Further nine Covid-19 deaths recorded in hospitals across the region

A further nine deaths have been confirmed 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 has increased to 8,020. Meanwhile the number of UK deaths has risen by 185.

Four deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Trust, where the toll is at 2,760. The trust runs the Queen Elizabeth, Good Hope, Heartlands and Solihull hospitals.

Four deaths were reported at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford's County and Royal Stoke University hospitals, taking the total number of deaths to 1,455.

And a further death was reported at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, where the toll is now 860.

No deaths were reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, where the toll is 1,250, or at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust stands at 743 whilst it stands at 773 at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

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