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Coronavirus: Three further deaths - bringing death toll across Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham to 2,354

By Kirsten Rawlins | Coronavirus | Published:

A further three coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in hospitals in Staffordshire.

Daily number of coronavirus deaths in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire hospitals by date of death as of May 31. Data: NHS England. Figures likely to increase as further deaths announced

The rise means 2,354 patients have now died in hospitals across the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham, while at least 527 people have died with the virus in care homes according to the most recently published figures.

The additional three deaths all took place at Staffordshire's University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford's County Hospital, taking the death toll there to 304.

There have been no further deaths confirmed at any other trusts across the region.

A total of 913 patients have died at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals and has had more coronavirus deaths than any trust in the country.

The cumulative number of coronavirus deaths in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire hospitals by date of death as of May 31. Data: NHS England. Figures likely to increase as further deaths announced

The death toll at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, is 345.

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, has had a total of 270 deaths.

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Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, has seen 252 patients die.

A total of 205 patients have died at Walsall Manor Hospital.

The cumulative number of coronavirus deaths by Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire NHS trusts by date of death as of May 31. Data: NHS England. Figures likely to increase as further deaths announced

Meanwhile in Worcestershire 281 people have now died with the virus in the county's hospitals.

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There have been a total of 86 new deaths across England, bringing the nation's death toll to 26,615.

The UK figures are set to be released later.

The figures released each day refer to the number of coronavirus-related deaths confirmed in the previous 24 hours - not who died in the last 24 hours.

Deaths are sometimes not included in the data for some time due to testing or allowing for relatives to be informed.

Meanwhile care home death figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, are currently only available from April 10 to May 22, meaning the true number of Covid-19 deaths at Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire homes is likely to be far higher than the 527 reported.

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins
@kirsten_Star

Digital Content Manager for the Shropshire Star and Express & Star. Also reviews concerts and events, as well as writing features and celebrity interviews. E-mail me at kirsten.rawlins@shropshirestar.co.uk, or phone 01952 241440.

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