Global Covid cases top 402 million

The overall number of Covid cases has surpassed 402 million, with the Omicron variant’s rapid spread across the globe.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 402,919,300 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,775,363 Thursday morning.

The US has recorded 77,258,837 cases so far and 912,208 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

Russia is reporting a record daily count of new coronavirus infections, a tenfold spike from a month ago as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads through the country, reports AP.

Russia’s Covid-19 cases surged to 13,128,679 with 330,609 deaths, says JHU data.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 42,410,976 on Wednesday. So far, the country has reported 505,279 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, has registered 26,972,914 cases so far and 635,421 people have died from the deadly virus in the country.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 33 more Covid-linked deaths with 8,016 fresh cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

The daily positivity rate slightly declined to 18.83% from Tuesday’s 20.03% after testing 42,564 samples during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The number of deaths is the highest in nearly six months as the country last recorded 43 deaths on September 19 last year with 1,383 cases.

On Tuesday, Bangladesh reported 43 more Covid-linked deaths with 8,354 fresh cases.

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,703 while the caseload mounted to 1,887,271.

Among the new deceased, 24 were men and nine women.

Fifteen of the deaths were reported in Dhaka division, six in Chattogram, four in Rajshahi, two each in Khulna, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions, and one each in Barishal and Rangpur divisions.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate was recorded at 1.52%.

However, the recovery rate slightly increased to 86.56% with the recovery of 10,725 more patients during the 24-hour period.

On January 28, Bangladesh logged its earlier highest daily positivity rate at 33.37% reporting 15,440 cases and 20 deaths.

On December 9 last year, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing.

The country reported this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 last year along with 178 infections since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.

Besides, the country registered the highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year, while the highest number of daily fatalities was 264 on August 10 last year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh