The US has recorded 55,069,347 cases so far and more than 826,057 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

The highly transmissible omicron variant has caused Britain’s daily new caseload to soar over Christmas and the New Year, with a new daily high of 189,000 on 31 December.

A further 137,583 infections and 73 deaths were added for England and Wales only on Sunday, with numbers for Scotland and Northern Ireland to be announced after the holiday weekend, reports AP.

About 1 in 25 people in England — or about 2 million people — had COVID-19 in the week before Christmas, the Office of National Statistics estimated. In London, the figure was 1 in 15.

Overall, the UK has reported more than 13.1 million infections and more than 149,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, the second highest death toll in Europe behind Russia.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 22,297,427 cases as of Monday and its Covid death toll rose to 619,401.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 34,889,132 on Sunday, as 27,553 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 284 deaths due to the pandemic reported since Saturday morning took the total death toll to 481,770. Meanwhile, India’s Omicron tally has reached 1,525, out of which Maharashtra and Delhi have reported 460 and 351 cases respectively.

The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations surged to a new high in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), while the country battling with its largest outbreaks of COVID-19 fuelled by the Omicron variant.

The NSW, the epicentre of Australia’s current wave of the pandemic, recorded 20,794 new cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, slightly dropping from its peak of 22,577 daily increases recorded on 1 January.

According to WHO’s figures, the number of COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide increased by 11 per cent last week compared with the previous week, with nearly 4.99 million newly reported from 20-26 December. New cases in Europe — which accounted for more than half of the total — were up 3per cent while those in the Americas rose 39 per cent and there was a 7 per cent increase in Africa. The global gain followed a gradual increase since October.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged another Covid deaths with 557 fresh infections in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

With the detection of the fresh cases after testing 19,130 samples, the daily-case positivity rate rose to 2.91 per cent from Saturday’s 2.43 per cent during the period, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The fresh numbers reported until Sunday morning, took the country’s total fatalities to 28,077 while the caseload mounted to 1,586,466.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77 per cent during the period.

Besides, the recovery rate declined to 97.67 per cent with the recovery of 253 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Bangladesh reported daily Covid cases above 500 after two months on 30 and 31 December.

On 13 October, the country logged 518 new Covid cases with 17 deaths.

Meanwhile, three more Covid cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Bangladesh, raising the total tally to 10 till Friday, according to GISAID, a global initiative on sharing all influenza data.

On 9 December, 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 20 November along with 178 infections since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.

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