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Emerging world becomes virus epicenter with 80% of new cases

Outbreaks gain steam in Latin America and Middle East as economies reopen

Brazil has eased restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus despite an upswing in new cases.   © Reuters

TOKYO/DUBAI/SAO PAULO -- As coronavirus outbreaks in developed nations start to subside, emerging countries struggling to contain the virus now account for the vast majority of new infections.

The seven-day moving average of new daily infections reached a record of over 120,000 on Wednesday, with more than 94,000 -- about four in five -- in developing countries. These figures are based on World Health Organization data and United Nations country classifications.

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