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Death toll from Covid-19 surpasses 2.6 million

The death toll from Covid-19 surged past 2.6 million on Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The total case count globally stood at 117,537,686 while the total death toll climbed to 2,609,992 as of Wednesday morning.

The total Covid-19 cases in the US which remains the world’s worst-hit country crossed 29 million. The country’s caseload reached 29,093,946 and the death toll mounted to 527,643.

Brazil on Tuesday saw the record high daily Covid-19 deaths at 1,972 in 24 hours, bringing the national toll to 268,370.

Meanwhile, the country reported 70,764 new COVID-19 cases, taking the nationwide tally to 11,122,429, said the Ministry of Health in Brazil.

Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world, after the United States, and the third highest number of cases, behind the United States and India.

Besides, India’s total caseload reached 11,244,786 and the fatalities 157,930 until Wednesday morning.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh saw a rise in its daily Covid-19 in cases in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning as the country registered 912 new cases.

Thirteen Coronavirus-related deaths and 912 new cases were reported during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the latest figure, the Covid-19 fatalities climbed to 8,489 and total infections to 552,087, the DGHS said in a handout.

Besides, it said, 1,229 people recovered from the virus infections during the period. So far, 505,349 patients (91.46 percent) have recovered.

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

Meanwhile, the daily infection rate jumped to 5.13 percent from 4.98 percent on Monday. But the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.54 percent for the past few weeks, the DGHS said.

Authorities have so far tested 4,180,938 samples, including 17,973 in the past 24 hours.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

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

By Tuesday, 4,013,963 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.

So far, 5,251,935 people have completed their registration for vaccine.

The government is providing the vaccine for free. It signed an agreement with India's Serum Institute for acquiring 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 the jab at www.surokkha.gov.bd as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.

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

Source: United News of Bangladesh