Nine more hospital patients die from coronavirus across Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham

Nine more hospital patients have died across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire after catching coronavirus.

Five patients were today confirmed to have died at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

It brings the total number of patients who have died at the trust, which runs Sandwell General Hospital and City Hospital, to 412.

At the the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, two more patients died bringing the total there to 304.

Two more deaths were also reported at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford County and Stoke Royal hospitals, bringing the trust's total to 379.

It means a total of 2,735 hospital patients have died at hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire from Covid-19.

Figures published today show a further 76 people were confirmed to have died at hospitals across England after catching coronavirus, including the nine announced in the region.

However, that does not mean all 76 died on Sunday but that is when the NHS officially reported their deaths.

The dates actually range from August 28 to October 24 for those people, with the majority being on or after October 21, said an NHS spokesman.

It brings the total coronavirus death tally at hospitals in England to 31,819.

A spokesman for the NHS said: "Patients were aged between 43 and 100 years old. All except three - aged between 71 and 83 - had known underlying health conditions."

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