The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday it expects the global pandemic to spread to more than 100 countries by 2020, with the United States as the most likely target for an increase in cases.
The CDC said the new forecasts are based on new data from its Global Capability to Monitor and Respond (GCPMR) system.
That system monitors and responds to global health emergencies, including coronaviruses, and has tracked the spread of the virus since February.
The global pandemics has become more complex, with many of the new coronaviral threats affecting a few dozen countries.
It has also forced the CDC to move faster to detect and respond to coronavirence outbreaks.
The new forecasts from the GCPMR system are based only on the most recent data, the CDC said in a statement.
It said the GIPMR system, which includes a system for measuring COVID-19, is “more accurate and comprehensive” and that it has more data on the global spread of coronavids than any other method.
“We will continue to deploy this system to track global transmission and response events, as well as assess the effects of COVID,” the CDC added.
The GCPMPR system will track the spread and extent of COID-19 outbreaks for each country for the first half of 2020, the agency said.