Global COVID-19 Cases Cross 75.5 Million

Desk Report

Published: 19 Dec 2020, 01:21 pm

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 75.5 million people have been infected with coronavirus globally and over 1.67 million of them have died since the first cases were reported in December last year (JHU).

With 1,672,826 deaths on Saturday, the global caseload stood at 75,588,781.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at JHU, the overall number of Covid-19 cases in the United States peaked at 17.4 million.

The US case count rose to 17,442,180 with 313,246 deaths as of Saturday.

New cases in the U.S. are running at over 216,000 per day on average. Deaths per day have hit all-time highs, eclipsing 3,600 on Wednesday, reports AP.

The nation is scrambling to expand vaccinations as rapidly as Moderna and Pfizer can churn out doses. Moderna’s is for people 18 and older, Pfizer’s starts at age 16.

The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day.

Brazil's COVID-19 death toll rose to 185,650 on Friday after 823 more patients died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

In the same period, tests detected 52,544 cases of infection, raising the total caseload to 7,162,978 since the start of the outbreak in Brazil on Feb. 26.

India recorded 22,890 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the total caseload to 9,979,447.

Up to 338 more deaths were reported, taking total fatality to 1,44,789 as of today.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 7,217 until early Friday with 25 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

The mortality rate stood at 1.45%, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

Also, 1,318 new Covid-19 cases were reported, taking the country’s caseload to 498,293.

So far, 433,614 patients – 87.02% – have recovered.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8. The infection number reached the 300,000-mark on August 26.

The first death was reported on March 18 and the death toll exceeded 7,000 on December 12.

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