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Health News Roundup: US Public Health Emergency COVID To Stay In Place; China’s Silk Road Fund to invest in Indonesian pharmaceutical companies and more

Below is a summary of current health news briefs.

COVID cases surge in China, record daily numbers in Beijing and other cities

China reported 14,878 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 12, including a record number of new daily cases in the capital Beijing, as well as manufacturing hubs Guangzhou and Zhengzhou. The new cases come as industrial activity in Guangzhou and Zhengzhou has been disrupted by restrictions aimed at controlling outbreaks.

US public health emergency COVID to stay in place

The United States will maintain a public health state of emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to continue to receive free tests, vaccines and treatment, two Biden administration officials said Friday. The possibility of a winter surge in COVID cases and the need for more time to move from the public health emergency to a private market were two factors that contributed to the decision not to end the state of emergency in January, said one of the functionaries.

China Silk Road Fund to invest in Indonesian pharmaceutical companies

China’s Silk Road Fund (SRF) and Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund INA are investing in two state-owned Indonesian pharmaceutical companies in a deal worth around 1.86 trillion rupees ($120 million), a government official said on Sunday. vice Minister. Both SRF and INA will invest in listed PT Kimia Farma Tbk and its unit PT Kimia Farma Apotek, Indonesia’s deputy SOE minister Pahala Mansury told a news conference in Bali on the sidelines of a G20 summit.

US Judge Rejects Biden Administration’s LGBT Health Protections

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the administration of President Joe Biden had misconstrued an Obamacare provision that prohibited health care providers from discriminating against gay and transgender people. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo ruled that a landmark 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that a law prohibiting workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees it does not apply to health care law.

Uganda confirms Ebola case in eastern country as outbreak spreads

A case of Ebola has been confirmed in Jinja in eastern Uganda, the country’s health minister said on Sunday, the first time the outbreak has spread to a new region of the country from central Uganda, where cases have limited so far. Authorities have been struggling to contain the highly infectious and deadly hemorrhagic fever since the epidemic was declared on September 20.

Australia seeks to reassure citizens about COVID after cruise ship outbreak

On Saturday, Australia’s Home Secretary sought to reassure the public that COVID-19 protocols were adequate after a cruise ship carrying hundreds of infected passengers docked in Sydney. Carnival Australia’s Majestic Princess cruise ship docked in Sydney, the capital of the most populous state New South Wales, with 800 passengers on board “in the vicinity” who have tested positive for the virus, the company said.

(With contributions from agencies).

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