Four more coronavirus deaths in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire
Four more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.
Two patients were today confirmed to have died in Staffordshire and two were announced in Sandwell and Birmingham. No new deaths were reported in Wolverhampton, Walsall or Dudley.
The announcement means 2,474 people have now died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire after contracting Covid-19.
An additional 582 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the region's care homes.
Meanwhile the UK-wide death toll, which includes deaths in and out of hospital, increased by 135 to 42,288 today.
The number of deaths in hospitals in England went up by 62 to 28,175 today, with a 13-day-old baby with no underlying health conditions among the new confirmed deaths. An additional 25 deaths have been removed from the figures after being reported twice in error.
Of the hospital deaths announced today, two deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford’s County Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital, where the total number of deaths now stands at 331.
One more death was reported at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total is now 942.
And one more death was reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 370 patients have died.
No new deaths were reported at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total remains at 260.
The death toll at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, in charge of the Manor Hospital, also remained unchanged at 220.
No new deaths were reported at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total remains at 282.
No new deaths were reported in Worcestershire, where the total death toll in the county’s hospitals remains at 294.
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A spokesman for NHS England said: “A further 62 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,175*.
"*As part of a continual process to improve the quality of the dataset recording Covid-related deaths in England hospitals, 25 records have been removed which had been reported twice in error. These changes have been incorporated in the data published today and are reflected in the total number of reported deaths in hospitals in England.
"Patients were aged between 13 days and 96 years old. Three patients, aged between 13 days and 83, had no known underlying health conditions.
"Their families have been informed."
The daily hospital figures include Covid-19 patients whose deaths were confirmed in the previous 24 hours, not who died in that period.