Friday 10th December 2021.

December 10, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Thursday, December 9, that in the last 24 hours a death from coronavirus was reported . With this new death, the total number of deaths from the respiratory virus amounts to 7,382. The ministry also reported that 189 new Covid-19 infections were reported. In the last hours they applied 4,032 tests. The positivity was 4.6%. In Panama, 480,090 cases are counted, of which 469,690 are reported as recovered. To date, there are 3,018 active cases, of which 2,907 are in home isolation and 111 hospitalized. Those who are in isolation are divided into 2,814 at home and 93 in hotels. There are 96 hospitalized in the ward and 15 in intensive care units.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, reiterated this Thursday, December 9, that epidemiological and genomic surveillance has been reinforced at the entrance and exit doors of the country. This, in order to be able to detect the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which to date has not occurred. Sucre also said that 90% of those who died from Covid-19 were not vaccinated or did not get their full schedule, not even the two anticovid doses. “That 90% leaves us 10% who had applied their second dose, but when you see the statistics, most of them were older than 60 years, with chronic, terminal diseases or significant comorbidities,” he said.

The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office achieved this Thursday, the imputation of charges to Denisse Vega de Murzi, Celine Gazal de Esses and Matías Escudero Pérez for the crime against public security, during the preliminary hearing of the case of the clandestine vaccinations carried out in Coco del Mar and Punta Pacifica. The hearing began at 10:00 am this Thursday and a recess was decreed at noon. The prosecution hopes that the precautionary measures will be applied during the afternoon. This hearing takes place in the Auxiliary Hall of the Gil Ponce Palace, in Ancón, behind closed doors, without the presence of journalists. The Public Ministry reported, in the afternoon that due to the request from the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, a Guarantees judge declared a complex case the investigation of two days of clandestine vaccinations carried out in Coco del Mar and Punta Pacifica. For this reason, the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office was given six more months to continue the investigation of this case reported last June.

The Attorney General (in charge), Javier Caraballo , affirmed this Thursday, that so far he has “little information” about the plea agreement in which Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares admits to having participated in a scheme to launder the bribes of the construction company Odebrecht , through the US financial system. “It is something that has just happened. I would not like to anticipate situations that we do not have at hand, “said Caraballo. Caraballo said that, “in due course,” the prosecutors handling the case in Panama could request legal assistance. He did not specify what would be requested from the United States, except that the assistance will be “required or necessary” in these cases. “The Public Ministry does not announce its actions. After it executes them, they make them known […] the prosecutors will always make the best decision, “he said. “They are universal temptations. We all know the context and the tremendous levels of corruption at the hemispheric level that began with the Odebrecht case and others, ”said the head of the United States diplomatic mission in Panama, Stewart Tuttle. Tuttle added that, in the case of the Martinelli Linares brothers, “what we are doing is complying with our own laws for violations that occurred in the United States, within the US financial system.” Among the accused are former presidents Juan Carlos Varela and Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal , and the latter’s two sons (Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares), among others.

The director of the Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia (LNB) , Gloriela Del Río, –who was administratively sanctioned for “breaches of ethics” after the apprehension of three former officials for the irregular collection of winning chances and tickets–, will remain in her position. This was announced by President Laurentino Cortizo this Thursday, December 9, 2021. “Until the investigation is finished, it should stay, for now,” he said.

The Ministry of Culture, through the National Directorate of the Arts, and the Office of the First Lady will offer various shows in Park Omar during the month of December, the entrance of which is free. According to the Ministry of Culture, “they are free entry initiatives” and designed for children, youth and adults. The program of activities begins this Friday, December 10, at 6:30 pm with the presentation of “Jazz in December” , directed by Luis Carlos Pérez. Then this Saturday, December 11 there will be three events. They are the plays The Day Christmas Was Saved (4:30 pm) and The Fourth Wise Man (6:00 pm), as well as the presentation of the Cantable Quartet, at 7:00 pm It will be directed by Hiroi Chong. The day that Christmas was saved, he relates that Betito, Tita and Pancho are excited about the festivities in December until they discover that Mr. Melquiades, a bitter neighbor. While The Story of the Fourth Wise King focuses on the life of Apollinaris, the fourth Wise Man, a charming, clueless and big-hearted character, who last came to know Jesus by stopping on the way from the East to help people. that needed it. The activities continue this December 12, at 6:30 pm with the presentation of the Network of Youth Choirs and Orchestras.

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