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Global Covid cases top 337 million: Bangladesh cases jumping

Disease 2022-01-20, 10:01am


Covid - 19. People waiting in queues at a corona sample collection centre in Bangladesh. UNB

Dhaka, Jan 20 -- The overall number of Covid cases has now surpassed 337 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across the world. 

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 337,112, 379 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,563,776 Thursday morning. 

The US has recorded 68,508,181 cases so far and 857,672 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows. 

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 37,901,241 on Wednesday, including 282,970 new cases registered in 24 hours across the South Asian country, as per the federal health ministry's latest data. 

Wednesday was the seventh consecutive day when more than 200,000 daily new cases were registered in India this year. 

Besides, 441 deaths from the pandemic recorded since Tuesday morning took the total death toll to 487,202. 

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 23,433,277 cases as of Wednesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 622,121. 

Situation in Bangladesh 

Bangladesh reported 12 more Covid-linked deaths with 9,500 fresh cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning following a continuous rise in its infection rate. 

The positivity rate in the country further increased to 25.11 percent from Tuesday’s 23.98 percent after testing 37,573 samples, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). 

Bangladesh last logged 10,126 cases and 215 deaths on August 12 last year, with a positivity rate of 22.46% percent in 24 hours. 

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,176 while the caseload mounted to 1,642, 294 on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.72 percent. 

However, the recovery rate further declined to 94.64 per cent with the recovery of 473 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s total tally of Omicron cases reached 55 with the detection of 22 more cases till Monday, according to GISAID, a global initiative on sharing all influenza data. 

On December 9 last year, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing. 

The country reported this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 last year, along with 178 infections, since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020. 

Bangladesh reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 last year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 last year. - UNB