Covid: Further 89 deaths in region's hospitals

A further 89 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 5,135 have now died in the region's hospitals after contracting the virus, while 955 have died in the region's care homes.

NHS England today announced a further 1,012 deaths in hospitals in the country. It means a total of 57,828 have now died in hospitals in England.

A further 15 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 1,022.

Twelve deaths were announced at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll now stands at 493.

Eleven deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 506.

A further nine deaths were recorded at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total stands at 478.

Eight deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 720 people have now died.

Three deaths were confirmed at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation NHS Trust, where the death toll increased 47.

One death was recorded at the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where the death toll now stands at 53.

Thirty deaths were announced at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals across Birmingham including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, meaning the toll now stands at 1,789.

Elsewhere, 29 deaths were confirmed at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, taking the death toll there to 516.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 1,012 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 57,828.

"Patients were aged between 39 and 102 years old. All except 46 – aged 39 to 98 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from May 8, 2020, to January 12 with the majority being on or after January 6.

"Their families have been informed."

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