Friday 14th May 2021.

May 14, 2021

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of this Thursday, May 13, highlighted that in the last 24 hours a new death has been registered.  In addition, two deaths from previous dates are updated, bringing a total of 6,288 accumulated deaths, for a fatality of 1.7%. In Panama, according to the Minsa, 358,358 recovered patients are counted. While active cases in the country total 4,809.  Also this Thursday, 525 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 369,455. According to the entity, 10,115 tests were applied, and it registered a percentage of positivity of 5.1%.4,487 are reported in home isolation, of which 4,274 are in their residence and 213 in the so-called hospital hotels.  While 322 are hospitalized, 277 of them are in a ward and 45 are in intensive care units.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) clarified on the afternoon of this Thursday, May 13, that due to failures in the electrical system, which supplies the Figali center, 13 patients were immediately transferred to the ITSE and the Albrook hospital. The transfer was coordinated with the medical directors of the ITSE and the hospital. Six were transferred to Albrook and seven to the ITSE, of this last group, four are close to being discharged.  The ITSE has a capacity of 114 beds, 95 in the moderate room and 19 for the special respiratory care unit.  While the Hospital Solidario has 100 beds, of which 30 are currently occupied.

As a new proposal, and willing to join forces, the political parties also decided to enter the race to collect signatures to convene a parallel constituent.For now, the movement that will group the parties, and that still has no name, is made up of the Panameñista Party, Cambio Democrático (CD) and the Partido Alternativa Independiente Social [currently in formation]. They were also joined by the National Bar Association, as well as some associations of university students and farmers. They had their first meeting yesterday. They hope to continue adding other parties, as well as businessmen, workers and other groups in the country.

For the ninth time, the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) signed an addendum to extend the construction time and validity of the contract that supports the construction of the Amador convention center.The addendum was signed on April 5, the day the contract expired in accordance with the terms of addendum 8, agreed between the ATP and the Chinese consortium made up of the companies China State Construction Engineering Corporation and CCA Building. Panama SA Precisely, the stoppage suffered by the construction sector in 2020 due to the quarantine decreed to stop the respiratory virus was one of the causes that the contractor argued in requesting more time.

The Public Ministry reported on the afternoon of this Thursday, May 13, that the Primary Care Section of the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office sent the investigation into the incident that occurred in the South corridor to the Drug Prosecutor’s Office.At the moment, according to the Public Ministry, a woman of Colombian nationality has been apprehended. In the vehicle in which the apprehended woman was traveling, 58 packages with alleged illicit substances were found, inside five bags.

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