Over 98 million people have been infected with Covid-19 while over 2.1 million died after contracting the virus since the first cases were reported in December last year.
The global figure of Covid-19 cases reached 98,157,700 and the fatalities rose to 2,106,690 until early Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
However, the numbers are thought to be higher because of insufficient tests in many countries.
The US -- the world’s worst-hit country -- crossed the grim milestone of 20 million cases on New Year’s Day. The country’s infection tally reached 24,818,781 while fatalities stood at 414,004 early Saturday.
Two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India reached Dhaka on Thursday.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami handed over the vaccine to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque at a ceremony at state guesthouse Padma.
Foreign Minister Momen said that the arrival of two million doses of Oxford vaccine from India is a sign of strong relations and goodwill between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
Thirty million doses of the vaccine are scheduled to arrive between January and June (five million a month) as per the agreement the government signed with Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd.
Health Minister Maleque on Monday said Bangladesh would receive the first consignment of Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine on January 25-26.