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Eleven more coronavirus hospital deaths in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | Coronavirus | Published:

A further 11 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

A total of 2,241 coronavirus patients have now died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

The NHS figures announced on Thursday mean the Covid-19 death toll in the region's hospitals is now at 2,241.

The number of deaths in hospitals in England increased by 187 to 25,266, in the latest figures.

The UK-wide death toll released by Government, which includes deaths in and out of hospitals, increased by 338 to 36,042 but statistics suggest the true figure is far higher.

Among the new hospital deaths announced on Thursday were four at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford's County Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital, taking the death toll to 282.

Two more patients were announced to have died at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, taking the total to 243.

No new deaths were announced at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total remains 260, or at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, in charge of the Manor Hospital, where the total is 192.

There were also no new deaths reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the total remains 332.

A further four people have died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, taking the total to 875. The trust runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.

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A further death was confirmed at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where the total is 13.

Four new deaths were reported in Worcestershire on Thursday, where the total death toll in the county's hospital is now 269.

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As well as including patients who tested positive for the disease, the hospital statistics now also include patients who died in hospital and had not tested positive but for whom Covid-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on their death certificate.

This included nine deaths in the Midlands – but it is not known where in the Midlands the deaths took place.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 187 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,266.

"Patients were aged between 14 and 98 years old. Six of the 187 patients – aged between 46 and 94 years old – had no known underlying health condition.

"Their families have been informed."

The daily figures include Covid-19 patients whose deaths were confirmed in the previous 24 hours, not who died in that period.

Some deaths are not included in the statistics for several days due to testing or family members being informed. Thursday's figures included patients who died between March 29 and May 20.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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