23 more coronavirus deaths across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

A further 23 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

The deaths announced on Sunday mean 7,267 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.

On Sunday, NHS England confirmed a further 149 deaths in the country's hospitals, taking the total of deaths to 83,123.

Seven deaths were confirmed at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, where 1,115 people have now died with Covid.

Six deaths were announced at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, where the death toll at New Cross Hospital increased to 771.

Four deaths were reported 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 1,334.

And six deaths were recorded 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 2,496.

No new deaths were confirmed at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust where the total remains at 698, or at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust were the total stands at 694.

Elsewhere, one death was reported at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

A spokesman from NHS England said: "A further 149 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 83,123.

"Patients were aged between 23 and 103 years old. All except six – aged 34 to 89 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from January 8 to February 27, with the majority being on or after February 24.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 17,641,792 coronavirus vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 3,316,170 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 93,129 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and February 27.

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