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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 8 die, 326 more infected in 24 hrs

The health authorities of Bangladesh recorded eight Covid-19 related deaths and 326 fresh cases in the last 24 hours until Sunday morning.

Bangladesh’s daily coronavirus infection rate fell to 2.53 percent.

So far, Bangladesh has confirmed 540,592 coronavirus cases and 8,274 fatalities.

The mortality rate stood at 1.53 percent, according to a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Besides, 487,229 patients (90.13 percent) have recovered.

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

So far, 3,848,116 samples, including 12,900 in the past 24 hours, have been tested. The overall infection rate is 14.05 percent.

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.

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

After the first dose, the second one has to be taken within 8 to 12 weeks.

Global Covid-19 Situation

Meanwhile, the global Covid-19 case tally has now surpassed 108 million.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data, the case count reached 108,576,068, including 2,394,694 deaths on Sunday morning.

The US remained the worst-hit country with 27,575,344 cases and 484,248 fatalities, according to JHU.

Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, has the world’s second-highest Covid death toll after the US, and the third-largest outbreak following the US and India.

Brazil has registered 238,532 deaths and 9,809,754 cases so far, as per the university data.

Meanwhile, neighbouring India has so far recorded 10,904,940 Covid cases and 155,642 deaths, its health ministry said.