POST TIME: 23 June, 2021 12:25:57 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 June, 2021 04:16:18 PM
Global Covid-19 cases top 179 million
UNB, Dhaka

Global Covid-19 cases top 179 million

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world. The total caseload has now surged past 179 million.
In fact, the global case count and fatalities stand at 179,095,448 and 3,880,875, respectively, as of Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Some 2,687,585,977 doses of vaccine have been administered globally to date, as per the university data.
The US, which is the world's worst-hit country in terms of both cases and deaths, has so far logged 33,564,656 cases and 602,455 deaths, Johns Hopkins figures reveal.
Neighbouring India is the second worst-hit country in the world in terms of infections. The country has so far recorded 29,977,861 cases with 389,302 deaths, according to the federal health ministry.
Brazil, which has the world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll, after the United States, has logged over 18 million cases to date.
On Tuesday, the country registered 87,822 new infections in 24 hours, pushing up the total caseload to 18,054,653.
Meanwhile, 2,131 more deaths from Covid-19 were reported during the period, bringing the national death toll to 504,717, said the ministry.
Situation in Bangladesh
The Covid situation continues to worsen in Bangladesh, creating new hotspots outside Dhaka. On Tuesday, the country recorded 4,846 fresh cases in 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 19.36%.
Besides, the deadly virus claimed the lives of 76 more people during the period, taking the national tally to 13,702.
The fresh cases have pushed up the total caseload to 8,61,150, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.59%.
Vaccine rollout
Bangladesh on Monday started administering the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at three centers in Dhaka to fight off Covid.
On May 27, the government approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine in the country.
Bangladesh on Saturday started administering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine across the country.
The vaccination started across the country with 11 lakh doses of Sinopharm gifted by China, said the DGHS.
Bangladesh is now administering the first doses of the Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines and also the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
As of now, 5,225 people have received the first dose of the China’s Sinopharm vaccine, including 1,505 in the past 24 hours.
Of the Astrazeneca vaccine doses, 4,273,325 have received the second shot and 5,820,015 the first one to date.