Wolverhampton coronavirus death toll passes 100 as 56 more deaths confirmed in wider region
The coronavirus death toll in Wolverhampton has passed 100 after 56 more patients were confirmed to have died in the wider region today.
The 56 latest deaths mean 599 people have now been confirmed to have died in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire after testing positive for Covid-19.
Across the UK the death toll increased by 439 to 5,373.
Of the deaths confirmed today, 14 were at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust where the death toll now stands at 106.
The largest daily increase in the country was at the Sandwell and West Birmingham trust, which runs Sandwell and City Hospitals, where 20 deaths were confirmed taking the total there to 96.
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Meanwhile 10 more people were confirmed to have died at hospitals in Stafford and Stoke, bringing the death toll in Staffordshire to 51, and 12 deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals Birmingham trust.
The trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital and three others in the city, has now had 226 Covid-19 patients die - more than any other NHS trust in the UK.
The Royal Wolverhampton Health Trust has had the sixth most deaths out of UK trusts and Sandwell and West Birmingham is 10th on the list.
All the other trusts in the top 10 are in London.
In England 403 more coronavirus patients were confirmed to have died today, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 4,897.
The patients were aged between 35 and 106 and of these 15 patients aged between 52 and 94 had no known underlying health conditions.
There were no reported deaths in Dudley or Walsall today meaning the respective death tolls remain at 80 and 37.
Six more deaths were confirmed in Worcestershire, where 48 patients have now died.
The death figures released each day are not deaths that have happened in the last 24 hours but are rather an updated count of the deaths in each area to date, with some only included at a much later date due to testing or letting family members know.
One of the patients included in today's figures died as far back as March 19 in Sandwell and West Birmingham.
It comes as the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is increasing in-house Covid-19 testing as the Government continues to face criticism for its low level of national testing.
A new coronavirus app is also being rolled out across Wolverhampton allowing people to check symptoms and chat with specialists.
Meanwhile Boris Johnson remains in hospital where he is said to be under observation but continuing to work on his official papers from his hospital bed.