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Global Covid cases near 116 million

The world is fast approaching the grim milestone of 116 million Covid-19 cases, despite a global vaccination rollout.

The total case count reached 115,584,230 while fatalities mounted to 2,568,083 Friday, as per the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US remains the world's worst-hit country, with 28,824,499 Covid cases and 520,226 deaths to date, according to the university's tally.

The US death toll crossed 500,000 million on February 22.

In fact, the first known deaths from the virus in the US were reported in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths.

The death toll hit 200,000 in September and 300,000 in December. Then it took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 and about two months to climb from 400,000 to 500,000.

Brazil ranks second worldwide after the United States in terms of deaths from Covid and third in terms of confirmed cases, after the United States and India.

The country has registered 10,793,732 cases and 260,970 deaths so far, as per the data.

Meanwhile, India’s total caseload has reached 11,156,923 with 157,435 fatalities, according to the latest figures.

Covid-19 Situation in Bangladesh

Covid-19 has claimed seven more lives and infected 619 more people in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours til Thursday morning, registering a rise in its daily infection rate.

Some 841 people have recovered from the virus infections during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the updated figures, the Covid-19 fatalities has risen to 8,435 and total infections to 548,549 in the country.

However, the overall infection rate slightly fell to 13.36 percent on Thursday, which was 13.40 percent on Wednesday.

The mortality rate has remained steady at 1.54% over the past few days, the DGHS said in a handout.

So far, 500,468 patients (91.23%) have recovered from Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 41,053,321 samples, including 15,985 in the past 24 hours.

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

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

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

By Wednesday, 3,460,159 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.

Source: United News of Bangladesh