The death toll in the United Kingdom rose more than 100 for the first time on Thursday, with 40 of these new deaths occurring in the Black Country and Birmingham.
Eighteen patients were treated in Wolverhampton, the highest of all healthcare trustees in the country, and 22 were treated in Sandwell and Birmingham.
The 107 British patients included in Thursday’s figures were aged between 32 and 102 and all but two, aged 71 to 86, had basic health conditions.
It means that a total of 78 Covid-19 patients have now died in the Black Country and Birmingham, compared to 38 on Wednesday.
All the latest coronavirus deaths were confirmed between 5pm Tuesday and 5pm Wednesday, but some of the patients included in the numbers died until Monday.
The large increase may be partly justified by a change in the reports from the Department of Health, which means that the figures of 28 deaths on Wednesday included only confirmed deaths in an eight-hour period
Eighteen of the patients who confirmed death on Thursday were treated by the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs the New Cross Hospital, while 11 were entrusted to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
However, since the trust manages both the Sandwell General in Smethwick and the City Hospital in Birmingham, it is not yet known exactly how many died at each site.
The death toll in the UK now stands at 578, of which 521 in England.
Thirty-one people died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Wolverhampton and 34 died in Sandwell and Birmingham. Before the last digits two had died in Sandwell and 10 had died in Birmingham.
Eleven people died in Dudley, two in Walsall and three in Staffordshire.
Meanwhile, a national greeting will take place on Thursday evening to honor the hard-working SSN staff who are trying to fight the coronavirus.
In a gesture of thanks to the frontline health heroes, everyone across the nation was invited to take part in a round of applause from their doors, windows and balconies at 20:00.
Previously the grandson of a former Walsall adviser, who died in solitary confinement, had warned people to take the virus seriously.
Alex Peart encouraged people to “take every possible step” to reduce the risk of contracting the virus after his aunt Stephanie Peart died at the age of 60 while showing the symptoms of Covid-19.
The news came when Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a £ 9 billion support package where self-employed workers will receive a subsidy of up to £ 2,500 a month to help them cope with the effects of the coronavirus.
Sunak said the scheme will be open for at least three months and will cover 80% of the average monthly earnings of a self-employed worker.
But it may not be available until June and will only be available to those who have a tax return for 2019, which means that new self-employed workers will be inadmissible.
Mr Sunak’s scheme will be open to those who have a commercial profit of less than £ 50,000 in 2018-19 or an average commercial profit of less than £ 50,000 in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 period.
To qualify, more than half of their income in these periods must come from self-employment.
Elsewhere, police have been given new powers to sanction and arrest people who break the new restrictions on movement.
Officers were out in Wolverhampton this morning stopping cars to make sure they were traveling for essential travel only.
Those who ignore the movement rules could be hit initially with a fine of £ 60 and another for £ 120 for a second offense, the Interior Ministry warned.
Officers in England have been empowered to apply the rules to stay home and avoid nonessential travel starting at 1pm on Thursday.
At 9.00 on Thursday 11,658 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK.