Six Covid deaths confirmed in region's hospitals and care homes

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

Three deaths were confirmed in hospitals – meaning the total number of Covid hospital deaths in the region increased to 7,563.

On top of this, a total of 1,390 have died in the region's care homes after contracting coronavirus. Three deaths were confirmed in Birmingham care homes in the latest figures released on Tuesday. No further deaths were announced in care homes in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton or Staffordshire.

NHS England confirmed 34 further deaths on Tuesday, meaning 86,776 people have now died in the country's hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus.

Two deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs City and Sandwell General hospitals, where the total increased to 1,169.

And one death was announced at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Royal Stoke and Stafford County hospitals, where the total is now 1,168.

A total of 800 people have died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, while 733 have been confirmed to have died at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and 720 at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

And 2,601 patients have died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Meanwhile, 36,447,797 vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 5,379,279 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 1,560,930 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and April 19.

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