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Covid-19: Bangladesh reports sharp rise in infections; 7 more die

Bangladesh recorded 1,018 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning, showing a sharp rise in the number of daily infections.

Seven Coronavirus-related deaths were reported during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily infection rate jumped to 5.98 percent from 5.13 percent on Tuesday. But the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.54 percent for the past few weeks, the DGHS said in a handout.

With the latest figure, the Covid-19 fatalities climbed to 8496 and total infections to 553,105, the handout added.

Besides, it said, 1,264 people recovered from the virus infections during the period. So far, 506,613 patients (91.59 percent) have recovered.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8, 2020 and the first death on March 18 in the same year.

Authorities have so far tested 4,197,970 samples, including 17,032 in the past 24 hours.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

By Monday, 39,06,500 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who are 40 or above can register for getting the jab at www.surokkha.gov.bd as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.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 the age limit for getting the vaccine will be revised once more doses are available in the country.

Global Covid-19 situation

The death toll from Covid-19 surged past 2.6 million on Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The total case count globally stood at 117,537,686 while the total death toll climbed to 2,609,992 as of Wednesday morning.

The total Covid-19 cases in the US which remains the world’s worst-hit country crossed 29 million. The country’s caseload reached 29,093,946 and the death toll mounted to 527,643.

Brazil on Tuesday saw the record high daily Covid-19 deaths at 1,972 in 24 hours, bringing the national toll to 268,370.

Meanwhile, the country reported 70,764 new Covid-19 cases, taking the nationwide tally to 11,122,429, said the Ministry of Health in Brazil.

Brazil has the second highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world, after the United States, and the third highest number of cases, behind the United States and India.

Besides, India’s total caseload reached 11,244,786 and the fatalities 157,930 until Wednesday morning.

Source: United News of Bangladesh