Another 79 coronavirus deaths at hospitals across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 79 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means a total of 5,468 people have now died in the region's hospitals after contracting the virus.

Meanwhile, a further 52 deaths were announced in care homes in the region in the latest figures, taking the death toll to 1,005. In the latest figures published on Tuesday, 27 deaths were confirmed in Staffordshire, 12 in Wolverhampton, eight in Birmingham, three in Walsall and two in Sandwell.

NHS England announced 842 hospital deaths, taking the death toll in the country's hospital to 62,295.

Thirteen deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where 777 people have now died.

A further 12 deaths were confirmed 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 1,090.

Eleven deaths were recorded at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross and Cannock Chase hospitals, where the total stands at 558.

Six deaths were were announced at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll now stands at 512.

One death was confirmed at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total is 492.

A further death was recorded at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation NHS Trust, where the total increased to 48.

One death was announced at the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where the total is now 54.

And 34 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 1,904.

Elsewhere, a further 13 deaths were recorded in Worcestershire – with 12 deaths at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and one death at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

A NHS England spokesman said: "A further 842 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 62,295.

"Patients were aged between 28 and 104 years old. All except 35 – aged 54 to 94 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from December 4 to January 18, with the majority being on or after January 11.

"Their families have been informed."

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