Further 33 coronavirus patients die in region's hospitals

A further 33 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

The daily number of coronavirus deaths at Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire hospitals as of January 8. By date of death, not date death was announced. Data: NHS England.
The daily number of coronavirus deaths at Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire hospitals as of January 8. By date of death, not date death was announced. Data: NHS England.

It means a total of 4,881 have now died in the region's hospitals after contracting the virus, while 923 people have died in the region's care homes.

On Friday, NHS England announced a further 715 deaths in hospitals in the country. It means a total of 54,445 have now died in hospitals in England.

Nine deaths were announced 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 967.

A further seven deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 465.

Three deaths were recorded at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total stands at 451.

While three deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 689 people have now died.

One death was confirmed at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation NHS Trust, where a total of 42 people have now died.

And 10 deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals across Birmingham including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, meaning the toll now stands at 1,723.

No new deaths were announced at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll remains 467.

Elsewhere, 10 new deaths were recorded at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, where the total number of deaths stands at 473.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 715 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 54,445.

"Patients were aged between 30 and 101 years old. All except 23 – aged 45 to 99 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from December 15, to January 7, with the majority being on or after January 5.

"Their families have been informed."

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