New cases of coronavirus were reported in 80 countries including the United States and dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and Africa on Friday, according to data from Reuters.
“The [case]counts are based on the best information available to Reuters at any given time. The total infections and deaths for each country include both confirmed and probable infections and deaths, where available. If probable infections and deaths are not reported by a country, we use only confirmed infections and deaths,” Reuters said.
The case data was obtained from official websites of state, federal, county, district, territory, and health departments and from other verified sources such as press conferences, press releases and social media posts by government officials, Reuters explained.
The United States was reported to have the world’s highest seven-day average of new cases per day (59,902 average new cases), followed by India (57,121), France (25,480), Brazil (22,558) and the United Kingdom (19,229), which ranked among the top five countries in the ranking of countries with the most new cases per day on average.
The seven-day average number of new cases reported daily has increased in the United States, France and the United Kingdom over the past two weeks, while the number has decreased over the same period in India, which, according to Reuters, ranks in the top five countries with the most new cases per day.
On Friday, 50 countries, including the U.S., were “still near the peak of their infection curve,” based on a comparison of the country’s latest seven-day average of new cases per day with the peak, the worst stage of the outbreak in a given country.
“The percentage of this peak that a country currently reports gives us a better idea of how far it is from containing the spread of the virus compared to the worst days of its outbreak,” Reuters said.
Currently, the seven-day average in the United States is 89 percent of the number reported at its peak, according to Reuters.
“Of the 100 most recently reported infections worldwide, more than 26 were reported from countries in Asia and the Middle East. The region reports one million new infections approximately every 10 days and has reported more than 12,806,000 since the beginning of the pandemic,” Reuters said.
Countries where the number of COVID 19 cases continues to rise
(as of October 23, according to Reuters data)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Asia and the Middle East
United Arab Emirates
Latin America, Caribbean and Oceania
The wider image
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 41.7 million people worldwide since its first report in Wuhan, China. More than 1.1 million people worldwide have died as a result of the infection, while according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 28.3 million had recovered by Thursday.
The following graph, provided by Statista, shows countries with the highest number of COVID 19 cases.
The graph below, also provided by Statista, illustrates a comparison of COVID-19 cases in the United States and the European Union (EU).
The chart below, also provided by Statista, illustrates different regions around the world that report an increase in new COVID-19 cases.