Friday 17th April 2020. You, me and the music as we head into another weekend of complete lock-down.

April 17, 2020

The Covid-19 leaves 109 dead and 4 thousand 16 people infected, highlighted the epidemiology report yesterday Thursday, April 16.  Lourdes Moreno, chief of epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, explained that 17,850 tests have been carried out in the country since the first case of the new coronavirus was detected, which has detected more than 2.1 million infected people worldwide.

One day after the Ministry of Education (Meduca) announced the temporary suspension of classes in private schools due to the pandemic, President Laurentino Cortizo said Thursday, that private schools will be able to continue with virtual classes, as long as they comply with a series of requirements that will be established by the educational authorities.

The Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel) announced on Thursday, the installation of a commission made up of workers, employers and the Government to coordinate actions in labor matters.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) installed a Drive Through to perform swabs in the Arraiján district, which allows people with suspected Covid-19 to be tested without leaving their vehicles. With this measure, the health authorities seek to identify the largest number of cases to place them in isolation.

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved on Wednesday, April 15, an emergency financial assistance for Panama for $ 515 million. “The pandemic has significantly weakened Panama’s macroeconomic outlook for 2020 and has opened a gap in the balance of payments estimated at around $ 3.7 billion,” the IMF said in a statement released on Thursday.

The Association of Restaurants and Related of Panama (ARAP) and the Association of Restaurants, Bars and Discotheques of Panama (ARBYD), presented to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI), several proposals that – from their perspectives – would help to reactivate businesses affected by the crisis caused by the coronavirus.



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