Six more coronavirus deaths in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

Six more coronavirus patients have died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

There have been six more local deaths
There have been six more local deaths

Three people have died in Staffordshire, one in Wolverhampton, one in Walsall and one in Birmingham, according to the latest NHS England figures.

It takes the death toll at hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire from Covid-19 to 2,715.

No deaths were announced today in Sandwell or Dudley.

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The number of Covid-19 deaths in care homes in the region currently stands at 708.

Meanwhile the UK-wide death toll released by the Government, which includes deaths in and out of hospital within 28 days of a positive test, increased by 224 to 44,571 on Friday.

Across the region

Three more patients died at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford County and Stoke Royal hospitals, where the death total is 373.

One person died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in Birmingham including Queen Elizabeth, where the death toll is now at 1,050.

One patient died at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, where the death toll is now at 239.

And one person died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals. The death toll is now at 299.

There were no new deaths at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, where the total is 277.

The total also remains at 405 deaths at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell and City hospitals. No deaths were reported today.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 131 people, who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 31,558.

"Patients were aged between 45 and 99 years old. All except two – aged between 77 and 91 – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 13 September to 22 October 2020, with the majority being on or after 14 October."

"Their families have been informed."

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