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Bangladesh’s Covid-19 death toll climbs to 8,175

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 8,175 on Thursday after the health authorities recorded 13 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours till morning.

“The mortality rate is now 1.52 percent,” the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

Meanwhile, 485 new cases were identified, pushing up the national tally to 537,030.

The daily detection rate fell to 3.18 percent while the current overall rate is 14.48 percent. So far, 3,708,907 samples have been tested, including 15,273 in the past 24 hours.

Until the morning, 481,917 patients (89.74 percent) have recovered.

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

Global Covid situation

Coronavirus cases have crossed the grim milestone of 104 million despite a drop in the number of new infections for the third week in a row.

The total global Covid caseload reached 104,438,604 while deaths from the virus infection touched 2,267,947 on Thursday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) tally.

The US remained the worst-hit, with 26,557,031 Covid cases and 450,797deaths, as per the university data.

Brazil total caseload rose to 9,339,420 and the death toll at 227,563, according to the Health Ministry.

So far, neighbouring India has recorded 10,790,183 Covid cases and 154,703 deaths, according to its Health Ministry.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a Covid-19 vaccination drive at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on January 27.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said at the launch that seven million doses of Covid-19 vaccine are now available in the country. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is the safest one in the world.