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Global Covid cases surpass 100 million

The total of confirmed Covid cases worldwide has now surged past 100 million.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count reached 100, 850,283 while the death toll climbed to 2,173,938 on Thursday morning.

The US remained the worst-hit country in the world, with 25,595,302 cases and 429,157 fatalities, as per the data.

The number of dead in the US has been running at close to all-time highs at nearly 3,350 a day on an average, reports AP.

But newly confirmed cases have dropped over the past two weeks from an average of about 248,000 per day to around 166,000. And the number of people in the hospital with Covid-18 has fallen by tens of thousands to 109,000.

At the same time, US health experts have warned that the more contagious and possibly more lethal variant sweeping Britain will probably become the dominant source of infection in the country by March. It has been reported in over 20 states.

Brazil registered 1,283 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 63,520 new cases in the past 24 hours, the government said Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the death toll has climbed to 220,161 and the caseload to 8,996,876 since the start of the pandemic here in late February.

Brazil, which is experiencing a second wave of rising infections and deaths since December, began mass inoculation against Covid last week, with six million doses of CoronaVac, a vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac in collaboration with the Butantan Institute of Sao Paulo, and two million doses of a vaccine by Britain’s AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

India’s total caseload has reached 10,689,527, while about 153,724 people have died so far from the virus, according the latest Ministry of Health data.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 8,055 on Tuesday as the health authorities recorded 14 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours till morning.

“The mortality rate is now 1.51 percent,” the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

Meanwhile, 515 new cases have been identified, pushing up the national tally to 532,916.

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

Mass vaccination

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a coronavirus vaccination drive at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on January 27.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that 70 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines are currently available in the country.

“The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is the safest one in the world. The treatment facilities are there in the case of any side-effect of the vaccination is seen,” the Minister said Wednesday.

The online registration for possible recipients of the inoculation has also started, said PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah.

For getting a shot, one will have to register on www.surokkha.gov.bd, he said.

Now, the vaccination programme will initially be conducted at five centres in the capital and then the nationwide inoculation will start in early February.

Source: United News of Bangladesh