"The number of people in hospital is doubling every two weeks and levels are now similar to the numbers seen back in April.
“With more and more people in intensive care this month, it is feared deaths will also continue to rise steeply.
"Please stay at home as much as possible. Do not leave your home unless it’s absolutely essential that you go out.”
The message comes as NHS figures reveal a total of 3,011 patients have now died with Covid-19 in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire since the pandemic began.
In figures released yesterday, a further 34 patients were reported to have died from Covid. 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.
A total of 733 have died with the virus in the region’s care homes.