Friday 23rd April 2021.

April 23, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Thursday, April 22, that in the last 24 hours two new deaths from coronavirus have been reported, and they update two deaths from previous days. With these new deaths, the accumulated amount rises to 6,198, for a fatality of 1.7%. Meanwhile, 314 new positive cases are reported, for a cumulative total of 361,992. The epidemiological report highlights that 9,021 tests were applied, and the percentage of positivity is 3.4%. To date, the number of people recovered amounts to 351,949. As of this Thursday, the active cases are 3,845, which reflects a decline. In home isolation, 3,455 are reported, of which 3,251 are at home and 204 in hotels. There are 390 hospitalized and 324 of them are in the ward and 66 are in intensive care units.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) is evaluating the feasibility of accepting the cooperation of the private sector for the application of the doses of vaccines against Covid-19 . The official clarified that, for now, vaccines against the new coronavirus cannot be commercialized by the Panamanian private sector. “One of the requirements to market any drug is the certificate of free sale, which at this time none of the vaccines have,” he said.

7:00 am yesterday Thursday, April 22, 2021, the AstraZeneca / University of Oxford vaccination process against Covid-19 began in the country. The first person to be inoculated with this vaccine at the Rommel Fernández autoexpress was the vice president of the country and also Minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Carrizo.

There are seven days until the end of the ordinary sessions of the National Assembly [April 30] and the full legislature stepped on the accelerator in the discussion of the 118 bills that until yesterday were on the agenda.

The Commission for Women, Children, Youth and the Family of the National Assembly has not yet reached a consensus to approve in the first debate a bill that establishes a system of guarantees for the protection of children and adolescents.

95-octane gasoline will increase 4 cents a gallon, 91-octane 3 cents and low-sulfur diesel 5 cents from this Friday, April 23 until May 7, announced the National Energy Secretariat.    With this adjustment, the 95 octane gallon will sell for $ 3.23; 91 octane at $ 3.14 and diesel at $ 2.64 a gallon.

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