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 7,545 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. No new deaths were confirmed in care homes in the Black Country, Staffordshire or Birmingham in figures released on Wednesday.

NHS England confirmed a further 34 deaths on Thursday, meaning 86,510 have now died in the country's hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

The death was confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, where the total of deaths now stands at 798.

No new deaths were reported at either the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, or the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, where the totals remains 1,165 and 732 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 Thursday, with the total standing at 2,596.

A spokesman for NHS England said: "A further 34 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 86,510.

"Patients were aged between 54 and 95 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

"Date of death ranges from December 26 to April 7.

"Their families have been informed."

Meanwhile, 31,812,141 vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 5,228,177 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 852,899 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and April 7.

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