Bangladesh witnesses sudden surge in corona deaths


Dhaka, Dec 10: Bangladesh on Thursday witnessed a sudden surge in Covid-19 fatalities, with 37 deaths in a single day, but a downward trend in active cases, with some 1,861 people testing positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, health authorities said.

The mortality rate, however, is still at 1.43%, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

While the death toll now stands at 6,967, the number of people infected with Covid has reached 4,85,965. So far, some 410,452 patients (84.86%), including 4,486 new ones, have recovered in the past 24 hours, as per the health data.

Bangladesh reported its first case on March 8. And the first death was reported on March 18. The death toll exceeded 6,000 on November 4.

Until now, 2,927,929 tests have been carried out, including 16,265 new ones, and 16.60% of the patients turned out to be positive.

Bangladesh is seeing 2,853.47 infections, 2,410.08 recoveries, and 40.91 deaths per million, according to the health authorities.

Global Situation

A total of 68.8 million people have been infected with coronavirus globally and over 1.5 million of them died, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The global caseload stood at 68,848,383 with 1,568,734 fatalities on Thursday. The United States recorded 15,384,264 cases as of Thursday morning, with 289,257 deaths. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US topped 15 million on Tuesday.

With an additional 49 deaths reported on Wednesday, the death toll from the coronavirus in Washington state has surpassed 3,000, AP reported quoting state health officials.

Since the pandemic began, 3,016 people in Washington have died from the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health. The total number of confirmed cases in the state is now nearing 190,000, officials said.

India’s Covid-19 tally reached 9,735,850 on Thursday while the death toll mounted to 141,360 according to the JHU data.

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

The country registered on Thursday 53,453 new cases, raising the nationwide tally to 6,728,452, the Health Ministry said. Meanwhile, 836 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 178,995.

Infections have been reported in more than 191 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.