23 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 23 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 3,270 people have died from Covid-19 in the region's hospitals since the pandemic began.

NHS figures, released today, showed a further 282 people in England's hospitals had died – bringing the total to 37,124

One more death was recorded at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the toll increased to 493.

Two people died at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total who have died is 326.

One more person died at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the death total increased to 332.

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Nine more people died at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total stands at 1,222.

At the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and the Royal Stoke University Hospital, four more people died.

And six people died at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the toll is 307.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 282 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 37,124.

"Patients were aged between 38 and 101 years old. All except 12 (aged 64 to 95 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 10 September to 17 November 2020 with the majority being on or after 13 November.

"Their families have been informed."

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