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Global Covid cases surpass 117 million

The global Covid caseload surged past 117 million Tuesday amid worldwide mass inoculation efforts.

The total case count and deaths now stand at 117,148,248 and 2,600,063, respectively, according to John Hopkins University.

The US continues to remain the world’s worst-hit country, with 29,044,110 cases and 525,752 fatalities to date, as per the university data.

Brazil reported an accumulative 11,051,665 Covid cases as of Tuesday amid a second wave of the outbreak of the disease, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,114 people have died in the past 24 hours -- a record for a Tuesday -- taking the national death toll to 266,398, the ministry said.

India has so far registered 11,244,786 cases and 157,930 fatalities, as per the country's official figures.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s coronavirus caseload rose to 551,175 after health authorities confirmed 845 new cases in the past 24 hours till Monday morning.

Fourteen Covid-19 related deaths were also confirmed during the period, pushing up the toll to 8,476.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said that a total of 1,037 people recovered from the virus infections during this period.

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

Meanwhile, the daily infection rate jumped to 4.98 percent from 4.3 percent on Monday.

But the mortality rate has remained unchanged at 1.54 percent for the past few weeks, the DGHS said in a handout. So far, 504,120 patients (91.46 percent) have recovered from Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 4,163,163 samples, including 16,958 in the past 24 hours.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

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

By Sunday, 37,89,352 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.

The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June.

People who are 40 or above can register for getting the jab at as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that the age limit for getting the vaccine will be revised once more doses are available in the country.

Source: United News of Bangladesh