Friday 6th May 2022.

May 6, 2022


Panama continues to register a significant increase in cases of Covid-19 and in the last hours the health authorities reported 2,117 new infections. According to the records of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), the last time the country reported a similar number of new cases was last February 11 with 2,111. It was reported that 11,503 tests were applied for a positivity of 18.4%. The Minsa did not register deaths in the last 24 hours and since the pandemic arrived in the country the accumulated figure is 8,189 deaths and a lethality of 1.1%. The active cases of Covid-19 at the national level total 9,669, of which 9,544 are in home isolation and 125 hospitalized. Those in isolation are divided into 9,524 at home and 20 in hotels. The number of hospitalized to date is 109 in the Ward and 16 in intensive care. In addition, it is detailed that the districts with the highest incidence of cases in the last hours are Juan Díaz (77), San Francisco (72), Chitré (65) and Rufina Alfaro (63).

The Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies confirmed this Thursday, May 5, a case of acute hepatitis in a two-year-old boy, resident in the eastern Panama area. Earlier, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) had reported that it was investigating a suspected case of acute hepatitis, of unknown cause. Lourdes Moreno, national head of Epidemiology of the Minsa, pointed out that Gorgas’s confirmation has already been received and that the minor is out of danger, after being admitted to the Children’s Hospital.

More voices expressed misgivings about the environmental impact study for the development of a 50-hectare landfill in Amador. The Amador Foundation has already done so, asking the Ministry of the Environment to reject the study, and the Panama Canal Authority , which indicated that a compatibility study is required before continuing with the evaluation of the project. Now they have issued their criteria, as part of the evaluation process, the Smithsonian Institution, the International Council of Sites and Monuments (Icomos, for its acronym in English), the Technological University of Panama (UTP) and the Directorate of Coasts and Seas of the Ministry of Environment.

The mayor of the district of Panama, José Luis Fábrega , presented a new legal action before the Electoral Court (TE) , in the midst of the legal battle that he is carrying out to stop the process of revoking his mandate. Carlos Carrillo, one of his lawyers, went last Tuesday, May 3, to the Regional Directorate of Electoral Organization of the TE and filed an appeal against the decision of that body to reject another appeal that sought the annulment of the process, and against the refusal to provide copies of all proceedings.

The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) has awarded 17 ‘turnkey’ contracts out of a total of 23 that will be tendered in the current Government. The amount of the projects that already have an assigned contractor reaches 682 million dollars. Initially, the goal was to tender 25 contracts, but two were cancelled. The Guna General Congress rejected the construction of the highway that would link the community of Santa Isabel and Guna Yala, estimated at 63 million dollars, while the MOP canceled the tender for 46.2 million dollars to rehabilitate streets and roads in the district of Boquerón , Province of chiriqui.

A man was murdered on the morning of this Thursday, May 5, on Calle 66, San Francisco. According to official reports, this person received several bullet wounds while driving a blue van, causing a collision with the structure of the PH Kolozal Tower, located between 65 and 66, San Francisco. There are still nobody apprehended for this event, which was recorded at around 7:15 am

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) is interested in the development of the new Regional Center for Innovation in Vaccines and Biopharmaceuticals carried out by the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (Senacyt). This was stated by the president of the union, Marcela Galindo, at the monthly meeting of the Science movement in Panama, held on May 3, in order to publicize details of the Cciap work plan during its one-year term. Galindo indicated that this center will put Panama at the forefront of research and manufacturing of specialized medicines to meet local and regional needs.

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