One more coronavirus death recorded in Staffordshire
One more coronavirus death has been confirmed at a health trust in Staffordshire, latest figures have shown.
No new deaths were announced in hospitals across the Black Country or Birmingham on Thursday as the England death toll increased by five.
It means the death toll in hospitals in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire now stands at 2,552.
The death was confirmed at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and Royal Stoke University Hospital – bringing the total to 355.
The toll at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, stands at 967.
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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.
The toll at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, is at 230; and at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, stands at 380.
Meanwhile the UK-wide death toll, which includes deaths in and out of hospitals, increased by eight to 46,201.
The total number of deaths in hospitals across England now stands at 29,376.
It comes as The West Midlands' Chief Constable today urged the Government to consider greater penalties to combat illegal street parties – describing the challenges posed by Covid-19 as "the toughest times in the history of policing".
Midlands health bosses have urged people not to "risk a local lockdown" by flocking to pubs in large groups for the expected hot weather this weekend.
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