Market Desk (Health): Although the number of deaths in the US continues to rise, President Joe Biden has announced that the epidemic is over in the country.
Statistics show more than 400 Americans die on average every day. Last week, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the end of the pandemic was “in sight”.
In an interview on CBS television’s “Sixty Minutes,” Biden said the US still has “a lot of work” to do to control the coronavirus.
He said, you notice that no one is wearing a mask. Everyone seems to be doing pretty well. I think that is changing.
The pandemic has left a “deep” impact on the psyche of Americans, he said.
That changed everything, Biden said. It has changed the attitude of people about the condition of themselves, family, nation and society. It was a very difficult time, very difficult.
But administration officials told US media on Monday that the president’s comments did not signal a change in policy and that there were no plans to lift the current Covid-19 public health emergency. In August, US officials extended the public health emergency until October 13, which had been in place since January 2020.
The 7 day average death toll now stands at more than 400, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In January 2021, the virus killed more than 23,000 people in a single week. About 65% of the total US population is now considered to be fully vaccinated.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to renew that designation in October but then let the public health emergency expire in January 2023.
By Lisanur Rasul