The bite will expand the U.S. national emergency due to COVID-19 health risk
The bite will expand the U.S. national emergency due to COVID-19 health risk

The bite will expand the U.S. national emergency due to COVID-19 health risk

US President Joe Biden comments on his administration’s efforts to pursue deterrence and diplomacy in response to Russia’s military build – up on the border with Ukraine, from the White House in Washington, USA, 18 February 2022. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque

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February 18 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Friday that the US national emergency declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended beyond March 1 due to the continuing risk of public health posed by the coronavirus.

Biden said the deaths of more than 900,000 Americans from COVID-19 underscored the need to respond to the “full capacity” pandemic of the federal government.

Former President Donald Trump had declared a national emergency nearly two years ago to release $ 50 billion in federal aid.

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“There is still a need to continue this national emergency,” Biden said in a letter Friday to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.

The letter was released by the White House.

The emergency would have been automatically terminated unless the President, within 90 days before the anniversary of its declaration, sent a message to Congress that it should continue after the anniversary.

The bite’s move to prolong the emergency comes as a number of local leaders in the United States push back pandemic restrictions as the Omicron wave ebbs. Read more

The governors of New York and Massachusetts announced last week that they would end certain mask mandates in their states following similar moves by New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon.

U.S. health officials said earlier this week that they were preparing for the next phase of the pandemic as Omicron-related cases fall. Read more

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Edited by Will Dunham and Sandra Maler

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