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Global coronavirus cases exceed 82 million

| Updated: January 01, 2021 16:39:39

Global coronavirus cases exceed 82 million

The global Covid-19 caseload crossed 82 million on Thursday amid reports of a new, more contagious coronavirus variant affecting a number of countries.

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) put the caseload at 82,667,945 with 1,804,138 fatalities, reports UNB.

In the US, the worst-hit country, the infection tally topped 19.7 million, while the death toll climbed to 342,312.

AP reported that California on Wednesday announced the nation’s second confirmed case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus, offering a strong indication that the infection is spreading more widely in the United States.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the infection found in Southern California during an online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The announcement came 24 hours after word of the first reported US variant infection, which emerged in Colorado. That person was identified Wednesday as a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at a nursing home struggling with an outbreak. Health officials said a second Guard member may have it too.

The cases triggered a host of questions about how the version circulating in England arrived in the US and whether it is too late to stop it now, with top experts saying it is probably already spreading elsewhere in the United States.

Brazil registered 193,875 deaths from Covid-19 with total caseload of 7,619,200.

The South American country has the third-largest Covid-19 outbreak in the world.

Meanwhile, India’s Covid-19 tally reached 10,244,852 while the death toll mounted to 148,439 as of Thursday morning.

COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded 22 more deaths from Covid-19 and 1,235 new infections in 24 hours until Wednesday.

The number of deaths rose to 7,531 since the first cases were reported in the country on March 8.

With 1,235 new infections the country’s total caseload stood at 512,496, said the Directorate General of Health Services.

So far, 3,2143,44 tests have been carried out. The overall infection rate stood at 15.94 % and the death rate at 1.47.

However, 456,070 patients – 88.99 per cent – have so far recovered.

Bangladesh is seeing 3,009.26 infections, 2,677.93 recoveries and 44.22 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 a 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 30 million doses of vaccine for 15 million people at the end of January or early February next year and 60 million doses for 30 million people by May-June.”

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