An eight-year-old child is among the 420 people who have died with coronavirus in the latest figures released today.
The confirmed reported deaths of people dying with the virus in English hospitals has now reached 50,668.
The eight year old had underlying health conditions.
According to the most recent statistics, patients were aged between eight and 100 years old. All except 12 (aged 55 to 90 years old) had known underlying health conditions.
The date of their deaths ranges from November 24 to December 31 2020.
Hospitals in Birmingham have launched an action plan to protect the QE, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals.
Hospitals chiefs say they are ‘borrowing’ nurses and reopening mothballed wards and that staff are on their knees.
For the first time since May, Solihull Hospital has been forced to admit Covid patients because others are too full. Health bosses had deliberately kept Solihull “Covid-free” for other medical and surgical patients.
This comes as police in the West Midlands Police shut down a number of New Year gatherings last night.
West Midlands Police received 700 calls to reports of suspected Tier 4 rule breaches.
Of these, 20 ‘significant’ rule-breakers were found and fixed penalty notices were issued by the force.