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Covid-19 death toll climbs to 6,906 in Bangladesh; new cases 2,202

Bangladesh on Tuesday reported 2,202 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, pushing the country’s total tally to 481,945.

Health authorities also recorded 32 more deaths from the disease during the period, raising the death toll to 6,906.

The mortality rate, however, is still at 1.43 percent, said the Directorate General of Health Services.

So far, 401,194 patients – 83.24 percent — including 2,571 new ones in the last 24 hours have recovered.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8. The infection number reached the 300,000-mark on August 26. The first death was reported on March 18 and the death toll exceeded 6,000 on November 4.

Until now, 2,894,622 tests have been carried out, including 17,084 new ones, and 16.65 percent of the patients turned out to be positive.

Bangladesh is seeing 2829.87 infections, 2355.72recoveries, and 40.55 deaths per million.

Global situation

The number of global coronavirus cases has crossed 67.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

According to data compiled by JHU, the caseload reached 67,564,565 while the death toll climbed to 1,544,148 as of Tuesday morning.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths with 14,949,229 and 283,703, respectively, according to JHU.

Daily infections in the country set a new record high of nearly 228,000 cases on Friday, according to AP.

New cases per day have rocketed to an all-time high of more than 190,000 on average.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,677,203 while the country’s death toll soared to 140,573 as of today.

Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll on Tuesday reached 177,317 after registering 376 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.

Meanwhile, a total of 20,371 new cases were reported, bringing the national count to 6,623,911.

UK starts vaccination

U.K. health authorities began rolling out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval.

The first shot came early in the morning at one of a network of hospital hubs around the country where the initial phase of the U.K. program will be rolled out on what has been dubbed “V-Day.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh