Friday 15th October 2021.

October 15, 2021

The report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) , of this Thursday, registers 227 new positive cases of Covid-19 . It also reports one death in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths from this disease to 7,284. To detect new infections, 8,393 tests were carried out, which yielded a positivity of 2.7%. The active cases are 2,440  In home isolation, 2,228 people are reported, of which 2,120 are at home and 108 in hospital hotels. There are 212 hospitalized patients, of which 170 are in the ward and 42 are in the intensive care unit.

In the metropolitan region, it currently registers 864 active cases of Covid-19 , reported the Health Department of this sector. According to the figures, of the 864 patients with the virus, 705 are in home isolation, 123 in hotels and 16 in intensive care.

The deputies resumed Thursday morning, the discussion in the second debate of bill 544, which reforms the Electoral Code for the general elections of 2024. The plenary session -which has been in permanent session since Tuesday- began at 10:20 am with the intervention of the deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) , Víctor Castillo, president of the Government Commission.

Martinelli Brothers

The US embassy in Guatemala received this Wednesday, October 13, the file of Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , by the Foreign Ministry of Guatemala. With this, his extradition to the United States is formally authorized. The document was awaiting corrections by the competent courts, to be delivered to the diplomatic headquarters and was the only protocol that was missing to notify the authorization of its transfer. The two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal were captured on July 6, 2020, at the request of the United States, where they are required for the alleged commission of various crimes related to money laundering, in the Eastern District Court of New York. From the moment the date and flight number are confirmed, the Martinelli Linares brothers will separate their paths, since while one will be in the United States, the other will remain in prison in Guatemala.

With the assistance of the US Undersecretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, Panama and the United States held their fifth meeting of the High Level Security Dialogue this Thursday. Zeya will also discuss with the Panamanian authorities issues related to the migratory flow, especially the one registered at the border with Colombia.

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) revised up its estimate of economic growth for this year, from 8.2% to 13.8%. Manuel Ferreira, director of Economic Affairs of the Cciap, explained that the review is made considering the performance of the second quarter and the expectations for the second half of the year.

The Public Works Ministry (MOP) suspended the tender to build a highway that would connect Santa Isabel, in the Colón province, with Cartí, in the Guna Yala region. This project, whose reference price is $ 63 million, was rejected last week by the Guna General Congress, stating that the impacted communities and the highest authorities of the region were not consulted at the time the work was carried out. In this context, they detailed that the 38.3-kilometer highway would imply at least 10 works in the riverbed, impacting the water resource in an area of ​​marine-coastal wetlands. The MOP reported that it was a “rapprochement” meeting with indigenous authorities of the Guna Yala region, in which doubts and concerns about the Santa Isabel-Cartí project were clarified.He specified that the “suspension” of the tender was agreed until a dialogue with the Guna Congress was held.

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