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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 18 more die, 602 infected newly

Eighteen more people died of Covid-19 in Bangladesh and another 602 got infected by the deadly virus in the past 24 hours till Monday morning.

The death toll from the pandemic rose to 8,041 while the total caseload reached 5,32,401, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in a handout.

So far, 3,570,387 samples have been tested, including 14,810 in the past 24 hours.

The DGHS handout said the daily detection rate was 4.06 percent while the overall rate is 14.91 percent.

Until this morning, 476,979 patients (89.59 percent) have recovered. “The mortality rate is now 1.51 percent,” the DGHS said.

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

Global Covid condition

More than 99 million people have got infected with Covid-19 across the world, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The total case count reached 99,177,542 with 2,129,134 fatalities as of Monday morning, said the data.

The US – the world’s worst-hit country – crossed the grim milestone of 20 million cases on New Year’s Day.

The country’s infection tally reached 25,124,064 and fatalities stood at 419,204 on early Monday.

Brazil registered 592 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 217,037 – the second-highest death toll in the world, the country’s Ministry of Health said Sunday.

Another 28,323 covid-19 cases were reported over the last day, taking the national caseload to 8,844,577, the ministry said.

Sao Paulo, the most populous state in the country, is the hardest hit, with 1,699,427 cases and 51,502 deaths.

Brazil’s outbreak is the third largest in the world, after the United States and India. The country is experiencing a second wave of Covid-19, with cases and deaths on the rise since December.

India’s total tally reached 10,654,533 while the country’s death toll mounted to 153,339 on Monday.

The United Kingdom has been another raging hotspot for the pandemic over the winter, and the country now stands poised to become the first country in Europe, and only the fifth overall (after the USA, Brazil, India and Mexico), to reach 100,000 fatalities – despite a population (66 million) that is almost half that of the smallest among the other four (Mexico with a population of 127 million).

As of Monday, the UK has recorded a caseload of 3.62 million, and 97, 329 deaths from Covid-19.

Mass vaccination

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to launch coronavirus vaccination drive at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on January 27.

She will inaugurate the vaccination programme virtually, said Abdul Mannan, Secretary of Health Service Division of the Health Ministry on Saturday.

The primary vaccine campaign will begin by vaccinating a nurse at the hospital, he said.

Bangladesh receives vaccine

The first consignment containing five million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine purchased by Bangladesh from licensed manufacturers Serum Institute of India under the brand name Covishield reached Dhaka on Monday.

Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh received two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India.

Source: United News of Bangladesh