Seven more coronavirus deaths in the Black Country and Birmingham

Seven more coronavirus deaths have been reported at hospitals in the Black Country and Birmingham.

Two people have died in Dudley, two in Walsall, two in Birmingham and one in the trust that covers Sandwell and West Birmingham.

It means the death toll at hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire is now at 2,664.

On top of this, 705 people have died in the region's care homes after contracting Covid-19.

No other deaths were confirmed at hospital trusts in Wolverhampton or Staffordshire today.

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In the latest figures from NHS England, it was reported that two patients had died at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, taking its total to 271.

Two patients have died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, where the death toll is now at 1,031.

Two patents have also died at Healthcare NHS Trust, taking its total to 234.

And one patient had died at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell and City hospitals, where the total is now 398.

A further 86 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, said NHS England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,910.

A spokesman said: "Patients were aged between 44 and 99 years old. All except two (aged 62 and 79) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 16 September to 16 October 2020. Their families have been informed."

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