The overall number of Covid infections is fast approaching 366 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant across the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 366,694,242 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,656,642 Friday morning.

The US has recorded 74,695,333 cases so far and 902,140 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 40,620,197 on Thursday, as 248,697 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the South Asian country, according to the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Meanwhile, 627 deaths due to the pandemic reported since Tuesday morning took the total death toll to 492,357.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 24,782,922 cases as of Thursday, while its Covid death toll rose to 625,169.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported 15 more Covid-linked deaths with 15,807 fresh cases in 24 hours till Thursday morning.

The daily positivity rate rose again to 31.98% from Wednesday’s 31.64% after testing 49,425 samples, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The country logged its highest daily positivity rate of 32.55% on July 24 last year, reporting 6,780 cases and 195 deaths.

On Wednesday, the country reported 17 more Covid-linked deaths and 15,527 fresh cases.

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,288 while the caseload mounted to 1,747,311 on Thursday.

Among the new deceased, 10 were women and five women.

Eight cases were reported in Dhaka division, three in Chattogram, two in Rajshahi and one each in Barishal and Rangpur divisions.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate further declined to 1.62%.

However, the recovery rate also kept declining to 89.34% with the recovery of 1,037 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Bangladesh’s total tally of Omicron cases reached 69 with the detection of five more cases till Sunday, 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 this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 last year, along with 178 infections, since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.

Besides, the country registered the highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year, while the highest number of daily fatalities was 264 on August 10 last year.

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