Medical &Health

Global Covid cases surpass 107 million

According to the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count reached 107,316,506 while the death toll from the deadly virus mounted to 2,353,620 on Thursday morning.

Almost 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, are yet to administer a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine up to now.

And only 10 nations accounted for more than three-quarters of the 128 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

The US remained the worst-hit country in the world, with 27,284,458 cases and 471,377 fatalities, as per the university data.

Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, has the world’s second-highest Covid death toll after the United States, and the third-largest outbreak following the United States and India.

Brazil has registered 234,850 deaths and 9,659,167 cases so far, as per the university data.

Another worst-hit country, India has so far recorded 10,858,371 Covid cases and 155,252 deaths. These are the figures of the country’s health ministry.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 8,239 on Wednesday after the health authorities recorded 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours till morning.

“The mortality rate is now 1.53 percent,” the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

Meanwhile, 388 fresh cases were detected, pushing up the national tally to 539,153.

The daily detection rate fell to 2.59 percent, while the current overall rate is 14.22 percent. So far, 3,792,241 samples, including 14,999 in the past 24 hours, have been tested.

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

Vaccination in Bangladesh

The government launched a countrywide mass Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

Doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that Bangladesh acquired from India’s Serum Institute have been sent to hospitals across the country to make the inoculation drive a success.

The government has trained physicians and nurses to carry out the vaccination drive. So far, top government officials, Cabinet members, judges, policemen, along with general people, have received the vaccine.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on February 8 instructed the authorities concerned to bring down the age limit from 55 years to 40 to widen the vaccination drive.

Once one receives the first dose, the second one has to be taken within 8 to 12 weeks.