Coronavirus: 34 more deaths at Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire hospitals

A further 34 patients have died from coronavirus in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means 3,011 patients have now died with Covid-19 in the region's hospitals since the pandemic began.

A further 733 have died with the virus in the region's care homes since the pandemic began – after a further 11 deaths were confirmed on Tuesday, in the latest figures. In the week from October 31 to November 6, three deaths were confirmed in Wolverhampton, two in Dudley, four in Staffordshire and two in Sandwell.

A further 300 patients died in hospitals across England in figures announced on Tuesday, taking the country's hospital death toll to 34,963. It included 62 patients in the Midlands region.

Eight deaths were reported at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total increased to 270.

A further six deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Foundation Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and the Royal Stoke University Hospital, bringing the trust’s death toll to 448.

Three deaths were reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the toll increased to 452.

At the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, a further two deaths were recorded – where the death toll now stands at 304.

One death was confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total increased to 316.

And 14 deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total rose to 1,144.

One further death was confirmed at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, taking the total to 295.

A spokesman from NHS England said: "A further 300 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 34,963.

"Patients were aged between 35 and 100 years old. All except eight – aged 66 to 99 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from September 28 to November 9, 2020,with the majority being on or after November 6.

"Their families have been informed."

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