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Biden ends COVID-19 national emergency after Congress acts

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The US national emergency to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic ended Monday as President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan congressional resolution to bring it to a close after three years — weeks before it was set to expire alongside a separate public health emergency, the Associated Press reported.اضافة اعلان

The national emergency allowed the government to take sweeping steps to respond to the virus and support the country's economic, health, and welfare systems.

The public health emergency — it underpins tough immigration restrictions at the US-Mexico border — is set to expire on May 11.

The White House issued a one-line statement Monday saying Biden had signed the measure behind closed doors, after having publicly opposed the resolution though not to the point of issuing a veto.

More than 197 Democrats in the House voted against it when the GOP-controlled chamber passed it in February. Last month, as the measure passed the Senate by a 68–23 vote, Biden let lawmakers know he would sign it.

More than 1.13 million people in the US have died from COVID-19 over the past three years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 1,773 people in the week ending April 5.

Then-President Donald Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar first declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020, and Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency that March.

The emergencies have been repeatedly extended by Biden since he took office in January 2021, and he broadened the use of emergency powers after entering the White House.

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