Global Covid-19 cases top 146 million

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25th April, 2021 10:41:51 printer

Global Covid-19 cases top 146 million

More than 146 million people have been found infected with Covid-19 globally with 3.09 million fatalities on Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The total case count reached at 146, 091,986 while the death toll from the virus climbed to 3,096, 579 as of Sunday.

The US has now surpassed 32 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus cases nationwide reached 32,044,976 on Sunday. Covid-19 related deaths now total more than 571,922.

Brazil registered 3,076 more Covid-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 389,492, the country's Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.

According to the ministry, another 71,137 new cases were registered, bringing the country's caseload to 14,308,215.

Brazil is currently ranked second in the world in the number of deaths from Covid-19, surpassed only by the United States, and third in the world in the number of cases, behind the United States and India.

India has logged 16,610,481 cases while the death toll from the virus mounted to 189, 544.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded 83 more Covid-related deaths in 24 hours until Saturday morning, raising the total fatalities to 10,952.

Bangladesh’s coronavirus fatalities crossed 10,000 on April 15 and the death tally reached near 11,000 within 10 days as the country finds it hard to deal with the pandemic.

With the latest figure, the mortality rate rose to 1.48 percent from Friday’s 1.47 percent, the Directorate General of Health Services said in a handout.

Besides, 2,697 new cases were detected during the period after examining 20,571 samples.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 last year and the first death on the 18th of that month.

With the news cases, the total caseload reached 742,400 while the total number of recoveries is 653,151, including 5477 in the last 24 hours.

The surge in Covid infections prompted the government to go for a lockdown from early April but it turned out to be lax and loose. From April 11, the government imposed a ‘stricter lockdown’ and later extended it up to April 28.

On Friday, the government allowed shopping malls to reopen from April 25.

Vaccination campaign

Launched on February 7, a vaccination drive is underway across Bangladesh with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Bangladesh signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd for 30 million doses of the vaccine. But a record number of cases in India has made the delivery of the vaccine doses uncertain.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister AK Momen assured people that there will be adequate doses of the vaccine.

So far, 5,778,686 people have received the first dose and 1,967,975 have got their second jab, according to official figures.


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