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Global COVID-19 cases near 258 million amid vaccination

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Global COVID-19 cases near 258 million amid vaccination

The overall global number of Covid cases is fast approaching 258 million amid the worldwide race to vaccinate people against the infectious disease.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 257,520,965 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,150,520 as of Monday morning.

The US has recorded 47,730,591 cases to date and more than 771,118 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 22,017,276 cases as of Monday, while its Covid death toll rose to 612,659.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 34,510,413 on Sunday as 10,488 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, 313 deaths due to the pandemic since Saturday morning took the total death toll to 465,662.

Russia has confirmed 36,970 Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 9,331,158, the official monitoring and response center said Sunday. Meanwhile, the national COVID-19 death toll grew by 1,252 to 264,095, while the number of recoveries increased by 32,504 to 8,024,930.

Confirmed cases in Russia over the past seven days declined by 5.5 percent from a week ago, with Moscow seeing an even sharper drop of about 30 percent, the center said.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose 5% in the last week, making it the only region in the world where Covid-19 deaths increased. 

The U.N. health agency said confirmed cases jumped 6% globally, driven by increases in the Americas, Europe and Asia, reports AP.

In its weekly report on the pandemic issued late Tuesday, WHO said COVID-19 deaths in all regions other than Europe remained stable or declined, and totaled 50,000 worldwide last week. Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe.

It was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued to mount across the 61 countries and territories that WHO counts in its European region, which stretches through Russia to Central Asia.

Situation in Bangladesh

After seeing a deathless day from Covid-19, Bangladesh reported seven more deaths in 24 hours till Sunday morning along with 199 fresh infections.

Bangladesh on Saturday logged zero Covid-linked deaths with 178 cases.

The daily case positivity rate declined to 1.16 per cent today from Saturday’s 1.18 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Six of today’s deceased were men and one was a woman. Five of the deaths were reported from Dhaka division while one each from Chattogram and Khulna divisions.

With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 27,953 while the caseload mounted to 1,574,088. However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.78 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 17,135 samples, the DGHS added.

Besides, the recovery rate remained the same as 97.72 per cent with the recovery of 192 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Some of the leading public health experts in Bangladesh have warned that the current trend of plummeting Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh could well be the obvious calm before a cataclysmic storm.

Their fears center on children below 12 who remain out of the vaccine coverage and the elderly people.

These experts fear a slow pace of vaccination, waning vaccine immunity, sheer disregard for Covid-safety protocols, reopening of schools and increased travel may set the stage for another Covid wave in Bangladesh -- a trend many European countries are witnessing now.

BK

 

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