Wednesday 4th May 2022.

May 4, 2022


The epidemiology report from the Ministry of Health for this Tuesday, May 3, reports 652 new cases of Covid-19 and three deaths. With these figures, 8,188 deaths are now registered since the first case was reported in the country, in 2020. The lethality is 1.1%. The Minsa also indicated that in the last 24 hours, 4,545 tests were applied for a positivity of 14.3%. There are a total of 6,483 active cases in the country. Of these, 6,365 are in home isolation. While 118 patients are confined in hospitals, of these, 106 are confined in the wards and 12 in the intensive care units.

The increase in cases of Covid-19 in the country in recent weeks could be related to “an exaggerated relaxation” of citizens in maintaining biosafety standards, said Israel Cedeño, Metropolitan Director of Health of the Ministry of Health (Minsa). Cedeño reiterated that this relaxation is basically a fact in the maintenance of health discipline. “The Metropolitan Health Region does not escape this reality; we have had a rebound in cases.”

Zulay Rodríguez

For the second time in a month and a half, the Public Ministry requests that a provisional dismissal be issued in favor of the communicator Mauricio Valenzuela , considering that there are no elements to accuse him of the crime of psychological personal injury, as the ruling deputy Zulay Rodríguez claims . On March 17, the prosecutor Lorena Quirós Puga , from the section of Crimes against Life and Personal Integrity of the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office, requested a dismissal for Valenzuela, considering that there is no merit to proceed with the complaint against him. The deputy presented it in January 2020. That decision was appealed by Rodríguez and, on April 29, the prosecutor Adyánis Valdés validated what Quirós Puga had judged, in all its parts. “In the folder in the analysis the concerns are that, there are no elements of conviction that prove the existence of threats, intimidation, blackmail, persecution or harassment against a woman or forces her to do or stop doing, tolerate exploitation, threats, demands of obedience, submission, humiliation, among other behaviors, ”says prosecutor Valdés.

An Appeals Court confirmed the prison sentence for the two people who were found guilty of aggravated homicide, femicide, aggravated robbery and deprivation of liberty of seven young people in the province of Colón. The Public Ministry reported this Tuesday, May 3, that the Prosecutor’s Office of Colón and Guna Yala managed to confirm the conviction for this event that occurred on July 17, 2020 in the Espinar sector. On December 29, 2021, an Oral Trial Court sentenced Reynaldo Cuadra McBean to 50 years in prison and Jean Carlos Hernández to 36 years in prison, for this case.

After several months of investigations, the Homicide and Femicide Prosecutor of the Public Ministry (MP) of Chiriquí, Hernán de Jesús Mora, reported the arrest of a citizen for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of three women in this province. “There are situations that powerfully draw our attention and that are binding in all three cases. One lived in El Cabrero, David; another in Paja de Sombrero, district of Gualaca; and another in Veladero, Tolé”, said Prosecutor Mora.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Erika Mouynes, during her participation this Tuesday, in the “First Working Group of Central America-Caribbean plus the European Union (EU)” discussing the challenges faced by the countries of the said region. “As Central Americans and Caribbeans, we not only want to be heard, we also want the challenges we are facing to be addressed,” Mouynes said in the presence of representatives from 22 countries and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell . The high representative of the EU said that he is interested in strengthening bilateral ties and advancing the relations of the European Union with Central America and the Caribbean. He added that it was more difficult than the one held seven years ago when the last meeting between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean was held. “And being here with you today is an opportunity for me, which I want to use to thank, and to first of all point out the clear position that Latin America, as a whole, and in particular Central America and the Caribbean, have had in condemning the Russian aggression against Ukraine,” he said.

Speeding violations were the most recorded by the Traffic Operations Directorate of the National Police in April. According to the report, in 30 days of April, 50 thousand 269 traffic violations were recorded. It is specified that of this total, 17 thousand 63 were due to speeding, 2 thousand 608 due to inadequate lights and 1,426 due to proven drunkenness. Likewise, it is reported that 2 thousand 826 accidents were attended and 2 thousand 652 vehicles had to be removed with a tow truck.

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