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Global Covid-19 cases near 113 million
UNB, Dhaka

Global Covid-19 cases near 113 million

Believe it or not, the world is fast nearing the grim milestone of 113 million Covid-19 cases despite high rates of vaccination.

The total case count reached 112,963,634 while the death toll from the virus mounted to 2,506,276 on Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The US, the worst-hit country in the world, has so far registered 28,409,391 cases and 508,084 deaths.

The first known deaths from the virus in the US were in early February 2020. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. The toll hit 200,000 in September and 300,000 in December, then took just over a month to jump from 300,000 to 400,000 and another month to climb to 500,000.

Brazil has so far registered 251,498 deaths and 10,390,461 Covid cases, according to the latest figures.

Whereas daily cases and deaths have fallen in many countries, Latin America’s largest nation is parked on an elevated plateau — a grim repeat of mid-2020. In each of the last five weeks, Brazil has averaged more than 1,000 daily deaths. Official data showed a confirmed death toll total of 251,498 on Thursday, reports AP.

Brazil has the world's second-highest Covid death toll after the United States and the third-largest caseload after the US and India.

India has so far recorded 11,046,914 cases and 156,705 deaths, as per the country's latest Covid data.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Five more Covid-related deaths and 410 new cases were reported in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours until Thursday morning.

A total of 957 people have recovered during the period, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in a handout.

With the updated figures, the Covid-19 fatalities have climbed to 8,384 and total infections to 544,954 in the country.

The daily infection rate now stands at 2.63 percent, which was 2.65 percent on Wednesday, the latest figures showed.

The overall infection rate slightly fell to 13.61 percent, which was 13.66% percent on Wednesday.

The mortality rate remained steady at 1.54% for the past few days, the DGHS handout said.

So far, 494,755 patients (90.79%) have recovered from Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 4,003,236 samples, including 15,560 in the past 24 hours.

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

Vaccination in Bangladesh

The Covid-19 vaccination drive started in Bangladesh on February 7.

Bangladesh last year signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, for acquiring 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Serum will send five million doses each month between January and June. Five million doses arrived in January and India gifted another two million doses.

The government brought down the eligibility age to 40 for registration to get jabs. The doses are being provided for free.