Global COVID-19 death toll nears 300,000

As the number of globally confirmed COVID-19 cases near 4.5 million, the death toll too is rising, inching towards 300,000.

On Thursday morning, the global death toll stood at 298,165, according to data compiled by Worldometer.

Confirmed coronavirus cases were 4428,236 at this time, reports UNB.

Worldometer data showed that the number of cases and deaths started going up drastically since mid-March.

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Currently, 2,472,248 confirmed COVID-19 patients are being treated and 45,920 of them are in serious or critical condition.

Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is highly contagious. A lot of patients have recovered and according to Worldometer, the number so far is 1,657,905.

The virus is currently affecting 212 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.

The US has been the worst-hit country with the highest number of infections and deaths – more than 1,430,000 cases and 85,000 deaths.

While UK has the second-highest death toll with 33,186, Spain has the second-highest number of confirmed cases -- 271,095.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on 11 March.

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Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported its first cases on 8 March and the first death on 18 March. On Wednesday, the health authorities confirmed detection of 1,162 new cases and 19 deaths – the highest single-day figure so far.

So far, Bangladesh has confirmed 17,822 cases and 269 of them died – a death rate of 1.51 per cent.

With factories and shops open and loosening restrictions, the number of confirmed cases could surge in coming days. The government shut down educational institutions and all non-essential services in March as it announced a ‘general holiday’, urging people to stay indoors, to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In mid-April, the health authorities declared the whole country vulnerable to infection and imposed heavy restrictions on movement and the government extended the holiday in phases to 16 May. It will be further extended to May 30.

Health experts have been calling for strictly implementing lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus.

Bangladesh has so far tested 144,538 samples.

The number of confirmed cases and deaths jumped in the first week of May. So far, 3,361 patients (18.9 per cent of the total cases) have recovered, according to government data.

Currently, 14,192 are undergoing treatment and one of them is in critical condition.