Further 79 coronavirus deaths confirmed in Black Country Birmingham and Staffordshire
A further 79 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.
It brings the total lives lost in the region to 678.
More than 100 people have now died in the areas overseen by Sandwell and City hospitals alone.
Overall the deaths of a further 758 people have been confirmed in the last 24 hours in England.
Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old.
A total of 29 of the 758 patients – aged between 23 and 99 years old – had no known underlying health condition.
The total deaths in hospitals in England is now 5,655 - up from 4,897 at the same time on Monday.
A total of 6,159 people have died of coronavirus across the whole UK after 786 more patients died.
In Sandwell and West Birmingham it was announced 10 more people have died, taking the total up to 106.
The total of death rose by 15 at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust which manages Russells Hall Hospital, meaning a total of 95.
At the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, eight more people have died, equalling 114 overall.
And at the University Hospitals North Midlands Trust, which manages Stafford's County Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital another nine people have died – totalling 60.
No more deaths were reported in Walsall – the total still stands at 37.
At the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, 37 more people died – making a total of 263.
There was one more death in Worcestershire today bringing the overall total to 49.
No more deaths have been reported at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which has had two deaths so far.
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham also reported one death previously.