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Global Covid cases top 479 million

The overall number of Covid cases has surged past 479 million as the pandemic enters into its third year.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 479,000,756 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,114,171 Saturday morning.

The US has recorded 79,936,777 cases so far and 976,505 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 43,018,032 on Saturday, as 1,660 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry data.

Besides, as many as 4,100 deaths due to the pandemic were reported since Friday morning, taking the total death toll to 520,855.

This sudden rise in the number of deaths in the country was because “4,005 deaths were reconciled by Maharashtra”, said a senior official at the federal health ministry.

Meanwhile, Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 29,809,769 cases as of Saturday, while its Covid death toll rose to 658,855.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 102 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours till Friday morning, taking the total caseload to 19,51,174.

As per the latest government data, the country’s total fatalities remained unchanged at 29,118 as no death was reported during the period.

The daily positivity rate increased to 1.03 per cent from Wednesday’s 0.76 per cent after testing 9,832 samples during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

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

The recovery rate rose to 96.15 per cent with the recovery of 1,268 more patients during the 24-hour period.

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