Global coronavirus deaths near 3 million

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world. In fact, Covid-19 has already claimed over 2.9 million lives and infected more than 136 million people globally.

The total case count reached 136,493,176 while the death toll from the virus climbed to 2,944,366 on Tuesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US, the world’s worst-affected country, has so far registered 31,267,311 cases and 562,521 deaths, as per the latest data released by the university.

Besides, Brazil registered 1,480 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 354,617, the country's ministry of health reported on Monday.

The ministry also said that another 35,785 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide count to 13,517,808.

India is in the fourth spot in the Covid death tally behind the US, Brazil and Mexico, but stands second in terms of cases after US, reports UNB.

India’s total tally reached 13,527,717 while the death toll from the virus mounted to 170,179 on Tuesday. The South Asian country has been under the grip of a second wave of Covid-19, despite mass inoculation across the country.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is seeing an increase in coronavirus fatalities, breaking its single-day death count record for the third time in as many days on Monday.

Health authorities confirmed 83 deaths on Monday afternoon, surpassing Sunday’s figure of 78. The number was 77 on Saturday.

Fatalities from Covid-19 rose to 9,822 as the mortality rate remained static at 1.42 percent for the fourth consecutive day, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

Bangladesh announced its first coronavirus death on March 18 last year.

Besides, 7,201 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, pushing up the caseload to 691,957.

Bangladesh has been of late seeing a record number of infections, with daily case count surpassing the 7,000-mark earlier this month before falling significantly on April 10 and April 11.

A sharp rise in the number of cases prompted the government to enforce a seven-day lockdown from April 5 but it was ineffective. The government extended the lockdown by two more days and announced to enforce a "strict seven-day lockdown" from April 14.

Vaccination drive

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