US Extends Public Health Emergency Status: The US health department extended the COVID-19 pandemic’s designation as a public health emergency on Wednesday, enabling millions of Americans to continue receiving free screenings, shots, and treatments.
The coronavirus pandemic first prompted the emergency declaration in January 2020, and it has since been updated every three months. It was supposed to be over this week.
Since early in President Joe Biden‘s administration, when more than 3,000 Americans died per day from the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of vaccines and treatments has considerably reduced the toll.
But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the US still perish from the coronavirus every day (CDC).
While still far lower than the record-breaking Omicron surge levels of last January, daily U.S. cases have increased to an average of about 67,000 as of January 4, with over 390 COVID-related deaths each day, according to the most recent CDC statistics.
Officials from the Biden administration had stated in November that the decision not to lift the emergency status in January was influenced by the potential for a winter spike in COVID cases and the need for extra time to move to a private market for the selling of testing, vaccines, and treatments.
When it ends, most Americans’ COVID healthcare expenses will be covered by private insurance and public health programs. Follow Newswatchlist.com for more information. You can also leave your thoughts in the comment section, and don’t forget to bookmark our website.