Further 26 Covid deaths in hospitals in Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 26 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

The deaths announced today mean a total of 4,319 people have now died in the region’s hospitals after contracting the virus.

In figures announced by NHS England today, a further 266 people have died in hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 46,388.

One more patient died at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 629 have now died in total.

Three deaths were reported today at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll stands at 425.

Three deaths were recorded at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 419.

Eight deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust which runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, where the total now stands at 1,530.

Another eight people died at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs County Hospital in Stafford and Royal Stoke University Hospital, taking the coronavirus death toll there to 796.

One person died at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the toll stands at 407.

No more deaths were reported at the Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust, where the total is 49, with two deaths reported at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, bringing the total to 38.

No more deaths were reported at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 266 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 46,388.

"Patients were aged between 42 and 101 years old. All except seven (aged 53 to 90 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 8 November to 19 December 2020 with the majority being on or after 17 December.

"Their families have been informed."

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