The spread of the novel coronavirus appears to be slowing, with the number of daily new infections either staying the same or decreasing in 107 countries and regions.
The decrease, as measured by the number of new infections per 100,000 people, is even taking place in the hot spots of the U.S. and Brazil. Experts point out that wearing masks and maintaining social distance have worked in preventing the virus’s spread.
Nikkei analyzed data from the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University, and compared the seven-day moving average for daily cases with where it was two weeks earlier.
As of Friday, the number of countries and regions that have been successful in keeping daily new cases from going up or pushing them into a decline was 107. These countries account for 57% of the 188 countries and regions being tracked.
On the other hand, the rolling average increased in 81 countries compared to two weeks earlier.
Friday was the fourth straight day for countries gaining a handle on the infection rate to outnumber those with rising transmissions.
In the U.S. state of California and Texas, the number of new cases is becoming smaller. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan to slowly reopen the state’s economy while closely monitoring new infections in each county.
“We’re going to be more stubborn this time,” he said, “and have a mandatory wait time between moves. We didn’t do that last time.”
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the three-day moving average of daily new cases in California peaked at 11,600 on July 29, before falling to 5,400 on Aug. 26.