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Covid-19: Global cases top 108.7 million

The number of global Covid-19 cases exceeded 108.7 million as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The global case count reached 108,791,798 while the death toll from the virus climbed to 2,399,393, according to JHU.

The US, which remained the worst-hit country in the world, has registered 27,639,455 cases with 485,332 deaths.

Besides, Brazil reported 24,759 new COVID-19 infections and 713 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the national counts to 9,834,513 and death toll 239,245.

Brazil has the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll after the United States and the third largest caseload after the United States and India.

More than 5 million people in Brazil have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while over 190,000 have had the second dose.

India’s total caseload stood at 10,904,940 on Monday and while the death toll at 155,642, according to the university data.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded eight more Covid-19-related deaths and 326 fresh cases in the last 24 hours till Sunday morning, showing a little bit of rise in infection rate.

With the fresh figures, the death toll from the Coronavirus in the country rose to 8,274 and the caseload to 540,592, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

In a handout, the DGHS said the daily coronavirus infection rate in Bangladesh rose to 2.53 percent from Saturday’s 2.26 percent. The overall infection rate is now 14.05 percent.

The mortality rate stood at 1.53 percent on Sunday the handout said adding that 487,229 patients (90.13 pc) have so far recovered from the virus infection so far.

As of now, 3,848,116 samples have been tested, including 12,900 in the past 24 hours.

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

Coronavirus vaccination in Bangladesh

The government launched a countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

Doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that Bangladesh brought from India’s Serum Institute have been sent to hospitals across the country to make the inoculation drive a success.

Physicians and nurses have been trained to carry out the vaccination drive. So far, top government officials, Cabinet members, judges, policemen, along with general people, have received the vaccine.

On February 8, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instructed the authorities concerned to bring down the age limit from 55 years to 40 to widen the drive.