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Bangladesh’s daily Covid-19 infection rate drops below 3%

Bangladesh's daily Covid-19 positivity rate has dropped below 3% after going over the mark for two days.

The daily Covid-19 infection rate was 3.30% on Saturday and 3.13% on Friday.

The country recorded 385 more Covid-19 infections from 13,411 samples tested until early Sunday, resulting in a daily test positivity rate of 2.87%.

With the new infections, 546,216 people have now tested positive for the virus in the country since the start of the pandemic.

Also, the country saw eight new Covid-19 deaths, taking the national tally to 8,408. The fatality rate stood at 1.54%, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

The overall infection rate stood at 13.51%. However, 496,924 patients – 90.98% – have recovered so far.

Covid-19 vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh launched a countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive on February 7.

By Sunday, 3,110,525 people had 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 free of cost. It signed an agreement with India's Serum Institute for 30 million doses of the vaccine.

The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June.

People, who are 40 or above, can register for the vaccine at www.surokkha.gov.bd. The on-spot registration system has been scrapped.

Global Covid-19 cases approaching 114 million

Amid concern over the new variants of Covid-19, the global Covid-19 cases approached 114 million on Sunday.

The global caseload reached 113,864,015 while the death toll 2,526,793, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US, the world's worst-hit country, registered 28,554,724 Covid-19 cases and 511,998 fatalities.

Brazil had the second-largest number of deaths from Covid-19, following the US, and the third-largest number of cases, after the US and India. The country reported 10,517,232 cases and 254,221 deaths up to Sunday.

India has so far registered 11,096,731 Covid-19 cases and 157,051 deaths.

Source: United News of Bangladesh