Friday 24th September 2021.

September 24, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) in its epidemiological report, of this Thursday, September 23, reported that the active cases of Covid-19 are 3,558, that is, 329 less than yesterday, Wednesday. The new infections reported in the last 24 hours are 324. These cases were detected after 8,413 tests were applied, which yielded a positivity of 3.8%. Regarding deaths, the report indicates that the last registered are 9, plus one death from a previous date. This increases the total deaths to 7,192. 3,261 people are reported in home isolation, of which 3,118 are at home and 143 in hospital hotels. There are 297 hospitalized patients and 236 of them are in the ward and 61 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), that is, 3 less than yesterday.

The decrease in active cases of Covid-19 in the last two weeks has represented a significant drop in infections in the health regions of San Miguelito and Panama Metro. The Metropolitan Health Region reported a decrease of about 324 cases of the new coronavirus in the last week.

Citizens returned yesterday to the vicinity of the National Assembly to protest against the package of electoral reforms approved by the deputies and against acts of corruption. “We lack resources, we have plenty of thieves”, “Not everything legal is moral, not the double application”, “Enough already!”, Are some of the messages on the banners carried by the participants of the vigil, convened at 5:00 pm.

The presiding magistrate of the Tribunal Electoral  (TE), Heriberto Araúz, confirmed that there are already 24 consensual articles of bill 544 that reforms the Electoral Code. This yesterday the TE and the National Assembly had the third meeting at the technical table that reviews the changes to the electoral reforms. The day was destined to capture in black and white the articles agreed upon. “We are talking about the fact that today we define 24 articles on the different topics that we have been advancing in these first two sessions,” said Arauz when giving the report on what was worked on to date.

The hiring of civil servants and the high cost of the payroll of the National Assembly were a key issue during the support of the budget of that institution for 2022. Crispiano Adames , president of the body, appeared before his colleagues from the Budget Commission and assured that the $ 135.5 million recommended by the Ministry of Economy and Finance are insufficient, which would affect the entity’s investment plans. For his part, Benicio Robinson , president of the commission, gave a long speech on the rights of the deputies and complained about the prerogatives that, according to him, have been taken away from them. Robinson, for his part, in addition to defending the hiring of civil servants, questioned the argument that the deputies have “prerogatives.” “I will not let them want to continue taking away my rights,” he said in relation to citizen demands that various expenses related to legislative work be reduced. “Even if they want to criticize me tomorrow, it will be another line for the tiger,” argued Robinson amid laughter from his fellow commissioners.

The Trial Court advocated the process followed by former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) for the wiretapping acknowledged yesterday that he was given “excessive publicity” and with this the testimony of the expert of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences was affected ( Imelcf) Luis Rivera Calle, who was summoned to the stand as a witness for the Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime. Prosecutor Ricaurte González requested the sanction, because a digital site published the cross-examination that, to add insult to injury, as he warned, has not ended and therefore the leak damages the trial, which must be impartial. After hearing the two parties, the Court did not sanction Martinelli’s defense, as requested by the prosecutor, but it did acknowledge the impact of the testimony.

Two Panamanian citizens were detained – provisionally – for their alleged connection with the crime of aggravated robbery, to the detriment of migrants of Haitian nationality. During a hearing, the arrest of the Panamanians was legalized and charges were brought against them for the crime against economic assets, the Public Ministry reported.

The price of 95 and 91 octane gasoline will decline over the next two weeks, while diesel will increase. The price per gallon of 95 octane gasoline is currently at $ 3 49 cents and as of this today it will drop to $ 3 46. 91 octane gasoline is priced per gallon of $ 3 39 cents and will now cost $ 3 38 cents. Meanwhile, low-sulfur diesel is at $ 2 91 cents and will increase to $ 2 96 cents.

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