Further 37 Covid deaths reported in region's hospitals

A further 37 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

In total, 3,373 people have died in the region’s hospitals after contracting coronavirus.

A further 750 have died with coronavirus in care homes, across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire, since April 10 when recording began.

Eight more deaths were recorded at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the toll increased to 508.

Three more people died at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the death toll has now increased to 338.

Four more patients died at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total who have died is 334.

Seven people died at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the toll is 321.

Six people died at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford, bringing the total to 531.

Nine patients died at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total stands at 1,256.

Across England, a further 316 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 38,112.

A spokesman for the NHS said: "Patients were aged between 28 and 102-years-old.

"All except five [aged 64 to 96] had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 3 June to 20 November 2020. Their families have been informed."

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