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Global Covid cases surge past 223 million

  • Published at 12:52 pm September 10th, 2021
File photo: Health workers are seen in protective gear inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2021 Reuters

Brazil has the world's second-highest pandemic death toll after the United States

The global Covid-19 caseload has now surpassed another grim mark of 223 million, with the world still struggling to contain the second wave of the pandemic.

Now the total caseload and fatalities from the virus stand at 223,100,992 and 4,604,426 respectively, as of Friday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

So far, 5,597,039,397 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the globe.

The US has logged 40,600,763 cases and 654,576 deaths to date, according to the JHU data.

Brazil currently has the world's second-highest pandemic death toll after the United States and the third-largest caseload after the United States and India.

The country has recorded 20,958,899 cases with 585,205 fatalities so far, according to its health ministry.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 33,163,004 on Thursday, as 43,406 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, according to the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 339 new deaths due to the pandemic since Wednesday morning took the total death toll to 442,046.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 58 more Covid-19 deaths and 2,588 cases in 24 hours till Thursday morning, showing a further decline in single-day fatalities and cases.

The country reported 52 Covid-19 related deaths and 2,497 cases on Wednesday, indicating a slight increase in both cases and fatalities.

But the daily case positivity rate dropped further to 8.76 % from Wednesday’s 9.07%, suggesting that the pandemic may be easing in Bangladesh.

The fresh numbers pushed the country’s total fatalities to 26,798 while the cases reached 1,524,890, according to a DGHS handout.

The new cases were detected after testing 29,541 samples during the 24-hour period.

Around 27,528 samples were tested on the previous day.

Besides, the recovery rate rose to 96.28 %, while the case fatality remained unchanged at 1.76% compared to the corresponding period.

The country last saw 54 Coronavirus-related deaths on June 18 and the upswing in the fatalities reached its peak on August 5 and 10 when 264 deaths were recorded.

However, the situation was much more catastrophic than June in the latter part of August as the country experienced a surge of Covid-19 related caseloads and deaths during that time.

Between May and June this year, there was a 273% rise in monthly caseloads and 162% in fatalities. In July, there was a 150% increase in caseloads and a 170% rise in deaths compared to the previous month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).