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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Caseload now 538,765 with 8,229 fatalities

Bangladesh on Tuesday said it recorded eight more coronavirus-related deaths and 387 fresh cases in the last 24 hours until morning.

The national case tally soared to 538,765, including 8,229 fatalities. The mortality rate stood at 1.53 percent, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

Until morning, 484,573 patients (89.94 percent of the total reported cases) have recovered.

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

So far, 3,777,242 samples, including 14,468 in the past 24 hours, have been tested.

Currently, the DGHS said, the daily Covid-19 infection rate stands at 2.67 percent.

Coronavirus vaccination in Bangladesh

The government launched a countrywide mass 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.

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

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

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

Global Covid-19 Situation

Amid concern over the new variant of Covid-19 in different parts of the world, the global cases crossed 106.4 million as of Tuesday.

The global case count reached 106,471,878 with 2,315,055 deaths, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US has registered 27,090,932 cases as of Tuesday morning while its death toll mounted to 464,933.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,847,304 on Tuesday, its health ministry said. The death toll rose to 155,158.

Two types of vaccines are being administered to the people in India.

Brazil’s total Covid cases reached 9,524,640 with 231,534 deaths.