Friday 15th January 2021.

January 15, 2021

Panama registered a new record of patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units (ICU), according to the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of this Thursday. As of this date, 237 people are hospitalized, eight more than those reported on Wednesday. The previous record was on January 4 with 235 patients in the ICU. The report highlights that 57 deaths from coronavirus are reported, of which 46 are from the last 24 hours and 11 included from previous dates. The total number of deaths since the pandemic began, in March 2020, amounts to 4,651 (giving a fatality rate of 1.6%).  According to the report 2,877 new cases are reported, for a cumulative total of 291,285. Of this last figure, 230,702 patients have recovered. The health authorities applied 13,269 tests to date, for a positivity percentage of 21.6%

The field hospital in La Chorrera, West Panama province, has already received the first patients with Covid-19 for hospitalization.

The British government on Thursday prohibited arrivals from all South American countries, Panama, and also Portugal “given its close travel ties with Brazil “, due to the new strain of the coronavirus found in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Land Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT) reported this Wednesday, that in Panama and West Panama, starting today Friday, taxis whose plates end in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be able to circulate.

The president of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC), Jorge Lara, sent a letter to the general director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, where he raised a “series of concerns” expressed by the representatives of the union before the board of directors of the CSS.

The Tocumen International Airport, SA has called, starting today Friday, a tender to contract the rapid test application service to passengers who want to enter the country and do not have the negative result of a Covid-19 test from their place of origin.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , inaugurated on Thursday, the first shovel that marked the beginning of the construction of the extension project of Line 1 of the Panama Metro , from San Isidro to Villa Zaíta.

The gallon of 95 octane gasoline will have an increase of 8 cents, that of 91 octane 9 cents and the low sulfur diesel 4 cents as of this Friday, and will remain in place until January 29, announced the National Energy Secretariat.

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