One new coronavirus death announced in Staffordshire
The death of another coronavirus patient has been confirmed in a Staffordshire hospital, with no new deaths in the Black Country and Birmingham.
One more death was today announced at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and Royal Stoke University Hospital.
However no new deaths were announced in the Black Country and Birmingham for the fourth day this week, following on from Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The death toll in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire now stands at 2,540.
Meanwhile the UK-wide death toll released by Government, which includes deaths in and out of hospital, increased by 114 to 45,233 today.
The number of deaths in hospitals in England rose by 16 to 29,160.
The latest death takes the toll at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust to 353.
Meanwhile 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.
The toll at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, is at 229; while a total of 379 patients have died at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals.
At the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, the death toll stands at 960.
An additional 609 people have died with coronavirus in care homes across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.
Over in Worcestershire, a total of 305 people have died in hospital after contracting Covid-19 and 173 have died in care homes.
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 Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review into how Public Health England (PHE) calculates daily Covid-19 death figures.
Researchers criticised “statistical flaws” in the way the deaths are reported across England, saying they are left looking far worse than any other part of the UK.
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