One new coronavirus death confirmed at region's hospitals

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

The death announced on Wednesday means 7,544 people have now died with Covid-19 across the region's hospitals.

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 42 deaths on Wednesday, meaning 86,476 have now died in the country's hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

The death was confirmed at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the total of deaths now stands at 1,165.

No new deaths were reported at either the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, or the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, where the totals remain at 732 and 797 respectively.

There were also no new deaths recorded at either University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, where the total stands at 1,373, or the Walsall Healthcare Trust where the toll stands at 719.

The University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust also confirmed no new deaths on Tuesday, with the total standing at 2,596.

Elsewhere, three deaths were announced at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 42 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 86,476.

"Patients were aged between 33 and 98 years old. All except two – aged 33 and 55 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from October 20, to April 6.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 31,380,938 vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 5,216,583 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 791,776 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and April 6.

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