Global coronavirus deaths 313,220, infections 4.72 million

Dhaka, May 17 – The number of officially confirmed coronavirus cases is getting closer to five million.
On Sunday morning, the cases stood at 4.72 million, according to Worldometer.
So far, the virus has killed 313,220 people and the death toll is feared to rise as another 44,827 of those infected remain in critical condition. Coronavirus cases, first reported in China in December last year, peaked in mid-March, data from Worldometer show.
The virus is currently affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.
Globally, the US has the highest number of cases at more than 1.5 million and its death toll is 90,113, also the highest in the world.
Last week, President Trump said he was optimistic about having a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of this year or thereafter.
Bangladesh has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The country reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
Currently, the number of confirmed cases in Bangladesh stands at 20,995 and deaths at 314. The death rate is 1.5 percent, according to the government.
In Bangladesh, the cases peaked from mid-April. So far, 4,117 patients have recovered and 16,564 others are undergoing treatment with one of them being in serious condition.
The government declared a general holiday and shut down all public transport system to curb the transmission of coronavirus. It recently decided to reopen mosques and markets plus some garment factories gradually.
Bangladesh has announced a series of stimulus packages to tackle the economic impact of the virus. – UNB