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Global Covid-19 cases approaching 114 million

Amid concern over the new variants of Covid-19, the global Covid-19 cases is approaching 114 million despite widespread vaccination.

The global caseload reached 113,749,295 while the death toll 2,524,159 as of Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The US, the world's worst-hit country, has so far registered 28,554,177 Covid cases with 511,994 fatalities, according to the university's corona tracker.

Brazil registered 1,386 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 254,221, the Ministry of Health reported Saturday.

A total of 61,602 new cases were reported, bringing the national tally to 10,517,232, according to the ministry.

Brazil has the second largest number of deaths from the coronavirus, following the United States, and the third largest number of cases, after the United States and India.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous state in the country, is the hardest hit by the pandemic, with 2,037,267 cases and 59,428 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 582,164 cases and 33,035 deaths.

As of Friday, 6.4 million Brazilians have received at least one dose of vaccine against COVID-19, while 1.8 million people have received both doses.

India has so far registered 11,079,979 cases as of Sunday morning while the death toll mounted to 156,938.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded 407 more Covid-19 infections until early Saturday, meaning 545,831 people have now tested positive for the virus in the country since the start of the pandemic.

The daily infection rate rose to 3.30%, which was 3.13% on Friday.

Also, the country saw five new Covid-19 deaths, taking the national tally to 8,400. And the fatality rate stood at 1.54%, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

The overall infection rate stood at 13.54%. However, 496,107 patients – 90.89% – have recovered so far.

And 4,030,616 tests, including 12,348 new ones, have been carried out since the first cases were reported on March 8.

Covid-19 vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh launched a countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive on February 7.

By Saturday, 2,984,773 people had 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 free of cost. 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 the vaccine at www.surokkha.gov.bd. The on-spot registration system has been scrapped.

Health experts and the government have been urging people to get registered and follow safety guidelines even after getting vaccinated.

Source: United News of Bangladesh