Another 44 coronavirus deaths at hospitals across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 44 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 5,389 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 532 to 61,453, according to latest figures released by NHS England.

A total of nine 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 1,870.

A total of four deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 547.

A further 10 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 1,078.

A further 11 deaths were recorded at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 764 people have now died.

A further six deaths were confirmed at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total is 491.

Four deaths were recorded at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll now stands at 506.

An NHS England spokesman said: "A further 532 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 61,453.

"Patients were aged between 35 and 103 years old. All except 21 (aged 40 to 97 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from 13 December to 17 January 2021 with the majority being on or after 10 January.

"Their families have been informed."

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