Is the COVID-19 pandemic over in the United States?
In an interview aired September 18, U.S. President Joe Biden did say "the pandemic is over".
But formally speaking, the U.S. has not declared the end of the pandemic.
The country is still operating under a public health emergency, first declared in January, 2020.
The government is expected to renew that labeling in October, but it's also likely to let the public health emergency expire in January, 2023.
The World Health Organization reported in mid-September that the global number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020.
"We are not there yet. But the end is in sight."
“我们还没有到（战胜疫情）那一步 。但终点线就在眼前 。”
Vaccines and treatments have helped lower the rates of death and severe illnesses.
But in the U.S., an average of nearly 400 people a day continue to die from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an average of over 4,300 are hospitalized each day.
And top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci says the virus is continuing to evolve.
"With the combination of the evolution of variants as well as the seasonal aspects that as we get into this coming late fall and winter, it is likely that we will see another variant emerge."
Biden made his comments on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show, the largest in North America, where the president noted that very few people around him were wearing masks.
至于拜登的言论，是他在北美最大的车展--底特律汽车展的间隙发出的 。这位美国总统称，他身边几乎已经没有人戴口罩了 。
The CDC dropped an indoor masking recommendation from February for people in counties with low or medium COVID-19 levels, that's now almost 87% of the country.
From federal to state levels, many authorities have also scrapped mask requirements in various settings.