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Global Covid cases top 267 million

The overall number of global Covid cases has now crossed 267 million amid the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 267,087,259 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,270,558 Wednesday morning.

The US has recorded 49,380,791 cases to date and more than 791,514 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 22,157,726 cases as of Wednesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 616,018.

In India, which is currently seeing a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, the tally rose to 34,648,383, according to the federal health ministry.

India’s Covid-19 death tally mounted to 473,757 during the same period. Besides, India has so far confirmed 23 cases of the Omicron variant.

Covid situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged five more Covid-linked deaths and 291 fresh cases in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

With the latest cases, the daily case positivity rate increased again to 1.45 percent from Monday’s 1.44 percent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 28,010 while the caseload mounted to 15,78,011.

Among the latest deceased, four were men and one was a woman. Four deaths were reported from Dhaka division, while one was from Chattogram division.

However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.78 percent during the period.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 19,868 samples, amid the growing concern over the new Omicron variant.

Besides, the recovery rate slightly increased to 97.78 percent, with the recovery of 308 more patients during the 24-hour period.

On November 20, Bangladesh logged this year’s first zero Covid-linked death with 178 cases.

Bangladesh reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 5 this year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 this year.

Of the 113 deaths recorded from November 1 to November 30, 12.4 percent received Covid jabs while 87.6 percent did not, the DGHS mentioned.

So far, 3,84,97,417 people have fully been vaccinated in the country, while 6,53,07,376 received the first dose as of Monday, according to the directorate.

Among them, 1,39,802 students, aged from 12-17, have fully been vaccinated, while 9,70,160 students received the first dose so far.

Source: United News of Bangladesh