Further 22 Covid deaths in region's care homes – but none in hospitals

A further 22 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in care homes across the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

However, no deaths were confirmed in the region's hospitals in the latest figures released on Tuesday – meaning the total number of Covid deaths in hospitals remains at 7,590.

Meanwhile, the latest 22 deaths confirmed in the region's care homes means 1,436 people have died in care homes in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham after testing positive for coronavirus.

In the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Tuesday, eight deaths were announced in care homes in Staffordshire, five in Birmingham, three in Wolverhampton, three in Sandwell, two in Walsall and one in Dudley.

NHS England confirmed a further eight deaths on Tuesday in the country's hospitals – but none were in the Midlands region.

Overall, a total of 801 people have died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, 740 at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, and 722 at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

At the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust a total of 1,715 have died, and at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS trust 1,377 have died.

And 2,611 have died at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The trust runs the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals.

A total of 48,112,071 vaccinations have been carried out across England to date – including first and second doses.

In the Midlands, 5,821,538 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 3,327,298 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and May 17.

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