30 more coronavirus deaths across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 30 coronavirus patients have died in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means the total number of Covid-19 patients who have died in the region's hospitals now stands at 7,035.

A further 1,289 have died in the region's care homes.

In figures released by NHS England today, there were a further 309 deaths in the country's hospitals, taking the total to 80,424.

Eight deaths were announced by the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the death toll now stands at 1,057.

Four deaths were recorded at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, where the total deaths is now 748.

Three 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 1,306.

Two deaths were confirmed at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the toll increased to 667.

A further two deaths were announced at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, where the death toll stands at 676.

And 11 deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in the city including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the toll now stands at 2,428.

Underlying conditions

Elsewhere, four deaths were reported at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 309 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 80,424.

"Patients were aged between 21 and 101 years old. All except 11 – aged 42 to 96 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from December 20 to February 17, with the majority being on or after February 14.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 14,318,115 coronavirus vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 2,653,456 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 73,847 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and February 17.

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