Three more Covid deaths in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire hospitals

A further three coronavirus deaths have been confirmed at hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 patients who have died in hospitals in the region to 2,799. A further 717 people have died with the virus in the region's care homes.

Meanwhile the UK-wide death toll, which includes deaths in and out of hospital within 28 days of a positive test, increased by 274 to 46,229 today.

Across the region

One patient was confirmed to have died at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total is now 284. The patient died on October 29.

A further patient died at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stafford County and Stoke Royal hospitals, bringing the trust's total to 393. The patient also died on October 29.

And one patient was confirmed to have died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total rose to 1,074. The patient died on October 28.

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No patients died at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the total remains 424, or at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Manor Hospital, where the total is at 247.

A total of 307 patients have died at the Royal Wolverhampton Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where no new deaths were announced on Friday.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 163 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 32,647.

"Patients were aged between 42 and 100 years old. All except four – aged 60 to 90 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from April 9 to October 29, with the majority being on or after October 24.

"Their families have been informed."

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