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Global Covid-19 death toll hits 2.7 million

More than 2.7 million people have died due to Covid-19 pandemic across the globe while over 122.7 million people have infected with the virus till Sunday.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total caseload reached 122,744,816 while the death toll mounted to 2,709,178 as of Sunday morning.

The US has the world’s highest official death toll with 541,909 fatalities. Besides, the US has registered 29,782,305 cases amid the rollout of vaccine.

The next worst affected country is Brazil which has registered 292,752 deaths with a record of 11,950,459 cases in the country.

Brazil on Saturday reported 2,438 deaths from Covid-19 as healthcare systems continue to collapse across the country.

Meanwhile, the country also registered 79,069 new cases.

The South American country is experiencing a new wave of infections generated by the P.1 strain that emerged in the northern state of Amazonas in November last year and the movement of people during the summer vacation.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 11,555,284 on Saturday, with both the daily cases and new deaths hitting the highest this year.

A total of 40,953 new cases and 188 more deaths were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

The death toll mounted to 159,558 in the country.

The number of daily active cases had been on the rise over the past few days as another wave of COVID-19 looms large in India.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s daily Covid-19 infection rate fell slightly to 9.39 percent on Saturday from 10.04 percent a day earlier.

In the last 24 hours until morning, the health authorities registered 26 more coronavirus-related deaths and 1,868 new cases.

The latest figures have pushed the Covid-19 fatalities to 8,668 and the total infections to 568,706, according to a handout by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Meanwhile, the mortality rate stood at 1.52 percent for the second day after remaining static at 1.53 percent for the past week.

Covid-19 infection rate had come down to below 5 percent on January 19 last. It even fell below 3 percent but soared again on February 9.

So far, 520,718 patients (91.56 percent) have recovered, including 1,577 in the last 24 hours, according to DGHS.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8, 2020 and the first death on March 18 the same year.

Authorities have so far tested 4,388,011 samples, including 19,900 in the past 24 hours.

Precautionary steps strengthened

The government has taken a tougher stance to fight Covid-19 transmission.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on February 15 said that the Health Ministry has sent letters to districts, directing the officials concerned to impose fines on people flouting Covid protocols.

He said the government was concerned as the infection and death rates spiked suddenly.

Educational institutions, originally scheduled to reopen on March 30, will remain shut for longer period if the infection keeps surging at the present rate, Maleque said.

Bangladesh started its countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

By Saturday, 4,760,747 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.

Source: United News of Bangladesh