Thursday, 21 October, 2021
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Global Covid cases near 237 million

Global Covid cases near 237 million

The overall number of global Covid cases is fast approaching 237 million even with mass inoculations underway in several countries.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 236, 737,258 while the death tally from the virus reached 4,833,670 on Friday morning.

The US has recorded 44,158,48 cases to date and more than 710,173 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 21,532,558 cases as of Thursday, while its Covid death toll has risen to 599,865.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 33,914,465 on Thursday, as 21,463 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, according to the federal health ministry.

Besides, 277 fresh deaths since Tuesday have pushed up the death toll to 450,160. A total of 151 deaths were reported from the southern state of Kerala, the most affected.

Situation in Bangladesh

Covid-19 in Bangladesh claimed 12 more lives and infected 663 others in 24 hours till Thursday morning.

The single-day daily death toll is the lowest since March 17 this year when the country recorded 11 Covid-related deaths.

The fresh cases were detected after 22,321 samples were tested, which have slightly increased the daily case positivity rate to 2.97 percent from Wednesday’s 2.88 percent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With this, the daily case positivity rate in the country remained below 5 percent for the 14th consecutive day.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if the daily-case positivity rate remains at 5 percent or below for 14 days, it is considered safe for mass unlocking.

In Bangladesh, the daily case positivity rate reached its peak of 32.55 percent on July 24 this year.

The fresh numbers took the total fatalities to 27,647 while the caseload mounted to 15,60,818, said the DGHS.

However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77 percent.

The recovery rate remained unchanged at 97.50 percent, with the recovery of 664 more patients during the period.

So far, 15,21,777 people have recovered from the deadly virus infection, the DGHS said.