No new coronavirus deaths in region's hospitals for second day running

No new coronavirus deaths have been confirmed at hospitals in the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire for the second day running.

It means the total number of Covid-19 hospital deaths in the region remains 7,579.

A further 1,397 people have died in the region's care homes.

NHS England confirmed a further seven deaths on Tuesday, which means 86,974 have died in the country's hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

No new deaths were announced at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, where the total is 1,173.

A total of 800 people have died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, 737 at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and 720 at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

And a total of 2,608 people have died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The trust runs the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals.

Meanwhile, a total of 42,097,592 doses of the vaccine – including first and second – have been administered across England so far. In the Midlands, a total of 5,574,532 first doses have been carried out along with 2,446,074 second doses.

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