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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Daily infection rate rises, 6 more die

Bangladesh recorded six more Coronavirus related deaths and 635 new cases in the last 24 hours until Friday morning, registering a rise in daily infection rate.

Some 676 people have recovered from the virus infections during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Covid-19 fatalities have climbed to 8,441 and total infections to 549,184 in the country.

The daily infection rate stood at 4.63 percent which was 3.87 percent on Thursday. The overall infection rate slightly fell to 13.33 percent, which was 13.36 percent on Wednesday.

But the mortality rate remained at 1.54 percent for the past few days, the DGHS said in a handout. So far, 501,144 patients (91.25 percent) have recovered from the Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 4,119,031 samples, including 13,710 in the past 24 hours.

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

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

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

By Wednesday, 3,460,159 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.

The people, who are 40 or above, can register for getting vaccinated at as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.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

The global Covid-19 caseload was fast approaching 116 million until early Friday.

The total case count and death toll now stand at 115,584,230 and 2,568,083 respectively, as per the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on Friday.

The US remains the world's worst-hit country, with 28,824,499 Covid cases and 520,226 deaths 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 10,793,732 cases and 260,970 deaths so far, as per the data.

Meanwhile, India’s total caseload has reached 11,156,923 with 157,435 fatalities, according to the latest figures.

Source: United News of Bangladesh