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Global Covid cases near 247 million

The overall number of Covid cases is fast approaching 247 million amid the global race to vaccinate masses against the infectious disease.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 246, 699,782 while the death tally from the virus reached 4, 999,486 on Monday morning.

The US has recorded 45,970,785 cases to date and more than 745,832 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, have registered 21,810,855 cases so far, while its Covid death toll rose to 607,824.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 34,273,300 on Sunday as 12,830 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 446 deaths due to the pandemic since Saturday morning took the total death toll to 458,186.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged six more Covid-linked deaths and another 211 cases of infections in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

The country reported eight deaths caused by the deadly virus and 166 cases on Saturday.

However, the daily-case positivity rate declined to 1.22 per cent from Saturday’s 1.25 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 17,226 samples, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the Covid-19 fatalities reached 27,868 while the caseload climbed to 1,569,539, according to the DGHS.

Among the deceased, two were men and four were women.

However, the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.78 per cent.

Also, the recovery rate increased to 97.70 per cent with the recovery of 276 more patients during the period.

Mass vaccination

Bangladesh on Thursday launched the second phase of its special nationwide mass vaccination drive, aiming to vaccinate 80 lakh people with the second shot in a day.

The 9am-3pm vaccination drive was part of the special campaign that was first unveiled on September 27 to mark Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 75th birthday.

On September 28, the first phase of the special nationwide mass vaccination drive was launched.

However, that target to inoculate 80 lakh people was not met in a single day. Across eight divisions, 66,25,123 people were vaccinated, “which is a record number of jabs inoculated in Bangladesh in a single day”, the DGHS said.

Besides, 80,93,236 people were vaccinated with the first dose under this campaign, which spilled over to September 29.

Bangladesh on August 7 kicked off its mass vaccination drive to inoculate some 35 lakh people in six days.

Vaccinating school students

A new campaign to vaccinate school students, aged 12-17, against Covid-19 kicked off at 8 centers in Dhaka on Monday.

Some 40,000 students will be vaccinated every day under the campaign, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque while talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh