The overall number of Covid cases has now surpassed 323 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across the world.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 323,140,074 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,528,794 Saturday morning.
The US has recorded 64,897,237 cases so far and 849,172 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.
India reported 264,202 new Covid-19 cases Friday, as the tally rose to 36,582,129 in 24 hours, as per the federal health ministry's latest data.
Besides, 315 fatalities due to the pandemic since Thursday morning took the total death toll to 485,350.
Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 22,933,289 cases as of Friday while its Covid death toll rose to 621,063.
Situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh reported six more Covid-19 linked deaths and 4,378 more cases of infections in 24 hours till Friday morning, as the deadly infections kept escalating in the country, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
With the fresh cases reported after testing 30,366 samples, the daily positivity rate surged to 14.66 percent from Thursday’s 12.03 percent during the 24-hour period, the directorate said.
The country last logged 4,698 cases on August 26 last year along with 102 deaths in 24 hours while the positivity rate was 13.77 percent.
The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,129 while the caseload mounted to 1,609,042 Friday.
Among the new deceased, two were men and four women. Three of them were from Dhaka division while two died in Chattogram and another in Rajshahi divisions.
The mortality rate remained static at 1.75 percent during the 24-hour period.
The recovery rate slightly declined to 96.47 percent with the recovery of 351 more patients during the 24-hour period.
Bangladesh’s total tally of Omicron cases reached 33 with detection of nine more cases till Wednesday, according to GISAID, a global initiative on sharing all influenza data.
On December 9 last year, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing.
The country reported last 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 10 last year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 in 2021.