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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Five die, 410 get infected in 24 hrs

Five more Covid-19-related deaths and 410 new cases were reported in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.

A total of 957 people have recovered during the period, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

With the updated figures, the Covid-19 fatalities climbed to 8,384 and total infections to 544,954 in the country.

The daily infection rate now stands at 2.63 percent which was 2.65 percent on Wednesday, the latest figures showed.

The overall infection rate slightly fell to 13.61 percent, which was 13.66% percent on Wednesday.

The mortality rate remained steady at 1.54% for the past few days, the DGHS handout said.

So far, 494,755 patients (90.79%) have recovered from the Covid-19.

The authorities have so far tested 4,003,236 samples, including 15,560 in the past 24 hours.

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

Vaccination in Bangladesh

Covid-19 vaccination drive started across the country on February 7.

Bangladesh signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, the world’s largest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Serum will send five million doses each month between January and June.

The government brought down the age to 40 for registration to get jabs. The doses are being provided for free.

Some 2,673,038 people have received the first shot until Wednesday. The second dose has to be taken within 8 to 12 weeks of the first shot.

Global Covid Situation

Covid-19 continues to rage around the world, despite high rates of vaccination. In fact, the global caseload has now surged past 112.5 million.

The total case count reached 112, 534,393 while the death toll from the virus mounted to 2,497,023 on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The US, the worst-hit country in the world, has so far registered 28,334,797 cases and 505,803 deaths.

Brazil registered 1,428 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the fourth highest number of daily fatalities since the start of the pandemic, raising its nationwide death toll to 249,957, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.

The ministry also said that tests detected 66,588 new Covid cases, bringing the total corona caseload to 10,324,463.

Brazil has the world's second highest Covid death toll after the United States and the third largest caseload after the US and India.

Source: United News of Bangladesh