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No new coronavirus deaths in Black Country, Birmingham or Staffordshire hospitals

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | Coronavirus | Published:

No new coronavirus deaths were recorded in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire in the latest figures released today.

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It is the third time this week that no deaths have been recorded in the region's hospitals.

No new deaths were recorded in Monday or Wednesday's figures either.

The death toll in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire remains at 2,539.

The UK-wide death toll released by Government, which includes deaths in and out of hospital, was being announced later today.

The number of deaths in hospitals in England increased by 19 to 29,144, in figures released by NHS England on Thursday.

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The death toll at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, remains at 285; while a total of 264 patients have died at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital.

There were also no new deaths announced at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total of deaths is 229; while a total of 379 patients have died at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals.

A total of 352 people have died with the virus at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and Royal Stoke University Hospital.

At the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, the death toll stands at 960.

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No new deaths were announced in Worcestershire, where the total number of deaths in the county's hospitals remains at 305.

An NHS England spokesman said: "A further 19 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,144.

"Patients were aged between 52 and 91 years old. All patients had 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.

It comes as it was revealed that deaths rose sharply at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital during March and April, as new figures showed the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis.

There was a 70 per cent rise in deaths at New Cross compared with 12 months earlier, as staff battled to fight the virus at the height of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, working conditions for nurses and midwives pose a significant threat to their mental health, which could worsen due to the pandemic, a review has found.

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) reviewed the mental health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives in the UK before the Covid-19 crisis.

The coronavirus crisis is continuing to ravage the jobs market across the Black Country, according to a business leader.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, is calling for the Government to give continued support to the region's businesses to prevent further redundancies.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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