Further 39 Covid deaths reported in region's hospitals

A further 39 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

In total, 3,412 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. Six more deaths were recorded at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the toll increased to 514.

Eight more patients died at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total who have died is 342.

Four 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 342.

A total of 14 people died at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total stands at 1,270.

And seven more patients died at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford, bringing the total to 538.

No more deaths were announced at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, today.

Across England, a further 222 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total to 38,334.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 222 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 38,334.

"Patients were aged between 30 and 99 years old. All except 5 (aged 30 to 81 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 27 October to 21 November 2020 with the majority being on or after 18 November.

"Their families have been informed."

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