yesterday.

  • Britons were warned restrictions on their lives may last for at least six months.

  • easyJet has grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the pandemic

  • Researchers announced they have worked with the Mercedes F1 team to create a new breathing device for use in the NHS.

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