Sixty two more coronavirus deaths across Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

The figure announced on Saturday brings the total number of deaths from Covid-19 in the region to 1,756.

Meanwhile the UK-wide figure increased to 20,319.

The figure in England increased by 711 to 18,084.

Included in these were a further six deaths at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Foundation Trust, bringing the total to 224.

Ten more deaths were confirmed at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, which runs Stafford’s County Hospital and Royal Stoke Hospital, a rise to 174.

A further six deaths were announced at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, bringing the total of Covid-19 deaths to 205.

Two deaths have been reported at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell and City Hospitals, bringing the total to 269.

Another 38 deaths were reported at University Hospitals Birmingham, taking the total to 716.

One death was reported at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, bringing the new total to 147.

In Worcestershire, 10 more deaths have been announced, meaning 192 people have now died in the county.

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The daily announcements only include hospital deaths, meaning the full death toll is likely to be far higher, and refer to patients whose deaths were confirmed in the previous 24 hours – not who died in that period.

Some deaths are not included in the statistics for several days due to testing or family members being informed.

A NHS England statement said: “A further 711 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 18,084.

“Patients were aged between 34 and 100 years old. 87 of the 711 patients (aged between 34 and 90 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

“Their families have been informed.”

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