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Global Covid-19 cases rise to 119.4 m

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases in different parts of the world, more than 119.4 million people have been infected with the virus globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The total case count reached 119,487, 107 and the death toll mounted to 2,647,950 as of Saturday morning.

Death toll in the US has surpassed 534,279 while the total caseload from the virus reached 29,399, 486.

The U.S. has experienced 1 in 5 deaths worldwide, compared with 1 in 75 deaths globally by the rough estimates of the pandemic a century ago, reports AP.

Brazil reported 76,178 new COVID-19 cases with 1,997 deaths over the past 24 hours, Brazil health ministry said.

Brazil has thus registered 11,439,558 cases with 277,102 deaths so far, it said.

Sao Paulo, the country's most affected state by the disease, registered 434 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its total death tally to 63,965. Local health authorities said hospital capacity of the state is approaching the limit.

India’s total tally exceeded 11,333, 728 while the death toll from the virus crossed 158,446 as of Sunday.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's daily Covid-19 cases continued to pass the 1,000-mark for the last four days with the country reporting 1,014 new cases in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning.

Twelve more Covid-19-related deaths were reported during the period, putting the mortality rate at 1.53%, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily percentage of people testing positive for the virus surged past 5% a few days back after a month of downtrend. The infection rate stood at 6.26% on Saturday after a slight fall from 6.62% on Friday.

However, the country's daily Covid-19 cases stayed below the 1,000-mark before Wednesday when the daily Covid-19 cases rose to 1,018.

Before that, a daily caseload of above 1,000-mark – 1,071 cases – were recorded on January 10.

With the new numbers, the death toll went up to 8,527 and total infections to 556,236, the DGHS said.

However, 1,138 people recovered from Covid-19 during the same period.

So far, 510,310 patients – 91.74% – have recovered in the country since the first cases were reported on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18 in the same year.

The country’s health authorities have so far tested 4,248,345 samples, including 16,206 in the past 24 hours.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

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

By Saturday , 4,304,259 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 acquiring 30 million doses of the vaccine.

The institute will provide 5 million doses every month between January and June.

Those who are 40 or above can register for getting the jab at as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.

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

Source: United News of Bangladesh