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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Death toll reaches 8,253

Bangladesh reported five new Covid-19 deaths until early Friday, including four in Dhaka, taking the national tally to 8,253.

The fatality rate stood at 1.53%, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

However, the daily infection rate fell to 2.82% with 404 new cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the caseload to 539,975.

So far, 3,822,345 tests, including 14,328 new ones, have been carried out since the first cases were reported on March 8.

The overall infection rate stood at 14.13%. However, 486,393 patients – 90.08% – have recovered so far, the DGHS said.

Coronavirus vaccination in Bangladesh

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

Doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – 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 the general people, have received the vaccine.

Covid-19 across the world

Meanwhile, the global Covid-19 case tally has now surpassed 107 million.

The case count reached 107,854,439 and the death toll climbed to 2,370,280 until early Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US remained the worst-hit country with 27,392,803 cases and 475,457 fatalities.

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

The country registered 236,201 deaths and 9,713,909 cases until early Friday.

Meanwhile, India recorded 10,880,603 Covid-19 cases and 155,447 deaths.

However, almost 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, are yet to administer a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Only 10 nations accounted for more than three-quarters of the 128 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.