Covid-19 Global caseload crosses 69m, deaths 1.5m

A total of 69.5 million people have been infected with coronavirus globally and over 1.5 million of them died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), reports agencies.

The global caseload stood at 69,598,462 with 1,581,902 fatalities on Friday.

The United States recorded 15,616,380 cases as of Friday morning with 292,179 deaths.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US topped 15 million on Tuesday.

Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become gloomier than ever Over 3,000 American deaths in a single day, more than on D-Day or 911. One million new cases in the span of five days. More than 106,000 people in the hospital.

The crisis across the country is pushing medical centers to the breaking point and leaving staff members and public health officials burned out and plagued by tears and nightmares.

A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans.

Shots could begin within days, depending on how quickly the Food and Drug Administration signs off, as expected, on the expert committee’s recommendation. 

Brazil has recorded the world's second-highest COVID-19 death toll with 179,765 deaths, after the United States, and the third-largest caseload, after the United States and India.

India's Covid-19 tally reached 9,796,769 on Friday while the death toll mounted to 142,186 according to the JHU data.

Russia registered 2,546,113 cases with 44,769 deaths, while 112,326 people died in Mexico with 1,217,126 caseload.

Infections have been reported in more than 191 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Bangladesh on Thursday witnessed a sudden surge in Covid-19 fatalities, with 37 deaths in a single day, but a downward trend in active cases, with some 1,861 people testing positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, health authorities said.

The mortality rate, however, is still at 1.43%, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

While the death toll now stands at 6,967, the number of people infected with Covid has reached 4,85,965. So far, some 410,452 patients (84.86%), including 4,486 new ones, have recovered in the past 24 hours, as per the health data.

Bangladesh reported its first case on March 8. And the first death was reported on March 18. The death toll exceeded 6,000 on November 4.

Until now, 2,927,929 tests have been carried out, including 16,265 new ones, and 16.60% of the patients turned out to be positive.

Bangladesh is seeing 2,853.47 infections, 2,410.08 recoveries, and 40.91 deaths per million, according to the health authorities.