Further 52 coronavirus deaths in hospitals across Birmingham, Black Country and Staffordshire

A further 52 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 5,308 people have now died in the region's hospitals after contracting the virus, while 955 have died in care homes.

Meanwhile the England-wide death toll increased by 771 to 60,290, according to latest figures released by NHS England.

A total of 14 deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs across Birmingham including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, meaning the total now stands at 1,849.

A total of 11 deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands 536.

A further 11 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 1,061.

A further eight deaths were recorded at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 744 people have now died.

A further six new deaths were confirmed at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total remains at 483.

Two deaths were recorded at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll now stands at 502.

Elsewhere, the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust recorded six new deaths which takes the toll to 563. The Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust recorded one new death.

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