Eleven further Covid deaths in region's hospitals

A further 11 coronavirus deaths have been announced in the region's hospitals – in the latest figures released by NHS England.

It means the total number of deaths in hospitals in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham now stands at 7,836.

NHS England announced a further 76 deaths in the country's hospitals on Friday.

Three deaths were confirmed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, taking the total number of deaths to 831.

Two deaths were reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General and City hospitals, taking the total number of deaths to 1,220.

A further death was recorded at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford's County Hospital, taking the total number of deaths to 1,418.

One death was announced at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs services in Staffordshire and Shropshire, where the total of deaths now stand at 58.

And four deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Trust, taking the total number of deaths to 2,702. The trust runs the Queen Elizabeth, Good Hope, Heartlands and Solihull hospitals.

No deaths were confirmed at any other trusts in the region on Friday. The death toll at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust stands at 763, while the total number of deaths at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is 735.

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