Friday 12th February 2021.

February 12, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Thursday, that 708 new cases of coronavirus have been registered, after the application of 8,293 tests (8.5% positivity). In addition, 22 new deaths are reported in the last 24 hours. With these deaths, the accumulated total rises to 5,572, explained Leonardo Labrador, head of epidemiology at Minsa. There are 1,706 hospitalized people, of which 1,500 are in ward and 206 are in intensive care units (ICU).

The Labor, Health and Social Development Committee of the National Assembly approved in the first debate bill 542, which establishes temporary measures to preserve employment, normalize labor relations and extend the suspension of contracts due to the pandemic.

Dona Vida announced that it decided to suspend the collection of blood until further notice in the days of total quarantine. The measure, clarified the organization, will be until they receive from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) a certification that they will not suspend the activity again, as happened last Sunday, February 7.

Shouting slogans such as “we are suitable” and “respect my profession”, a group of people protested, Thursday, outside the National Assembly to express their rejection of article 17 of bill 314 on mental health. This article establishes that a psychiatrist will be in charge of evaluating and certifying the mental health of a patient.

The Vice Minister of Commerce, Omar Montilla, reported that the government continues to evaluate advancing the opening dates of activities and even making the curfew schedule more flexible, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic .

In recent years, the Felix B. Maduro department stores have registered a progressive drop in their sales, which was aggravated by the confinement measures and the closure of shops as a result of the pandemic. Such a situation has left the Importadora Maduro company , the holder of the Felix B. Maduro stores, in a state of imminent insolvency and default with banks and suppliers, with whom it accumulates $ 70 million in debts.

Gasolines of 91 and 95 octane, as well as low-sulfur diesel, will register an increase in their prices from this Friday, February 12, until February 26, announced the National Energy Secretariat.

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