More coronavirus-related deaths have been reported on ‘Super Saturday’ – the day when pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopened.
A further 39 people, who tested positive for Covid-19 had died, according to latest figures released by NHS England on Saturday, July 4.
The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England now stands at 28,871.
Nine of the daily deaths recorded took place in the Midlands.
Patients were aged between 45 and 99 years old and all patients had known underlying health conditions.
Their families have been informed, NHS England said.
The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:
East of England 9
North East & Yorkshire 4
North West 11
South East 3
South West 0
Five more deaths in hospitals in Wales were recorded and no new deaths in Scotland.
It comes as the pubs, restaurants and hairdressers welcomed back customers in the latest phase of the lockdown easing across the UK.
Across Birmingham, the streets have been largely quiet, with queues of up to 20 building outside pubs ahead of opening hours.
Three Geordies became the first people to get their hands on a post-lockdown pint as they queued for The Briar Rose pub in the city centre from 7am.
Elsewhere in the city centre, around 20 customers headed inside The Wellington pub to support a boozer which was forced to throw 20,000 pints during the shutdown.
While the heart of the city seemed relatively quiet, some spoke of their fears Broad Street could later see an influx of drunken revellers excited by their first night out in months.
Other punters in Harborne said they had ‘dreamed of this day’, while some wore masks as they clinked glasses and enjoyed the mild weather in the beer garden.
Hair salons and barbers were also seen enjoying their first custom since March, with some donning full PPE including aprons, gloves and masks.