A further 53 people have died from Covid in Birmingham and the Midlands – the joint highest across all of the regions in England.

NHS England said a further 258 people, who tested positive for coronavirus, have died in hospitals across the nation.

Patients were aged between 29 and 101 years old, it said. All except 17 – aged 52 to 100 years old – had known underlying health conditions.

The date of death ranges from December 10, 2020 to February 20, 2021 – with the majority being on or after February 17. Their families have been informed, NHS England added.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 81,304.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

East of England – 37

London – 25

Midlands – 53

North East & Yorkshire – 53

North West – 23

South East – 46

South West – 21

TOTAL: 258

NHS England and NHS Improvement publish the number of patients who have died in hospital and tested positive for Covid-19 in England.

Since April 28, 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement also reports the number of patient deaths where there has been no Covid-19 positive test result, but where COVID-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on part 1 or part 2 of the death certification process.

This change has been introduced for deaths that occurred on April 24 and subsequently.

It means the NHS England and NHS Improvement data collection provides information on all COVID related – suspected and confirmed – deaths in England hospitals.

Today, Sunday, February 21, it was revealed 31 deaths have been reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

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