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Global Covid cases surpass 247 million

The overall number of Covid cases has crossed 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 247,447,923 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,011,786 on Wednesday morning.

The US has recorded 46,140,509 cases to date and more than 748,173 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, registered 21,814,693 cases as of Tuesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 607,922.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 34,296,237 on Tuesday, as 10,423 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry data.

Besides, 443 new deaths were reported during the period, taking the country’s total death toll to 458,880.

Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit another daily record on Tuesday, four days since a nationwide order for many Russians to stay off work took effect, reports AP.

Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 39,008 new confirmed cases and 1,178 Covid-19 deaths. The task force has reported record daily infections or deaths almost every day over the last month.

To reduce the spread of Covid, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a nationwide non-working period from October 30-November 7.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged three more Covid-linked deaths and another 229 cases of infections in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

The country reported two deaths caused by the deadly virus, the lowest this year, and another 214 cases on Monday.

The daily case positivity rate increased to 1.14 percent on Tuesday from Monday’s 1.08 percent. However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.78 percent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 20,048 samples, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

All the three deceased were women. With the fresh numbers, the Covid-19 fatalities reached 27,873 while the caseload climbed to 1,569,982, according to DGHS.

Also, the recovery rate increased to 97.70 percent, with the recovery of 211 more patients during the period.

On the 43th epidemiological week of the pandemic from October 25 to 31, 45 Covid-related deaths were reported in the country.

Thirty-nine of them did not receive any Covid vaccine, while six were vaccinated.

Of them, 23 had comorbidities. Comorbidity means the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.

On March 18, 2020, Bangladesh logged its first Covid-related death.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

So far, 2,98,97,953 people have been fully vaccinated in the country, while 4,28,14,447 received the first dose as of Tuesday, according to DGHS.

Meanwhile, the campaign to vaccinate school students in the age group of 12-17 against Covid began in Dhaka on Monday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh