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Coronavirus: Today's updates as region's death toll reached 1,552

Follow today's coronavirus updates from across the Black Country, Staffordshire, Birmingham and beyond.

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Concerns have been raised that demanding people wear face masks in public would impact supplies to NHS workers and care home staff

We brought you the latest as a further 55 more patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire, bringing the total for the region to 1,552.

Hospital bosses have warned the NHS's supply of face masks could be jeopardised if the Government begins advising the public to wear them. It comes as a group of medics called on people to make their own face masks to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Meanwhile, the Queen has turned 94 – but is marking her birthday away from her family as the coronavirus lockdown continues. The monarch is with her husband of 72 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle in Berkshire with a reduced household for their protection.

As well as the serious news, we'll be sharing the best of your stories, photos and videos - so please get in touch and let us know how you're spending life under lockdown.

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