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President Joe Biden said in a 60 minutes interview on Sunday that the COVID-19 pandemic is a thing of the past.
“The pandemic is over,” he said. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still working on it a lot. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, nobody’s wearing a mask. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape, and so I think that’s changing , and I think [the Detroit Auto show resuming after three years] is a perfect example.”
The National Institutes of Health define a pandemic as “an epidemic of disease, or other health problem, that occurs over a large area (several countries or continents) and usually affects a significant portion of the population”.
Are we really safe?
Worldwide, there have been approximately 612 million cases of coronavirus. The number of new daily cases peaked in January for many countries, including the United States (806,987), France (366,554) and India (311,982), according to Our World in Data, an international organization of scientists.
We’ve come a long way since then – as of Saturday there were around 493,000 cases globally – but there are still thousands of cases being detected every day, and many estimates could be wrong, as many cases are not reported.
From August 16 to September 17, there were 19.4 million new cases worldwide, with some of the largest increases occurring in Japan (29%), Taiwan (20%) and Hong Kong (19%). ). The United States recorded a 3% increase in cases during this period, which equates to 2.5 million incidents.
In Japan, there is a daily cap on the number of people who can arrive in the country and individual tourist visits have been banned, although these guidelines are expected to be rescinded soon. Additionally, on September 7, the country lifted its requirement to take a test within 72 hours of landing in Japan, as long as you are vaccinated, according to Nikkei.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also eased COVID-19 restrictions, such as issuing the same guidelines to vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans and shortening the quarantine period from 10 days to five. However, he did not publicly declare an end to the pandemic.