The overall number of Covid cases is fast approaching 266 million amid the emergence of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 265,825,855 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,255,457 Monday morning.
The US has recorded 49,085,361 cases to date and more than 788,363 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.
Meanwhile, New York announced three more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight, reports AP.
Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 22,143,091 cases as of Monday, while its Covid death toll rose to 615,636.
India recorded a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, as 2,796 more people died, according to its federal health ministry's official figures.
For the last few days, the death toll had been around 400 in India. The total death toll in the country stood at 473,326 on Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 34,633,255 on Sunday, with 8,895 new cases during the past 24 hours across the country, showed its federal health ministry's latest data.
Besides, India's tally of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 rose from five on Sunday morning to 21 in the evening.
Situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh logged six more Covid-linked deaths along with 197 fresh cases in 24 hours till Sunday morning.
With the latest cases, the daily-case positivity rate declined to 1.03 per cent from Saturday’s 1.07 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 28,001 while the caseload mounted to 15,77,443.
Among the latest deceased, three each were men and women. Five deaths were reported from Dhaka division while one each was from Mymensingh division.
However, the mortality rate increased to 1.78 per cent during the period.
The fresh cases were detected after testing 19,123 samples, amid the growing concern over the new ‘Omicron’ variant of coronavirus.
Besides, the recovery rate remained unchanged at 97.77 per cent with the recovery of 226 more patients during the 24-hour period.
On November 20, Bangladesh logged this year’s first zero Covid-linked death with 178 cases.
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.
So far, 37,829,420 people have fully been vaccinated in the country while 64,414,430 received the first dose as of Thursday, according to the DGHS.
Among them, 86,637 students, aged from 12-17, have fully been vaccinated while 899,510 students received the first dose so far.
No new lockdown
Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday ruled out the possibility of any further Covid-induced lockdown in Bangladesh.
“The covid situation in Bangladesh is under control now and there’s no possibility to enforce any lockdown in the country,” he said.
Zahid said there is no need to worry about the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, which has no presence in the country.
He said Bangladesh now has enough stock of vaccines and preparation to face any situation.