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Covid-19: Bangladesh reports 13 more deaths, 438 fresh cases

Thirteen more people died of Covid-19 and 438 others got infected by the deadly virus in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till 8 am on Wednesday.

With the fresh ones, the total death toll from the virus in the country reached 8,162 while the mortality rate stood at 1.52 percent, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

It said the daily Covid-19 infection rate in the country is now 2.92 percent.

Meanwhile, the new cases pushed up the national tally to 536,545, putting the current overall detection rate at 14.53 percent.

Until this morning, 481,306 patients (89.70 percent of the total reported cases) have recovered.

So far, 3,693,634 samples were tested, including 15,147 during the past 24 hours.

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

Global Covid-19 Situation

The world is nearing the grim milestone of 104 million Covid-19 cases, despite a drop in the number of new infections for the third week in a row.

The total global Covid caseload reached 103,847,377 while the deaths from the virus infection touched 2,251,944 on Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US, the world’s most powerful country, remained the globe’s worst-hit, with 26,431,145 Covid cases and 446,746 deaths, as per the university data.

Brazil registered 54,096 new Covid-19 infections and 1,210 deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising the total caseload to 9,283,418 and the death toll to 226,309, the Brazilian Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Brazil, which has the world’s second-largest Covid death toll after the United States, has seen more than 1,000 deaths a day on an average in the past three weeks.

So far, neighbouring India has recorded 10,766,245 Covid cases and 154,586 deaths, according to the Health Ministry.

Vaccination in Bangladesh

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

“Some 70 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines are now available in the country. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is the safest one in the world,” Health Minister Zahid Maleque said at the launching event. For getting a shot, one needs to get registered on www.surokkha.gov.bd.

For now, the vaccination programme will be limited to five centres in the capital and nationwide inoculation will start in early February.