84 more coronavirus deaths across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 34 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire, along with 50 in care homes.

The deaths announced on Tuesday mean 7,161 people have now died with the virus in the region's hospitals.

On top of this, a further 1,339 have died in the region's care homes after contracting coronavirus – with a further 50 deaths confirmed in figures released on Tuesday. Twenty-four deaths were reported in Staffordshire, twelve in Sandwell, five in Birmingham, four in Walsall, three in Dudley and two in Wolverhampton.

In figures from NHS England on Tuesday, a further 372 deaths were confirmed in the country's hospitals – taking the total to 81,854.

A further nine deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the main hospitals in Stafford and Stoke, taking the trust's death toll to 1,323.

Six deaths were announced at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, meaning 686 Covid patients have now died at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Three deaths were reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, where 1,083 people have now died with Covid.

One death was recorded at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, meaning the death toll there rose to 688.

Fifteen deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals, taking the death toll there to 2,467.

No new deaths were announced at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, where the death toll at New Cross Hospital remains at 759.

Elsewhere, 10 deaths were reported in Worcestershire – with nine at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and one at the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 372 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 81,854.

"Patients were aged between 28 and 99 years old. All except 16 – aged 44 to 99 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from December 9 to February 22, with the majority being on or after February 14.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 15,631,937 coronavirus vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 2,912,847 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 78,526 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and February 22.

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