COVID cases near 253 million globally amid surge in parts of world

  |  Monday, November 15th, 2021 |  10:51 am

The overall global number of Covid-19 cases is approaching 253 million amid spike in infections in several countries including Western European ones.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 253, 294,186 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,100,195 as of Monday morning, reports UNB.

The US has recorded 47,074,080 cases to date and more than 763,092 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 21,957,967 cases as of Sunday, while its Covid death toll rose to 611,283.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 34,437,307 on Sunday, as 11,271 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 285 deaths due to the pandemic since Saturday morning took the total death toll to 463,530.

Russia recorded 8,918,926 cases with fatalities of 250,609 so far.

For two months now, a stubborn wave of virus infections has ripped mercilessly through several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, where vaccination rates are much lower than elsewhere on the continent, reports AP.

While medical workers pleaded for tough restrictions or even lockdowns, leaders let the virus rage unimpeded for weeks.

“I don’t believe in measures. I don’t believe in the same measures that existed before the vaccines,” Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said last month as the Balkan nation sustained some of its worst daily death tolls of the pandemic. “Why do we have vaccines then?”
A World Health Organization official declared earlier this month that Europe is again at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. While several Western European countries are seeing spikes in infections, it is nations to the East that are driving fatalities.

Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkan states recorded some of the highest per-capita death rates in the world in the first week of November, according to the WHO.
Bangladesh recorded four more Covid-linked deaths and reported 223 fresh infections in 24 hours till Sunday morning.
The daily-case positivity rate slightly increased to 1.14 per cent from Saturday’s 1.11 per cent.

The fresh numbers took the total fatalities to 27,922 while the country’s caseload mounted to 15,72,501, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of the deceased, one was a man and three were women.

Dhaka division logged three Covid-linked deaths today while Chattogram division reported one on Sunday, said the DGHS.
However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.78 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 19,517 samples, the DGHS added.

Besides, the recovery rate remained unchanged at 97.71 per cent with the recovery of 212 more patients during the 24-hour period.