COVID Cases Are Still Rising in These 80 Countries

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 most new 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.

Shri Bankey Bihari temple, India, October 2020
Crowds outside the Shri Bankey Bihari Hindu temple in Vrindavan, India on October 17. India was reported to be among the 80 countries where COVID-19 cases are still rising, according to data compiled by Reuters. AFP via Getty Images

Countries where COVID-19 cases are still rising

(as of October 23, according to data compiled by Reuters)

North America

  1. United States
  2. Canada


  1. U.K.
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Spain
  5. Germany
  6. Belgium
  7. Netherlands
  8. Portugal
  9. Greece
  10. Russia
  11. Sweden
  12. Denmark
  13. Norway
  14. Croatia
  15. Switzerland
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Hungary
  19. Ireland
  20. Lithuania
  21. North Macedonia
  22. Albania
  23. Austria
  24. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  25. Malta
  26. Poland
  27. Romania
  28. Slovenia
  29. Slovakia
  30. Ukraine
  31. Gibraltar
  32. Liechtenstein
  33. Luxembourg
  34. Belarus
  35. Serbia
  36. Estonia

Asia and the Middle East

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Armenia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Cyprus
  6. Georgia
  7. Iran
  8. Japan
  9. Jordan
  10. Kuwait
  11. Kazakhstan
  12. Kyrgyzstan
  13. Malaysia
  14. Mongolia
  15. Nepal
  16. Qatar
  17. Turkey
  18. United Arab Emirates

Latin America, Caribbean and Oceania

  1. Argentina
  2. Cayman Islands
  3. El Salvador
  4. Grenada
  5. Honduras
  6. Uruguay
  7. Saint Lucia
  8. French Polynesia


  1. Algeria
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Burundi
  4. Djibouti
  5. Egypt
  6. Eritrea
  7. Guinea
  8. Kenya
  9. Mayotte
  10. Morocco
  11. Mozambique
  12. Rwanda
  13. South Africa
  14. South Sudan
  15. Tunisia
  16. Zimbabwe

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 41.7 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China. Globally, more than 1.1 million have died following infection, while more than 28.3 million have reportedly recovered as of Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

covid worldwide october 19

The graphic below, also produced by Statista, illustrates a comparison of COVID-19 case in the U.S. and the European Union (EU).

COVID-19 case surge in European Union

The graphic below, also provided by Statista, illustrates different regions across the globe reporting a rise in new COVID-19 cases.

Regions with surge in COVID-19 cases