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Cvid-19 in Bangladesh: Daily infection rate rises, 7 more die

Some 841 people have recovered from the virus infections during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the updated figures, the Covid-19 fatalities climbed to 8,435, while the total infections to 548,549 in the country.

The daily infection rate today stood at 3.87 percent which was3.74 percent on Wednesday.

The overall infection rate slightly fell to 13.36 percent, which was 13.40 percent on Wednesday.

The mortality rate remained steady at 1.54% for the past few days, the DGHS said in a handout.

So far, 500,468 patients (91.23%) have recovered from the Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 41,053,321 samples, including 15,985 in the past 24 hours.

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

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

By Wednesday, 3,460,159 people received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.

The government is providing the vaccine for free. It signed an agreement with India’s Serum Institute for 30 million doses of the vaccine.

The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June.

The people, who are 40 or above, can register for getting vaccinated at www.surokkha.gov.bd as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.

Besides, Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said that the age limit for getting the coronavirus vaccine will be revised once more vaccine doses get available in the country.

Global Covid-19 Situation

The global Covid-19 caseload surged past 115.2 million on Thursday.

The total case count and death toll now stand at 115,226,491 and 2,561,585, respectively, as per the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US remains the world’s worst-hit country, with 28,761,056 Covid cases and 518,458 deaths to date, according to the university’s tally.

The US death toll crossed 500,000 million on February 22.

Brazil ranks second worldwide after the United States in terms of the number of deaths from Covid and third in terms of the number of confirmed cases, after the United States and India.

The country has registered 10,718,630 cases and 259,271 deaths so far, as per the data.

Meanwhile, India’s total caseload reached 11,156,923 with 157,435 fatalities.

Source: United News of Bangladesh