Friday 11th June 2021.

June 11, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) revealed, this Thursday, June 10, that in the last 24 hours 841 new positive cases of Covid-19 were registered, for a cumulative total of 385,353. 6 deaths were also reported, totaling 6,419 accumulated, for a fatality of 1.7%. To date, 11,591 tests have been applied, and a positivity percentage of 7.2% remains, announced the epidemiological report of the Minsa. Active cases are 8,449, and recovered patients total 370,485. While 7,986 people are reported in home isolation, of which 7,586 are at home and 400 in hospital hotels. There are 463 hospitalized patients and of them 397 are in the ward and 66 are in the intensive care unit.

The vaccination process against Covid-19 in the Drive through enabled at the Rommel Fernández stadium this Wednesday registered a record number of people immunized with a total of 3,500 doses given. Giacommo Tamburelli, president of the Active 20-30 Club of Panama and who is one of those who coordinates the vaccination in the drive through stressed that these figures need to return to normal soon and that the appointments have to be managed digitally.

The vaccination strategy against the coronavirus will include different components once the country begins to receive at least 400 thousand doses a week, said Eduardo Ortega, advisor to the Panama Covid-19 Vaccine Research Consortium. Ortega stressed that within three weeks Panama will be receiving 400 thousand doses against the virus.

The Environmental Law Association presented this Thursday a criminal complaint against Philip Pascall, legal representative of Minera Panamá, SA and the Minister of Commerce and Industries, Ramón Martínez , as well as his predecessors, to investigate the possible crime against the environment. The complaint is also directed against the previous environment ministers. The current incumbent Milciades Concepción is not mentioned.

The Panama Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP) reported that it sanctioned the owners of the Costa Rican flaged Kembly III vessel, with $ 250,000 for carrying out fishing operations for prohibited species in the exclusive economic zone south of Punta Coco, in the Gulf of Panama. The vessel had in its holds more than 2,286 pounds of prohibited species such as shark, dorado, tuna and sailfish.

After the contamination of the waters of Taboga Island was reported, personnel from the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) came to the sector to remove the material and collect evidence to start the investigations. “We have taken samples to know exactly what type of products we are mitigating and then go to the vessels and make a comparison and find those responsible and thus fine the people who have carried out the contamination,” said Araúz.

Neopanamax vessel

The increase in rainfall in the Canal basin raised the level of Gatun Lake above the record that it should have for the date. The Gatun’s elevation yesterday was 85.7 feet or 0.26 feet above the level it should have on this date. This water level allows the administration of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to offer the maximum draft, which is 50 feet, to Neopanamax vessels.

The electricity distribution company ENSA reported this Thursday, June 10, that the first mobile power transformer arrived in the country that will allow transforming or reducing the voltage of a high voltage system (115,000 volts) to a medium voltage system (13,800 volts). “Hence the importance of this new mobile equipment, which would work temporarily in the event that one of ENSA’s substation transformers is out of availability or requires maintenance,” they added.

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