The Biden administration in May plans to end national and public health emergencies related to the coronavirus, signaling a new focus on how the federal government views Covid nearly three years after the pandemic began.

Existing emergency declarations would run through May 11 and then expire, the White House said in a statement Monday. Advance notice is designed to give states, health care providers, and hospitals enough time to adjust to the changes.

The measure to reduce the state of emergency, first implemented during the Trump administration, was announced in response to a pair of bills in the Republican-controlled House that would immediately end the remarks.

The White House said it opposed the GOP timetable, arguing that ending emergency programs and policies now «would create far-reaching chaos and uncertainty» within the nation’s health care system and government operations, which span to hospitals, doctor’s offices and patients.

The World Health Organization, which declared a global pandemic in 2020, said Monday that Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged the «views of a WHO committee that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be at a point of transition».

Thousands of people in the US continue to die from the coronavirus virus every week, but the number has dropped significantly in the past two years.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,756 people died from covid last week, compared with about 22,500 people in the last week of January 2021 and about 17,000 in the same period last year.