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Global Covid cases near 490 million

The overall number of Covid cases is fast approaching 490 million amid a rise in new infections in parts of the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 489,488,932 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,147,938 Saturday morning.

The US has recorded 80,140,160 cases so far and 982,334 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

Covid-19 hospitalisation numbers have plunged to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic, offering a much needed break to health care workers and patients alike following the Omicron surge, reports AP.

The number of patients hospitalised with the coronavirus has fallen more than 90% in more than two months, and some hospitals are going days without a single Covid-19 patient in the ICU for the first time since early 2020.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 43,025,775 on Friday, as 1,335 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, showed the health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 52 deaths due to the pandemic have been recorded since Thursday morning, pushing up the death toll to 521,181.

Meanwhile, Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 29,951,670 infections as of Friday, while its Covid death toll rose to 660,022.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 81 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours till Thursday morning, taking the total caseload to 19,51,658.

As per the latest government data, the country’s total fatalities remained unchanged at 29,122 as no death was reported during the period.

On Thursday, the number of infections was lower as 73 new cases were reported with no death.

The daily positivity rate increased to 1.09 per cent from Thursday’s 0.78 per cent after testing 7,370 samples during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Besides, the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.49 per cent.

The recovery rate rose to 96.44 per cent with the recovery of 893 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Covid situation in March

In March, the country reported 85 Covid-linked deaths and 8,000 new cases while 66,639 patients recovered from the disease, according to the DGHS.

Among the 85 deceased during the period, 44 were unvaccinated patients, 11 were vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 28 with the second dose and two with the third dose.

On March 27, Bangladesh logged its lowest daily positivity rate at 0.54 per cent reporting 43 cases with zero death.

The country reported its first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 last year, along with 178 infections, since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.

On January 28, Bangladesh logged its previous highest daily positivity rate at 33.37 per cent reporting 15,440 cases and 20 deaths.

Besides, the country registered the highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year, while the highest number of daily fatalities was 264 on August 10 last year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh