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Covid-19: Bangladesh’s fatalities rise to 7,966

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 7,966 on Thursday after the health authorities confirmed 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours until morning.

The caseload reached 530,271 with the detection of 584 new cases.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

So far, 3,515,428 samples have been tested – 14,797 in the last 24 hours.

A handout from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said the daily detection rate was 3.96 percent while the overall rate is 15.08 percent.

Until the morning, 475,074 patients (89.59 percent) have recovered.

“The mortality rate is 1.5 percent,” the DGHS said.

Global Covid-19 situation

The confirmed Covid-19 cases globally surpassed 96.8 million with over 2.07 million deaths till morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.

The US remained the worst-hit country, with 406,001 deaths and 24,432,829 cases.

In late 2020, the coronavirus pandemic entered its deadliest phase yet in the US, AP reported. The death toll from coronavirus surpassed 400,000 as the nation launched the largest vaccination campaign in its history.

In Brazil, the death toll from Covid-19 stood at 212,831 with a total 8,638,249 cases as of Thursday.

Meanwhile, India’s caseload reached 10,595,660 while the death toll surpassed 152,718 until Thursday.

Bangladesh gets Covid vaccines

Two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India reached Dhaka on Thursday.

A chartered flight of Air India carrying the vaccine landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:21am.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami handed over the vaccine to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque at a ceremony at state guesthouse Padma in the afternoon.

Foreign Minister Momen said that the arrival of two million doses of Oxford vaccine from India is sign of strong relations and goodwill between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Thirty million doses of vaccine are scheduled to arrive between January and June (five million a month) as per the agreement the government signed with Serum Institute Of India Pvt Ltd.

Health Minister Maleque on Monday said Bangladesh would receive the first consignment of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine on January 25-26.

“As per the guideline of WHO, we’ll first vaccinate those who are working with risks. And the elderly people will get priority. People below the age of 18 won’t get the vaccine,” the minister said.

He said the ICT department is developing an app to properly distribute vaccine.

Maleque said Bangladesh is also in talks with Russia, China and others for collecting more vaccine.

He said they have trained 4,200 people on vaccination and made a list of people who will get the vaccine first.

“Every journalist will get the vaccine as they work with risk,” he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh