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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Country’s caseload now 550,330; death toll 8,462

Bangladesh’s coronavirus caseload rose to 550,330 on Sunday after the health authorities confirmed 606 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Eleven Covid-19 related deaths were confirmed, pushing up the local fatalities to 8,462.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 1,037 people recovered from the virus infections during this period.

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

Meanwhile, the daily infection rate jumped to 4.3 percent from 4.13 percent on Saturday.

But the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.54 percent for the past few days, the DGHS said in a handout. So far, 503,003 patients (91.4 percent) have recovered from Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 41,46,205 samples, including 14,092 in the past 24 hours.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

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

By Saturday, 3,682,152 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 30 million doses of the vaccine.

The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June.

People who are 40 or above can register for getting vaccinated at www.surokkha.gov.bd as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.

Besides, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that the age limit for getting the coronavirus vaccine will be revised once more vaccine doses are available in the country.

Global Covid-19 Situation

Over 116.4 million people have been infected with Covid-19 globally as of Sunday amid worldwide mass inoculation efforts.

The total case count and death toll now stand at 116,468,157 and 2,586,872, respectively, as per the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on early Sunday.

The US remains the world's worst-hit country, with 28,949,592 Covid cases and 524,262deaths to date, according to the university's tally. The US death toll crossed 500,000 million on February 22.

Brazil ranks second worldwide after the United States in terms of the number of deaths from Covid and third in terms of the number of confirmed cases, after the United States and India.

The country has registered 10,938,836 cases and 264,325deaths so far, as per the data.

Meanwhile, India’s total caseload has reached 11,192,088 with 157,656 fatalities, according to the latest figures.

Source: United News of Bangladesh