Thursday 18th February 2021.

February 18, 2021

According to the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) for Wednesday, in the last 24 hours there have been 17 new deaths in the country  due to Covid-19.  With these new deaths there are a total of 5,672 accumulated deaths in the country, for a fatality of 1.7%. According to the Minsa, today 504 new positive cases were detected, While 4,113 tests were applied, for a percentage of positivity of 12.2%. In addition, active cases total 12,035. 1,394 people are hospitalized, 1,184 of them are in a ward and 210 are in an intensive care unit.

The Minister of Health, Eyra Ruiz, declared this Wednesday, that a total of 12,441 health professionals will receive the second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine against Covid-19. Ruiz made the statement during a tour of the vaccination centers where these health professionals will receive the second dose from this Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) clarified that the total quarantine during Saturday and Sunday is maintained in six provinces of the country. Through its official Twitter account, the Minsa detailed that the total quarantine measure is for the provinces of Panama, Oeste Panama, Herrera, Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, asked that the perpetrators responsible for the crimes committed against the rights of girls, boys and adolescents in shelters, “must be punished with the maximum rigor of the law, without exceptions”.

In January 2021, the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco) resolved a total of 75 complaints in favor of consumers, which amounted to $ 1,177,351.88 million.

The members of the National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep) announced this Wednesday, February 17, their rejection of bill No. 487 because it would generate new “costs and impositions for the private sector”, which is affected by the crisis generated for the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 265,061 public servants will receive this Friday , the thirteenth month, corresponding to the month of April, reported the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF). The amount to be disbursed is $ 51.2 million and is for employees of the central government, decentralized entities, public companies, financial intermediaries, boards of trustees and municipalities.

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