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“I think we’re going to start to see the pandemic roll over in the United States, in terms of cases coming down,” Gottlieb said. However, he did say that “we’re still going to have outbreaks in some parts of the country.”

“We’re never going to virtually eliminate this virus,” said Gottlieb. This is in line with what other public health experts have stated about the virus, calling it an endemic, albeit predicting a more mild concern for the future.

“But I think you’re going to start to see cases come down quite dramatically as we get into May,” said Gottlieb.

On Monday, the seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases in the US was around 67,400, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This number is a decrease compared to last week, but still significantly higher than normal.

However, arguably a more important piece of data continues to fall. The seven-day average of daily new deaths related to COVID-19 was 723, a decrease of 25 percent.

Gottlieb believes that warm weather allowing people to interact outside and continued progress in the vaccine campaign will help drive cases down.

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