The world has crossed the grim milestone of 120 million Covid-19 cases — a figure that shows the pandemic is far from over, despite high rates of vaccination.
The total Covid case count reached 120,187,100 while fatalities from the virus mounted to 2,659,913 on Tuesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The US still remains the world’s worst-hit country both in terms of cases and deaths. According to the university data, the US has so far registered 29,494,095 cases and 2,659,913 deaths.
Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll approached 280,000 on Monday, after 1,057 more people died from the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 279,286, the Ministry of Health said.
The ministry also reported 36,239 new cases, bringing the national count to 11,519,609.
Currently, the country has an average of 133 deaths and 5,482 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants, said the ministry.
India has so far registered 11,385,339 cases and 158,728 deaths, as per the latest official data.
Situation in Bangladesh
Amid the fear of a fresh wave of Covid-19 and detection of the UK variant of the virus, Bangladesh witnessed a sharp increase in the number of deaths and new cases on Monday.
The deadly virus claimed 26 more lives and infected 1,773 more in the past 24 hours till Monday morning.
With the latest figures, the Covid-19 fatalities have climbed to 8,571 and the total infections to 559,168, according to a handout of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The daily infection rate jumped to 9.48 percent from 7.15 percent on Sunday.
But the mortality rate has remained static at 1.53 percent over the past three days, which had been 1.54 percent in the past few weeks, the directorate said in the handout.
The virus infection rate came down to below 5% on January 19. It even had come down below 3 percent. However, the infection rate soared again on Tuesday last as it increased to 5.13%.
The infection rate was 5.98% on Wednesday while it was 5.82 percent on Thursday, 6.62% on Friday and 6.26% on Saturday.
Besides, 1,432 people have recovered from the virus infection in the past week or so. So far, 513,127 patients (91.77 percent) have recovered, according to the DGHS.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8, 2020, and the first death on March 18 the same year.
Authorities have so far tested 4,283,246 samples, including 18,695 in the past 24 hours.
Vaccination drive in Bangladesh
Bangladesh launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.
By Sunday, 4,398,094 people received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.
The government is providing the vaccine for free. It signed an agreement with India’s Serum Institute for acquiring 30 million doses of the vaccine.
The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June. Those who are 40 or above can register for getting the jab at www.surokkha.gov.bd as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that the age limit for getting the vaccine will be revised when more doses are available in the country.
Government strengthens measurers
The government is going to take a tougher position to fight Covid-19 transmission, Health Minister Zahid Maleque announced Monday.
The ministry has sent letters to the districts, directing officials concerned to levy fines on people flouting Covid protocols, he said.
After nearly two months, coronavirus infections topped the 1,000 mark on consecutive days late last week and jumped to almost 1,800 on Monday. “So the government is again going to take a tougher position,” Maleque said.
“Educational Institutes were scheduled to resume from March 30, but the closure will be extended if the infection keeps surging at the present rate,” the Minister said.
“We are concerned as the infection and the death rate of Covid-19 suddenly hiked,” he added.
Source: United News of Bangladesh