City Hospital, part of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, will be redirecting all 999 emergencies to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham city centre. Sandwell and Birmingham have the second and third highest COVID-19 rates in the West Midlands.
The leader of Birmingham City Council has admitted the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham may not go ahead, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the sporting schedule.
Dr Tang, a consultant virologist at the University of Leicester, says wearing masks can help protect against the new variant of coronavirus. He also told ITV News Central about why supermarkets enforcing harsher mask-wearing measures could be a good thing.
Many parts of the region are bearing the brunt of the new coronavirus variant, but few are feeling the strain as much as those on the front line. We visit Kettering Intensive Care Unit to meet the staff saving lives.