Friday 17th July 2020.

July 17, 2020

130 days have elapsed since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in the country, on March 9, the amount has now reached 50,373 cumulative cases and 1,000 deaths, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported yesterday.  Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, reported that in the last 24 hours, 1,130 new cases were registered and 18 patients died.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , announced on the national network that he decreed this Friday, July 17, as a day of national reflection for the thousand deaths caused by the coronavirus in Panama.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, said yesterday, that his Government will coordinate, once it is available on the market, the purchase of the vaccine against the Covid-19 disease. This management is being done with the support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health.

The Panamanian Hotel Association (Apatel) requested the immediate suspension of the hiring carried out by the Ministry of Health (Minsa), for the laundry service and cleaning of the rooms of the hotel-hospitals where patients with the Covid 19 are staying, and accused the authorities of allowing sanitary regulations to be breached, on the premises of their members.

Total silence is the response of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to La Prensa’s repeated questions about biosecurity controls in the service of washing bedding and cleaning the rooms of hotels-hospitals where they have patients infected with Covid-19 .

Omar Pinzón , Frank Ábrego and Belsio González , former directors of the National Police, the National Border Service (Senafront) and the National Naval Service (Senan), respectively, were indicted for the alleged illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Balboa Drydock

The Sahara dust phenomenon is returning to Panama this week, Carlos Rumbo , director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) , warned this Wednesday

The tuna vessel MV Taurus Tuna entered on Thursday morning, into one of the two dry docks set up in the Balboa shipyard where it will remain for approximately 10 days during which time it will undergo repair and maintenance work.

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