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Global coronavirus cases hit 162 million

| Updated: May 16, 2021 17:26:01


Global coronavirus cases hit 162 million

As Covid-19 cases keep rising day by day in the world, over 162 million people have so far been infected with the deadly virus.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total caseload from the virus reached 162,203,982 while the death toll mounted to 3,365,081 as of Sunday morning, reports UNB.

Some 1,436,372, 607 doses of vaccines have been administered around the world till date, said JHU.

The Covid-19 cases in the US, which remained the world’s worst-hit country, are approaching 33 million cases as a total of 32,923,613 people have been found infected with the virus in the country alone with 585,704 fatalities.

India is holding the second position in terms of the number of cases. With the shortage of oxygen and bed crisis at hospitals, India has been experiencing a staggering situation of Covid-19 for the past several weeks that has shaken the health system of the country.

India has logged 24,372,907 cases with 266,207 deaths.

Brazil on Saturday reported 2,087 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the national count to 434,715, the Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, 67,009 more infections were detected, raising the nationwide tally to 15,586,534.

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.

Situation in Bangladesh

Covid-19 claimed 22 more lives in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours until Saturday morning which is the lowest daily deaths in nearly two months.

The country saw 26 Covid deaths on Friday and 31 on Thursday.

With the latest deaths logged today, the official Covid-related death count in the country reached 12,124.

However, the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.55%, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The country witnessed a sharp drop in the number of new cases as the tests have declined dramatically.

Only 261 infections were logged in the last 24 hours after examining 3,758 samples during the period.

The country also confirmed 779,796 Covid-19 cases in total, says the DGHS handout.

Lockdown extended till May 23

The government is going to extend the ongoing lockdown for another week until May 23 to stem the spread of Covid-19.

“The ongoing restrictions will be extended for another week and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given approval to it. A notification will be issued on Sunday,”  State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said on Friday.

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