Global Covid cases near 625 million
The overall number of global Covid cases is gradually nearing 625 million. According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 624,918,177 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,555,411 on Thursday morning. The US has recorded 98,411,240 cases so far and 1,086,685 people have died from the virus in the country, both highest counts around the world. India recorded 2,459 new Covid-19 cases, according to federal health ministry data released on Wednesday. The new cases marked an increase from the daily caseload of 1,968 on Tuesday. India's total tally of Covid-19 cases has risen to 44,601,934, with the active caseload being 33,318 currently. Read: Global Covid cases top 623 million The country also logged 17 new Covid-related deaths in 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 528,733 since the beginning of the pandemic, the ministry said. Covid in Bangladesh Bangladesh reported two more Covid-linked deaths with 549 fresh cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning. With the new numbers, the country's total fatalities rose to 29,374 and the caseload to 2,028,114, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The daily case test positivity rate rose to 14.66% from Thursday’s 13.86% as 3,961 samples were tested. The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.45% and the recovery rate dropped to 97%.