Friday, January 15th, 2021

Global Covid-19 deaths near 2 million

Published 9:52 pm | January 15, 2021

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Online desk ; The global death toll from Covid-19 is fast approaching the grim milestone of two million. The total caseload has also surpassed 93 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Covid death toll and caseload stood at 1,991,997 and 93,051,654, respectively, as of Friday morning, as per the latest data released by the US-based university.

The US remained the worst-hit country, with 388,529 deaths and 23,308,712 cases.

The New York death toll from Covid has reached 40,435, while California has seen 32,106 deaths so far, as per the data.

On Thursday, New Jersey expanded vaccinations to people between 16 and 65 with certain medical conditions — including up to 2 million smokers, who are more prone to health complications, reports AP.

The U.S., meanwhile, recorded 3,848 deaths on Wednesday, down from an all-time high of 4,327 the day before, according to Johns Hopkins University. The nation’s overall death toll from Covid has topped 385,000.

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a USD 1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday, which includes speeding up vaccinations. Called the “American Rescue Plan”, the legislative proposal would meet Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration.

More than 11.1 million Americans, or over 3% of the U.S. population, have gotten their first shot of the vaccine, a gain of about 800,000 from the day before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The goal of inoculating anywhere between 70% and 85% of the population to achieve herd immunity and conquer the outbreak is still many months away.

Brazil has the world’s second-highest Covid death toll, after the US, and is experiencing a second wave of outbreaks, with cases and deaths on the rise since December.

The South American nation’s Covid death toll reached 207,095 on Friday, according the health ministry.

India’s Covid tally rose to 10,512,093 on Friday, with deaths surging to 151,727.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities soared to 7,849 on Thursday, as the health authorities confirmed 16 more deaths and 813 new cases in 24 hours.

The national caseload stands at 525,723, with 470,405 recoveries, according to a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services.

As per the latest data, the daily infection rate has dropped to 4.9 percent.

The overall infection rate stood at 15.38 percent, the DGHS said, noting that 89.48 percent of the patients have recovered till date.

So far, 3,418,114 tests have been carried out – 16,608 in the last 24 hours. The mortality rate is 1.49 percent, according to the handout.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18, reports UNB.

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