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Global Covid cases top 191 million
UNB, Dhaka

Global Covid cases top 191 million

The global Covid-19 caseload has now surpassed the grim milestone of 191 million as the highly contagious Delta variant is spreading like wildfire in several countries even with mass inoculations underway.

The total caseload and fatalities stand at 191,389,727 and 4,114,267, respectively, as of Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

So far, 3,894,980,287 vaccine doses have been administered across the globe.

The US, which is the world's worst-hit country in terms of both cases and deaths, has so far logged 34,174,682 cases. Besides, 609, 529 people have lost their lives in the US to date, as per the JHU data.

Brazil on Tuesday registered 1,452 more Covid deaths in 24 hours, that pushed up its national fatality toll to 544,302, according to the country's health ministry.

As many as 27,896 new cases were detected during the period, taking the total caseload to 19,419,741, the ministry said.

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

The third worst-hit country, India's Covid tally rose to 31,215,142 after 42,123 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, as per the federal health ministry's latest corona data.

Besides, 489 deaths due to the pandemic since Monday morning has taken the total death toll to 418,511.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported 200 more deaths linked to Covid-19 in 24 hours till Tuesday morning, plunging the country into uncertainty.

The virus also infected 11,579 others during the period as Bangladesh stepped into a three-day Eid holiday with relaxation in the lockdown rules.

With the fresh figures, the total Covid caseload stands at 11,28,889 and the death toll at 18,325, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The country has been seeing 200-plus Covid-related deaths for the past two weeks on an average.

Bangladesh reported its highest daily Covid-19 fatality of 231 on Monday.

The new cases were reported after testing 39,510 samples. The case positivity rate slightly declined to 29.31% from Monday’s 29.59%, said the DGHS.

Meanwhile, the country’s fatality rate remained static at 1.62%. So far, 9,51,340 people have recovered from the disease, taking the recovery rate to 84.27%.

Dhaka division reported 51 of the deaths while Khulna saw 50 and Chattogram 49 deaths. Besides, 12 people died in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions each, 11 in Sylhet, eight in Mymensingh and seven in Barishal divisions.

With 3,822 deaths so far, July looks to be the most fatal month since the country saw its fast Covid cases in March 2020.

Earlier, the country saw 2,404 Covid deaths in April, 1,169 in May and 1,884 in June.

Also, July was the most fatal month in 2020, reporting 1,264 deaths followed by 1,197 deaths in June that year.

Hospitals are now overwhelmed with patients and struggling to cope with the country’s devastating second wave of Covid infections, driven by the Delta variant.