The global Covid caseload has now surged past 113 million, despite high rates of vaccination in several countries.
The total case count reached 113, 375,335 while the fatalities mounted to 2,515,896 on Saturday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The US, the worst-hit country in the world, has so far recorded 28,484,429 cases and 510,323 deaths, as per the data.
India’s total Covid caseload reached 11,063,491 and death toll 156,825 on Saturday morning, according to the latest figures.
Brazil has the world's second highest Covid death toll after the United States and the third largest caseload after the US and India.
The South American country's Covid caseload and death toll stand at 10,455,630 and 252,835, respectively, as on Saturday morning, as per the varsity data.
Situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s coronavirus caseload climbed to 545,424 on Friday after the health authorities detected 470 new cases in the past 24 hours until morning.
With 11 newly recorded Covid-19 deaths, the fatality count now stands at 8,395.
The mortality rate is 1.54 percent, a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services said.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18.
So far, 4,018,268 tests have been carried out – 15,032 in the past 24 hours.
“The daily infection rate jumped to 3.13% and the overall rate stands at 13.57%,” the DGHS said.
On Thursday, the daily infection rate was 2.63% which was 2.65% on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the health authorities reported 743 recoveries, taking the total to 495,498 or 90.85% of the total recorded cases.
Covid Vaccination Drive in Bangladesh
Bangladesh launched a countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive on Feb 7.
Until Friday afternoon, 4,108,165 people registered to get the first shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. By Thursday, 2,850,940 people had received the first dose. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.
The government is providing the vaccine free of cost.
Last year, the government signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India for acquiring 30 million doses of the vaccine. Serum will provide five million doses every month between January and June.
People, who are 40 or above, can register for getting the jab at www.surokkha.gov.bd. On-spot registration system has been scrapped.
Health experts and the government have been urging people to get registered and follow safety guidelines even after getting vaccinated.
Source: United News of Bangladesh