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Global COVID-19 cases top 51mn with 1.2mn deaths

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has exceeded 51 million globally on Wednesday morning, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

So far, 1,270,171 fatalities have been reported.

The US has surpassed one million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November amid a nationwide surge of infections that shows no sign of slowing.

Confirmed cases in the US surpassed 10,242,754, with over 239,618 deaths, according to JHU.

The country also hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalisations Tuesday.

The new wave appears bigger and more widespread than the surges that happened in the spring and summer — and threatens to be worse. But experts say there are also reasons to think the nation is better able to deal with the virus this time around, reports AP.

Newly-confirmed infections in the US were running at all-time highs of well over 100,000 per day, pushing the total to more than 10 million and eclipsing 1 million since Halloween. There are now 61,964 people hospitalised, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

New York remains the state with the highest number of deaths. The 33,705 cases of deaths recorded in the state account for about 14 percent of US fatalities.

Meanwhile, 201 more deaths were reported, raising the national death toll to 162,802.

Brazil currently ranks second worldwide in terms of COVID-19 deaths, only behind the United States, and third in terms of confirmed cases after the US and India.

India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 85,91,730 with 38,073 infections being reported in a day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 79,59,406 pushing the national recovery rate to 92.64 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The coronavirus death count climbed to 1,27,059 with 448 new fatalities.

Bangladesh reported 1,699 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours until Tuesday, raising the caseload to 423,620.

Besides, 16 more patients died from the virus infection during the period which took the fatalities to 6,108.

The death rate stood at 1.44 percent, said the Directorate General of Health Services.

So far, 341,416 patients (80.59 percent) have recovered – including 1,648 in the last 24 hours.

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.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said there is a need for constructive multilateralism more than ever as the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded that ‘no one is safe until everyone is safe’.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe. Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that global prosperity is embedded in collective actions, unity and international cooperation,” she said on Tuesday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh