Further 37 coronavirus deaths at hospitals across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 37 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 5,345 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 631 to 60,921, according to latest figures released by NHS England.

A total of 12 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 1,861.

A total of seven deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 543.

A further seven 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 1,068.

A further nine deaths were recorded at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 753 people have now died.

A further two deaths were confirmed at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total is 485.

No new deaths were recorded at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll now stands at 502.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 631 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 60,921.

"Patients were aged between 29 and 103 years old. All except 31 (aged 46 to 93 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 5 November 2020 to 16 January 2021 with the majority being on or after 12 January.

"Their families have been informed."

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