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Global Covid cases top 438 million

The overall number of Covid cases has surged past 438 million as Omicron infections keep rising across the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 438,280,679 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,964,324 Wednesday morning.

The US has recorded 79,088,507 cases so far and 952,629 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 42,931,045 on Tuesday with 6,915 new cases registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry data.

Besides, 180 more deaths due to the pandemic since Monday morning took the total death toll to 514,023.

Meanwhile, Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 28,818,850 cases as of Wednesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 649,922.

Bangladesh logged eight more Covid-linked deaths with 799 fresh cases in 24 hours till Tuesday morning as the positivity rate kept declining.

The daily positivity rate slightly declined to 3.35% from Monday’s 3.65% after testing 23,883 samples during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On Monday, Bangladesh reported four more Covid-linked deaths with 897 fresh cases.

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 29,045 while the caseload to 19,44,376.

Among the new deceased, five were men and three women. Three deaths were reported in Chattogram division while two in Rajshahi and one each in Dhaka, Mymensingh and Khulna divisions.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.49%.

However, the recovery rate increased to 93.71% with the recovery of 7,460 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Covid situation in February

In February, the country reported 643 Covid-linked deaths and 1,44,744 new cases while 2,46,452 patients recovered from the disease, according to DGHS.

Among the 643 deceased during the period, 421 were unvaccinated patients, 61 were vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 158 with two doses and three with three doses.

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

On December 9 last year, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing.

The country reported 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.

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