U.S. extends COVID-19 public health emergency declaration

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WASHINGTON  – The United States on Thursday extended the COVID-19 pandemic’s status as a public health emergency for another 90 days, thereby preserving measures like high payments to hospitals and expanding Medicaid.

The U.S announced the extension. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra on Thursday. Last month, President Joe Biden said in an interview that “the pandemic is over,” which prompted criticism from health experts.

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic had diminished significantly since early in Biden’s term, when more than 3,000 Americans per day were dying, as enhanced care, medications, and vaccinations have become more widely available.

But hundreds of people a day die from the coronavirus in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden has asked Congress for $22.4 billion more in funding to prepare for a potential case surge.

Former President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in 2020 to free up $50 billion in federal aid.

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