Two more coronavirus deaths in Black Country and Staffordshire hospitals
A further two coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in hospitals in the Black Country and Staffordshire.
No new deaths were announced in any Birmingham hospitals on Friday.
It means the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the region's hospitals is now at 2,523.
A further 600 people have died in care homes across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire, after nine new deaths were announced on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the UK-wide death toll, which includes deaths in and out of hospital, increased by 137 to 44,131 today.
The number of deaths in England went up by 38 to 28,832,.
Of the new hospital deaths announced, one was confirmed at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, in charge of the Manor Hospital, where the total increased to 225.
A further death was confirmed at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford’s County Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital, where a total of 347 people have now died.
No new deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total remains 286, or at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total remains 263.
There were also no further deaths confirmed at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 377 have been confirmed to have died.
On Friday, no new deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, where the total number of deaths remains 956. The trust runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.
One further death was confirmed in Worcestershire, where a total of 303 patients have died in the county's hospitals.
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A spokesman from NHS England said: "A further 38 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,832.
"Patients were aged between 33 and 96 years old. Two patients, aged 50 and 69, 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.
Meanwhile the publication of test results from drive-through centres and home kits has revealed the full number of confirmed cases across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.
The Prime Minister said he hoped the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in England on Saturday would allow people to enjoy themselves, but in a “safe way”.
Stanley Johnson was widely criticised after reportedly travelling via Bulgaria – in order to avoid the ban on direct flights from the UK – to visit his Greek villa. However during an LBC radio phone-in, the Prime Minister repeatedly refused to say whether he was “disappointed” with his father’s actions.
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