Monday 6th July 2020.

July 6, 2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Sunday night, July 5, that 27 deaths have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours due to the Covid-19 disease. Add that to the figures for Saturday over the weekend 49 Panamanians died.

According to the epidemiological report of this Sunday, 1,166 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the country. With Saturdays figure of 988, over the weekend there were a total of 2154 new cases.

The sequestering of the assets of Corporación La Prensa, SA (Corprensa) , ordered by a civil court, is a sign of a “failed state”, by preventing the operation of the newspapers La Prensa and Mi Diario and hindering the payment of wages to 240 workers, warned the National Council of Journalism (CNP).

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) expressed this Saturday, July 4, that the sequestering of the shares and bank accounts of Corporación La Prensa, SA (Corprensa) is of “great concern” , due to the danger that its consequences represent for the operational continuity of “an important means of communication in the country and therefore for freedom of expression.”

The Public Ministry (MP), through the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, is advancing in at least seven investigations for possible crimes against the public administration, related to alleged irregularities in contracts, cost overruns and the use of solidarity bonds amid the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

Juan Carlos Varela has an appointment at the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office that investigates the Odebrecht case on July 7. That day he will be questioned for the first time in this case, since last Thursday, July 2, the former President of the Republic (2014-2019) only gave his version of events.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (Mici) announced that the establishment in the country of five new headquarters of multinational companies was approved and whose initial investment will be about 38 million dollars.

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