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Global Covid-19 cases near 55 million

| Updated: November 18, 2020 19:55:08

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The coronavirus (Covid-19) caseload stood at 54,992,571 on Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Besides, the death toll from the virus climbed to 1,326,768.

The United States remains the worst-hit country with 247,175 deaths, and over 11 million cases so far, reports UNB.

Governors and mayors across the US are ratcheting up Covid-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is likely to worsen because of holiday travel and family gatherings over Thanksgiving, reports AP.

A record-breaking nearly 70,000 people were hospitalised with the coronavirus in the US as of Sunday, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project.

Deaths in the US are running at more than 1,100 per day on average, an increase of over 50 per cent from early October.

The virus is blamed for more than 246,000 deaths and over 11 million confirmed infections in the US.

Besides, with 216 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, Brazil's death toll from COVID-19 hit 166,014, the Ministry of Health reported on Monday.

The ministry said another 13,371 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, raising the national caseload to 5,876,464.

The ministry explained that there are delays in data collection in some states, so the information should be updated in the coming days.

India is in the second spot in terms of cases, with 8,845,127 cases as of this morning. It has reported 130,070 deaths so far – the third-highest in the world.

2nd coronavirus vaccine shows success

A second experimental COVID-19 vaccine from US company Moderna Inc yielded extraordinarily strong early results Monday.

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5 per cent effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study. A week ago, Pfizer announced its own vaccine looked 90 per cent effective.

Covid situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported 2,139 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours until Monday, raising the caseload to 434,472.

Besides, 21 patients died from the virus infection during the period which took the fatalities to 6,215.

The death rate stood at 1.43 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services.

So far, 351,146 patients -- 80.82 per cent -- including 1,604 new ones in the last 24 hours have recovered.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8. The infection number reached the 300,000-mark on August 26. The first death was reported on March 18 and the death toll exceeded 6,000 on November 4.

Mobile court to ensure mask use

Meanwhile, the government has asked the administration to strengthen the mobile court operation and enforce laws to ensure the use of masks, also in the capital, to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’ve already asked them [admin] to strengthen the mobile court operation or law enforcement further in different places of the capital. Hope, it’ll start within the next two to three days,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said Monday.

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