The Financial Express

Global coronavirus cases top 176 million

| Updated: June 15, 2021 17:00:21

File photo used for representational purpose. (Collected) File photo used for representational purpose. (Collected)

Notwithstanding a drop in the number of fresh cases in several countries, the global Covid-19 caseload surged past 176 million on Tuesday.

The total Covid case count and fatalities currently stand at 176,200,581 and 3,808, 883, respectively, as per the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

A total of 2,371,180,270 doses of vaccine have been administered to date, reports UNB citing the JHU data.

The US, which is the world’s worst-hit country in terms of cases and deaths, has recorded 33,473,180 cases with 599,928 deaths to date.

Brazil has the world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll, after the United States, and the third-largest caseload, following the United States and India.

So far, the South American country has registered 488,228 deaths, with a record number of 827 new cases in 24 hours till Monday morning.

A total of 39,846 new infections were detected during the period, raising the nationwide caseload to 17,452,612, Brazil's health ministry said.

India on Monday recorded 70,421 new cases in 24 hours, pushing up the country's Covid tally to 29,510,410, according to the federal health ministry.

Besides, 3,921 Covid patients have died since Sunday morning, taking the death toll to 374,305.

India has been recording less than one lakh cases for the past few days.

Situation in Bangladesh

Amid a desperate bid to procure vaccines for all, Bangladesh on Monday reported 54 fresh coronavirus-related deaths and 3,050 new cases in 24 hours -- both record figures in a month.

The country last recorded 56 deaths on May 9 and a record 3,031 cases on April 27.

With the new numbers, the country's total caseload and deaths stood at 8,29,972 and 13,172, respectively, the Directorate General of Health Services said on Tuesday.

Vaccination Drive

So far, four vaccines – Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield), Sputnik-V, Sinopharm, and Pfizer-BioNTech – have got the approval for emergency use in Bangladesh.

The country, the prime recipient of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, has suspended the registration for Covid-19 jabs due to vaccine shortage amid a delay in the arrival of shipments from India.

Some 42,532,526 people have so far got the second dose of this vaccine, while the number is 58,20,015 for the first one.

Bangladesh will start administering Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccine doses from June 19, Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said.

Pfizer vaccine shots will be given at four centres in Dhaka to those who have already registered, he has said.

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