New coronavirus cases were reported to be increasing in 80 countries, including the U.S. as well as dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, as of Friday, according to data compiled by Reuters.
“The [case] counts are based on the best available information accessible to Reuters at any given time. Total infections and deaths for each country include both confirmed and probable infections and deaths where that data is available. If probable infections and deaths are not reported by a country, we only use confirmed infections and deaths,” Reuters noted.
The case data was sourced from official country, state, county, territory government and public health department websites and other verified sources including news conferences, press releases and social media posts by government officials, Reuters explained.
The U.S. was reported to have the world’s highest seven-day average of daily new infections (59,902 average new cases), followed by India (57,121), France (25,480), Brazil (22,558) and the U.K. (19,229), in the top five ranking of countries with reporting the newest cases per day on average.
The seven-day average of daily new cases has been rising in the U.S., France and the U.K. over the past two weeks, while the figure has been declining in India over the same period, in the top five ranking, according to Reuters.
As of Friday, 50 countries, including the U.S., are “still near the peak of their infection curve,” based on a comparison of the country’s latest seven-day average of daily new cases and what it was at its peak, the worst stage of the outbreak in any given country.
“The percent of that peak a country currently reports gives us a better idea of how far it is from containing the spread of the virus relative to the worst days of its outbreak,” Reuters said.
Currently, the seven-day average in the U.S. was reported to be 89 percent of the figure reported at its peak, according to Reuters.
“Of every 100 infections last reported around the world, more than 26 were reported from countries in Asia and the Middle East. The region is reporting a million new infections about every 10 days and has reported more than 12,806,000 since the pandemic began,” Reuters said