61 more hospital Covid deaths and 20 in care homes confirmed in region

A further 61 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

In total, 3,493 people have died in the region's hospitals after contracting Covid-19.

A total of 770 have died with coronavirus in care homes across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire since the pandemic began – after a further 20 deaths were confirmed on Tuesday, in the latest figures.

In the week from November 14 to November 20, eight care home deaths were confirmed in Staffordshire, five in Wolverhampton, three in Sandwell, two in Walsall and two in Birmingham.

In England, the NHS recorded 353 new deaths in hospitals in figures released on Tuesday, bringing the death total in the country's hospitals to 38,865. It included 101 in the Midlands region.

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Ten more deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford, bringing the total to 551.

Eight more deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the death toll increased to 533.

A further eight deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the death toll has now increased to 351.

Another eight deaths were recorded at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where 329 people have died after catching the disease.

A total of 26 deaths were announced at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total stands at 1,298.

And one death was confirmed Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation NHS Trust, where a total of 20 people have now died.

No new deaths were confirmed on Tuesday at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the total remains 345.

Five new deaths were confirmed at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, where a total of 323 have now died.

A spokesman from NHS England said: "A further 353 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 38,865.

"Patients were aged between 10 and 100 years old. All except nine – aged 31 to 90 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from October 24 to November 23, with the majority being on or after November 21.

"Their families have been informed."

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