Friday 3rd June 2022.
June 3, 2022
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed on Thursday afternoon that four deaths were reported due to covid-19 in the last 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 8,262 deaths and a lethality of 1.0%. While the districts that report the highest number of cases this Thursday are Juan Díaz with 168, San Francisco with 144, Betania with 134, Bella Vista with 131, Rufina Alfaro with 111 and Pacora with 100 cases. 3,789 new cases are reported, 16,707 tests were applied, for a positivity of 22.7%. There are a total of 30,813 active cases, of which 30,533 are in isolation and 280 hospitalized. Those who are in isolation are divided into 30,493 in their homes and 40 in the so-called hospital hotels. In addition, there are 245 hospitalized in the wards and 35 patients in intensive care units.
The president of the National Bar Association (CNA), Juan Carlos Araúz, disagrees that the Executive Branch, headed by President Laurentino Cortizo, has extended the period for applicants for judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) can deliver their documentation to the State Commission for Justice. In principle, the Cabinet Council had issued a resolution, where the application period was until June 4, however, with the extension approved this June 1, it is extended to 10 days, that is, that stage ends on June 14. of June.
Since Wednesday applicants to obtain a popularly elected position through free application can request the Electoral Court (TE) the brief that they must complete and deliver with the application for recognition as pre-candidates. And this has already been done by various interested parties, as is the case of former deputy and former presidential candidate Ana Matilde Gómez. Gómez, who went to the headquarters of the TE, explained that on this occasion she seeks to occupy a seat in the National Assembly, for the 8-3 circuit (before 8-7). “We deserve a constituent process that modifies the entire political system,” said the former Attorney General of the Nation. Currently, the independent caucus is made up of five deputies. Another of those who announced his political intentions, through the independent channel, is the lawyer and former president of the newspapers La Estrella and El Siglo , Eduardo Quirós. “I have made the decision to participate politically, I want to do everything in the best way and, on the other hand, listen to Panamanians,” said Quirós, who announced that the position would be for the Presidency of the Republic.
Panama, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay and Haiti presented candidates to lead the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the next five years, the regional office of the World Health Organization announced this Thursday. The Panamanian is Camilo Alleyne , who was Minister of Health during the administration of former President Martín Torrijos. The candidate who receives the majority of the votes of the Member States will be appointed for a period of five years and may be re-elected once. He will take office on February 1, 2023. The successful candidate will replace Carissa F. Etienne, from Dominica, who will have served two terms in which she has had to deal with the covid-19 pandemic in recent years.
The Third Criminal Cases Liquidator Court granted a six-month extension to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office to conclude the investigation for the alleged commission of the crime of embezzlement in the construction of phase 1 of the Vía Brasil corridor, a work that was in charge of the company Fomento Constructions and Contracts (FCC). This case was reopened in 2021, after the prosecution received judicial assistance from Switzerland and the Netherlands, which contains information relevant to the investigation. The work was awarded in the Ricardo Martinelli administration (2009-2014).
Low-sulfur diesel will decrease 7 cents a liter or 29 cents a gallon, while 95-octane gasoline will increase 2 cents a liter or 10 cents a gallon, starting today, and the price will be in place until June 17, the National Secretary of Energy announced. 91 octane gasoline will also register an increase of 3 cents per gallon in the cities of Panama and Colón. With these adjustments, a gallon of diesel will sell below $5 at $4.64; while 95-octane gasoline will reach $5.48 a gallon and 91-octane $5.06. For the rest of the country, the price has a variation of cents due to transportation costs.