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Global Covid-19 caseload close to 139 million-mark

  • Published at 01:58 pm April 16th, 2021
File Photo- Garment workers return from a workplace as factories reopened after the government has eased the restrictions amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 4, 2020  Reuters
Garment workers return from a workplace as factories reopened after the government has eased the restrictions amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 4, 2020 Reuters

The death tally around the world is nearing three million

The overall number of global Covid-19 cases is fast approaching the grim milestone of 139 million.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 138,858,768, while the death tally from the virus reached 2,984,626 on Friday morning. 

The US has recorded nearly 31.5 million cases to date, and more than 565,283 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 Covid-19 cases since January, has so far registered more than 13.7 million cases and 365,444 deaths.

Besides, India’s total Covid-19 cases have crossed 14 million, forcing the authorities concerned to enforce restrictions in many states from Wednesday.

India has so far registered 173,123 deaths from the virus, according to the government.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s coronavirus fatalities surged past the 10,000-mark on Thursday, 13 months after the first death from the virus was reported.

With 94 deaths, two less than Wednesday's, the death tally rose to 10,081. The mortality rate went up to 1.43% from 1.42%, according to government data.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 last year and the first death was announced 10 days later. 

Health authorities announced 4,192 new cases in a 24-hour period till Friday morning, according to a handout of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Bangladesh’s daily infection rate rose to 21%, up from 20.89% on Wednesday.

Coronavirus claimed 568 lives in January this year, 281 in February and 638 in March. 

Covid-19 vaccine 

The government launched a vaccination campaign on February 7 with doses received from the Serum Institute of India.

Experts are calling for ramping up the drive and urging people to follow the health guidelines to keep themselves and others around them safe.

On April 8, Bangladesh began its second phase of inoculation amid uncertainty over vaccine availability.

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