People wait in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The world is nearing the grim milestone of 111 million Covid-19 cases, despite high rates of vaccination.
The global case count reached 110,687,323 while the death toll from the deadly virus mounted to 2,450,499 on Saturday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The US has so far recorded 27,999,565 cases and 495,506 deaths, as per the data.
The US had administered an average of 1.7 million doses per day in the week that ended on Tuesday, evidence that the pace of the vaccination programme was picking up, reports AP.
Brazil registered 51,050 new Covid-19 infections and 1,308 deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising the national count to 10,084,208 and 244,737 respectively, the Health Ministry said Friday.
Brazil, which has the world's second-largest Covid-19 death toll after the United States, has seen a daily average of more than 1,000 deaths in the past month.
Meanwhile, in state capital Sao Paulo and its metropolitan area, authorities lifted a ban on liquor sales between 8 and 10 pm at bars and restaurants, which had been in place since the beginning of February.
In the northeastern state of Bahia, a two-week night-time curfew was imposed to curb the spread of the virus.
The state has so far reported 647,384 cases and 11,060 deaths from the disease.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
The daily infection rate jumped to 2.85% on Friday, which was 2.68% on Thursday, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
So far, 542,674 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, with 8,337 fatalities.
According to the latest figures, the overall infection rate stood at 13.83%, which was 13.87% percent on Thursday. It is expected to fall further as a countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive is currently underway.
But the mortality rate rose to 1.54% from 1.53% on Friday, the DGHS handout said.
So far, 490,468 patients (90.38%) have recovered from Covid-19.
The government kicked off the countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.
Bangladesh inked an agreement with the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Serum will send five million doses each month between January and June.
Five million doses arrived in January and India gifted another two million doses.
Determined to make the vaccination drive a success, the government has brought down the age of eligible recipients of the jab to 40. The doses are being provided for free.
So far, 181,546 people have received the first shot. After the first dose, the second one has to be taken within 8 to 12 weeks.