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Global Covid cases top 310m

Global Covid cases top 310m

The overall number of Covid cases has now surpassed 310 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across the globe.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 310,052,676 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,494,246 Tuesday morning, reports UNB.

The US has recorded 61,492,765 cases so far and 839,480 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows. The total number of Covid cases in the US topped 60 million on Sunday.

India's Covid tally rose to 35,869,947 Monday as a steep rise of 180,438 new daily cases were registered, as per the federal health ministry's latest data.

That was the fourth consecutive day when more than 100,000 daily cases were registered in the country.

Besides, 146 pandemic-related deaths since Saturday morning took the total death toll to 483,936.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is seeing a steep rise in Covid-19 cases as 2,231 more infections along with three more deaths were reported in 24 hours till Monday morning.

With the fresh cases reported after testing 26,143 samples, the daily positivity rate jumped again to 8.53 per cent from Sunday’s 6.78 per cent during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

The country last logged 2,325 cases on September 10, last year along with 38 deaths in 24 hours.

Bangladesh is currently seeing a surge of Covid-19 cases as health authorities logged 10,392 infections in the last 10 days since January 1.

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,105 while the caseload mounted to 15,95,931.

Of the 25 deaths recorded from January 3 to January 9, some 16 per cent received Covid vaccines while 84 per cent did not, according to the directorate.

Comorbidities among the deceased patients declined 2.8 per cent this week compared to the previous one. Comorbidity means the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.76 per cent during the period.

The recovery rate further declined to 97.19 per cent, with the recovery of 208 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s total tally of Omicron cases reached 30, with the detection of nine more cases 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 logged 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.

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