New coronavirus death confirmed at Sandwell NHS trust
One more coronavirus death has been confirmed at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.
Saturday's announcement takes the Covid-19 death toll at the trust, which runs Sandwell General Hospital and City Hospital, to 381.
The patient became the second person in seven days to die with coronavirus at the NHS trust after a three-week period with no virus deaths. The announcement came after the first virus death in five weeks was confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust on Friday.
No other Covid-19 deaths were announced at hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham or Staffordshire on Saturday.
Sandwell has had one of the highest infection rates in the country over the past month, although the number of new cases confirmed in the past week was 30 per cent lower than the week before.
Several new cases in the borough have been linked to a barbecue at a pub in Smethwick.
Latest rates of infection in the region:
Average number of new cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to August 4.
Figures show rate for seven days to August 4 with the number of new cases in brackets, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to July 28.
Data for the most recent three days (August 5-7) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.
- Sandwell 18.0 (59), 26.8 (88)
- Birmingham 13.1 (150), 13.6 (155)
- Wolverhampton 12.2 (32), 13.3 (35)
- Walsall 8.4 (24), 7.0 (20)
- Stafford 5.8 (8), 6.6 (9)
- South Staffordshire 5.3 (6), 5.3 (6)
- Cannock Chase 4.0 (4), 7.9 (8)
- Dudley 2.2 (7), 5.6 (18)
Across England the number of hospital coronavirus deaths increased by 15 to 29,401 on Saturday, with two of the new deaths in the Midlands.
The UK-wide death toll, which includes deaths in and out of hospitals, increased by 55 to 46,566.
So far 2,553 people have died with coronavirus in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire and 695 people have died with the disease in the region's care homes.
A total of 286 Covid-19 patients have died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, and 264 people have died at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital.
The death toll at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, is 230 and at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and Royal Stoke University Hospital is 355.
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Meanwhile 967 people have died with coronavirus at the region's largest trust, the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.
In Worcestershire 306 people have died in hospital after contracting coronavirus.
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