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Global Covid cases surpass 348m

Global Covid cases surpass 348m

Amid the rising Omicron cases across the world, the overall number of Covid cases has surpassed 348 million.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 348,592,351 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,590,277 Sunday morning, reports UNB.

The US has recorded 70,464,222 cases so far and 865,310 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 38,903,731 Saturday as 337,704 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry data.

Friday was the second consecutive day when over 300,000 daily cases were registered in more than eight months.

Besides, 488 deaths due to the pandemic since Friday morning took the total death toll to 488,884.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 23,931,609 cases as of Saturday, while its Covid death toll rose to 623,191

Covid situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 17 more Covid-linked deaths with 9,614 fresh cases in 24 hours till Saturday morning with a slight decline in the infection rate.

The daily positivity rate declined to 28.02 per cent from Friday’s 28.49 per cent after testing 34,311 samples, according to the Directorate general of health Services (DGHS).

The country last logged 17 deaths on October 13 last with 513 cases.

Bangladesh reported 1,434 fresh cases with 12 deaths on Friday.

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,209 while the caseload mounted to 1,674,230 on Saturday.

Among the new deceased, 11 were men and six women.

Eleven cases were reported in Dhaka division while two each in Chattogram, Khulna, one each in Barishal and Mymensingh divisions.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate further declined to 1.68 per cent.

New Restrictions

All schools, colleges and universities in the country will remain closed from January 21 to February 6 in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the government announced on Friday.

The Cabinet Division issued a notification in this regard, imposing restrictions on the overall activities and movement of people in the country amid a worrying spike in Covid cases.

The notification asked all to wear masks and maintain health rules at public places like markets, shopping malls, mosques, bus stands, launch terminals, railway stations. Local authorities have been instructed to monitor and ensure compliance.


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