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Global Covid caseload surpasses 157 million

09 May 2021 12:03:42 | Update: 09 May 2021 12:03:42
Global Covid caseload surpasses 157 million

Amid mass inoculation drive in many countries, Covid-19 cases crossed 157 million across the globe.

According to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count reached 157, 266, 867 while the death toll from the virus mounted to 3,278,651 as of Sunday morning.

The US has logged 32,685,864 cases and  581,511 deaths from the highly contagious virus.

Besides, India, which has been undergoing a devastating 2nd wave of coronavirus, has recorded over 4 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours till Saturday morning, taking the country’s total caseload to over 2.18 crore. With 4,187 new deaths, the toll now stands at over 2.38 lakh.

So far, India registered 21,892,676  caess with 238,270 deaths, as per the university data.

Brazil reported 2,202 more deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the national count to 421,316, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said that 63,430 more cases were detected, raising the nationwide tally to 15,145,879.

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

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported 45 more Coronavirus related deaths with 1285 new cases in 24 hours until Saturday morning amid concern after the detection of first case of highly contagious Indian Coronavirus strain in the country.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said the new fatalities pushed up the country’s death toll to 11,878 while the mortality rate remained static at 1.54 percent.

Besides, the DGHS said, 1,285 new cases were detected during the period after the test of 14,703 samples, taking the total case count to 772,127.

Also, the country's infection rate fell to 8.74%, which was 9.89% a day ago, according to the DGHS.

Bangladesh has so far carried out 5,613 ,979 nationwide tests since reporting its first coronavirus cases on March 8 last year and the first death on the 18th of that month.

Indian Coronavirus strain detected

A confirmed case of Indian Coronavirus strain has been detected in Bangladesh on Saturday, confirmed Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research(IEDCR).

The Indian strain of Coronavirus was detected in a sample test at Evercare Hospital in Dhaka and it has been published on Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), said chief scientific officer of IEDCR ASM Alamgir.

The new strain was detected in samples collected from recent India returnee passengers in Bangladesh.