Four new coronavirus deaths confirmed at region's hospitals

Four further coronavirus deaths have been confirmed at hospital trusts in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire.

It means that a total of 7,554 people have died with Covid-19 in hospitals across the region.

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 26 deaths on Wednesday, meaning 86,658 have now died in the country's hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

One death was announced at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, where the total is now 800.

A further death was recorded at the Walsall Healthcare Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, where the total increased to 720.

One death was reported at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford's County Hospital, taking the total death toll to 1,374.

And one death was confirmed at the University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, where the death toll is now at 2,599. The trust runs the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals.

No new deaths were announced at either the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, or the Dudley Group NHS Foundation, where the totals are 1,167 and 732 respectively.

Elsewhere, two deaths were recorded at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Meanwhile, 33,934,639 vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 5,284,561 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 1,189,709 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and April 13.

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