Dhaka, Dec 28 – Bangladesh saw the deaths of 23 more men and four women from Covid-19 in the 24 hours until early Monday.
The fatality number rose to 7,479 since the first cases were reported in the country on March 8.
Also, 932 new cases were reported during the same period, taking the country’s total caseload to 510,080, said the Directorate General of Health Services.
So far, 3,184,527 tests have been carried out. The overall infection rate stood at 16.02% and the death rate at 1.47
However, 453,318 patients – 88.87% – have recovered up to now.
Bangladesh is seeing 2,995.07 infections, 2,661.78 recoveries and 43.91 deaths per million.
The country’s infection number reached the 5,00000-mark on December 20. The first death was reported on March 18 and the death toll exceeded 7,000 on December 12.
The government has been warning of the second wave of Covid-19 in winter and urging people to follow health safety measures. It has also adopted a “no mask, no service” policy.
Bangladesh will get Covid-19 vaccines for around 4.5 crore people by May-June next year, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said recently.
“We will get 3 crore doses of vaccine for 1.5 crore people at the end of January or early February next year and 6 crore doses for 3 crore people by May-June.”
Covid-19 across the world
More than 80 million people have been infected with Covid-19. Over 1.7 million people have now died after contracting the virus since the first cases were reported in December last year.
But the numbers are thought to be higher because of insufficient testing in many countries.
The worldwide number of Covid-19 cases reached 80,865,200 and fatalities rose to 1,766,643 until early Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The infection tally in the US topped 19 million, while the death toll climbed to 333,140.
India confirmed 10,207,871 cases and 147,901 deaths until Monday. And Brazil’s case tally reached 7,484,285 and fatalities stood at 191,139.
The Latin American country had the world’s second-highest Covid-19 death toll – only behind the US – and the third-largest caseload – surpassed only by the US and India.
Global cases hit 50 million on November 8, topped 60 million on November 25 and surpassed 70 million on December 11.
It took 17 days for the global caseload to jump from 50 million to 60 million, 16 days from 60 million to 70 million and only 15 days from 70 million to 80 million. – Agencies