Further coronavirus death confirmed at Black Country hospital – but none in Staffordshire or Birmingham

One coronavirus death has been confirmed at a hospital trust in the Black Country.

The death announced on Wednesday means 7,521 patients have now died with Covid-19 in the region's hospitals.

No new deaths were confirmed in either Staffordshire or Birmingham in the latest figures.

On top of this, a total of 1,387 people have died in the region's care homes after contracting coronavirus.

NHS England confirmed a further 31 deaths on Wednesday, meaning 86,265 have now died in the country's hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus.

One death was announced at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, taking the total to 719.

No new deaths were recorded at either the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, or the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trusts, where the totals remain at 796 and 730 respectively.

There were also no new deaths at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, where the total is 1,370, or at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, where the total is 1,160.

The University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust also announced no new deaths on Wednesday, where the total stands at 2,585. The trust runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals.

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

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 31 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 86,265.

"Patients were aged between 57 and 100 years old. All except two – aged 57 to 83 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from April 3, 2020, to March 30, with the majority being on or after March 27.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 29,443,531 vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 5,103,206 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 538,302 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and March 30.

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