U.S. National Emergency for COVID-19 Pandemic Officially Ends


FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in the State Dining Room of the White House on April 4, 2023, in Washington. The U.S. national emergency to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic ended Monday, April 10, as 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. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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After three years, the COVID-19 national emergency in the U.S. has concluded, with President Joe Biden signing a bipartisan congressional resolution on Monday. The emergency allowed the government to implement broad measures to address the pandemic and support economic and welfare systems. Many of these actions have been phased out or are being withdrawn.

The separate public health emergency, which enforces strict immigration restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border, is set to expire on May 11. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s COVID-19 mortgage forbearance program will end in May, while the Department of Veterans Affairs resumes in-home visits for caregiver assistance eligibility.

In the previous year, lawmakers extended telehealth flexibilities for two more years, enabling healthcare systems to continue offering increased remote care. Since the pandemic’s onset, over 1.13 million people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.

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