45 more deaths in region's hospitals from coronavirus

A further 45 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 4,957 have now died in the region's hospitals after contracting the virus, while 923 people have died in the region's care homes.

On Sunday, NHS England announced a further 508 deaths in hospitals in the country. It means a total of 55,580 have now died in hospitals in England.

A further 17 deaths were recorded 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 989.

Eleven deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 701 people have now died.

Four deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 474.

A further three deaths were recorded at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total stands at 459.

While one death was announced at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation NHS Trust, where the death toll increased to 43.

And nine deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals across Birmingham including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, meaning the toll now stands at 1,740.

Elsewhere, one death was confirmed at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, where the death toll now stands at 43.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 508 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 55,580.

"Patients were aged between 24 and 103 years old. All except 22 – aged 40 to 93 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from December 17, to January 9, with the majority being on or after January 4.

"Their families have been informed."

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