Global Covid cases top 286 million with Omicron surge
Published : Friday, 31 December, 2021 at 10:58 AM Count : 788
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surged past 286 million fueled by the spread of the Omicron variant.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 286,433,032 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,428,687 Friday morning.
The US has recorded 54,286,545 cases so far and more than 824,277 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.
Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 22,281,649 cases as of Thursday, while its Covid death toll rose to 619,248.
India's Covid-19 tally rose to 34,822,040 on Friday with 13,154 new cases as per the health ministry data.
Besides, as many as 268 deaths due to the pandemic were reported since Thursday morning took the total death toll to 480,860.
Meanwhile, the country's Omicron tally has reached 961 and at least 320 have recovered, the health ministry said.
Covid situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh logged seven Covid-linked deaths with 509 fresh infections in 24 hours till Thursday morning.
With the detection of the fresh cases after testing 22, 668 samples, the daily-case positivity rate slightly declined to 2.25 per cent from Wednesday’s 2.37 per cent during the period, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The fresh numbers reported on Thursday took the country’s total fatalities to 28,070 while the caseload mounted to 15,85,027.
Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77 per cent during the period.
Besides, the recovery rate remained static at 97.72 per cent with the recovery of 395 more patients during the 24-hour period.
Bangladesh reported daily covid cases above 500 after two months. On October 13, the country logged 518 new Covid cases with 17 deaths.
Meanwhile, three more Covid cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Bangladesh, raising the total tally to seven, according to GISAID, a global initiative on sharing all influenza data, shared the results on Wednesday.
On December 9, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing.
The country reported this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 along with 178 infections since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.
Bangladesh reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 5 this year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 this year.