Eleven more coronavirus deaths at hospitals across Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham

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

Two people have died at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, three at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, four at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, one at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and one at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

It takes the death toll at hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire from Covid-19 to 2,726.

No deaths were announced today in Dudley.

It comes as a further 185 people, who tested positive for coronavirus, died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in the country's hospitals to 31,743.

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

It means 377 coronavirus patients have now died at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford County and Stoke Royal hospitals.

The figure of 1,050 coronavirus patient deaths remains the same at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

The total number of deaths at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, is now 240.

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

The number of deaths rose at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell and City hospitals, to 407.

Three people died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals. The death toll is now at 302.

One more person died at the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which means the total is now 40.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 185 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 31,743.

"Patients were aged between 32 and 98 years old. All except seven (aged between 66 and 90) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 6 April to 23 October 2020, with the majority being on or after 20 October.

"Their families have been informed."

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