Further 41 deaths of coronavirus patients at region's hospitals

A further 41 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

It means the total number of Covid-19 patients who have died in the region's hospitals now stands at 6,873.

In addition, 1,267 have died in the region's care homes.

In figures announced by NHS England today, a further 436 patients died in the country's hospitals, taking the total to 78,588.

Ten deaths were reported at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the main hospitals in Stafford and Stoke, taking the toll to 1,287.

Three deaths were confirmed at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the death toll now stands at 1,022.

A further 11 deaths were recorded at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, taking the toll at Walsall Manor hospital to 653.

No new deaths were announced at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, where the total remains at 729.

Eleven deaths were reported at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in the city including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the toll now stands at 2,371.

Six new deaths were confirmed at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll stands at 659.

Elsewhere, seven deaths were recorded in Worcestershire – six at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and one death at the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 436 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 78,588.

"Patients were aged between 21 and 100 years old. All except ten (aged 49 to 89 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from January 4 to February 12 2021.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 12,733,865 coronavirus vaccinations have been carried out across the country to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 2,343,336 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered, while 72,455 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and February 11.

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