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Covid cases top 220 million globally

The global Covid-19 caseload has now surpassed 220 million, with the world still grappling to contain the pandemic.

The total caseload and fatalities now stand at 220, 223,874 and 4,560,727 respectively as of Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

So far, 5,427,674, 383 vaccine doses have been administered across the world.

The US, which is the world’s worst-hit country in terms of both cases and deaths, has so far logged 39,905,855 cases, according to the JHU, while 648,106 people have lost their lives to Covid to date.

Brazil currently has the world’s second-highest pandemic death toll after the United States and the third-largest caseload after the United States and India.

The country has recorded 20,877,864 cases with 583,362 fatalities so far, according to its health ministry.

The third worst-hit country, India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 32,945,907on Saturday. Besides, 440,225 people have died so far in the country.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 61 Covid-19 deaths and 1,743 cases in 24 hours till Saturday morning showing a slight downward trend from a day earlier.

Besides, the case positivity rate also declined slightly to 9.82 per cent from previous day’s 10.76 per cent, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The fresh numbers pushed the country’s total fatalities to 26,493 while the cases reached 15,12,026, according to DGHS.

The country last saw 112 Coronavirus-related deaths on June 29 and the fatalities reached its peak on August 5 and 10 when 264 deaths were recorded.

The new cases were detected after testing 17,750 samples during the 24-hour period, said the DGHS.

The recovery rate rose to 95.63 per cent, while the case fatality remained static at 1.75 per cent compared to the corresponding period.

However, the situation was much more catastrophic from June to the latter part of August as the country experienced a surge of Covid-related caseloads and deaths during that time.

Between May and June this year, there was a 273% rise in monthly caseloads and 162% in fatalities. In July, there was a 150% increase in caseloads and a 170% rise in deaths compared to the previous month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: United News of Bangladesh