Friday 7th May 2021.

May 7, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Thursday, May 6, that in the last hours 389 new cases of coronavirus have been reported after the application of 8,708 tests (4.4% positivity). In addition, 3 new deaths are reported, for a cumulative total of 6,255 deaths. To date, Panama has 366,364 cases of Covid-19, and of that number 356,144 patients have recovered. Meanwhile, active cases amount to 3,965. In home isolation, 3,601 are reported, of which 3,415 are quarantining at home and 186 in hotels. Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized is 363, of them 306 are in ward and 58 in intensive care units (ICU).

The director of the Metropolitan Health Region, Israel Cedeño, reported this Thursday that in recent days there has been an increase in cases of Covid-19 in some sectors and that their teams are on alert against this situation. Cedeño highlighted that in this region there have been more than eight weeks with a downward trend, but that in the last epidemiological week in the 8-8 circuit, in the townships of Bella Vista, Betania and San Francisco there has been a slight elevation of cases. “Not like we had in November, December and January, but townships that were reporting three or four new cases a day, there have been days that have reported seven, eight and even ten,” Cedeño said.

In the first five months of 2021, a total of 1,986 nurses and nursing technicians were included in the State payroll, through the Ministry of Health (Minsa) , for an amount of $ 2.2 million, reported the Comptroller General of the Republic.

More questions than answers was the opinion left before the Budget Commission of the National Assembly of the Ministers of Health and Economy, Luis Sucre and Héctor Alexander ; and the director of the Social Security Fund, Enrique Lau Cortés . “Absolutely nothing was addressed, which is why we summoned him here today. There was no answer to the fundamental questions of the summons,” complained PRD deputy Crispiano Adames, while addressing Minister Luis Sucre.

The Supreme Court of Justice made a conclusion regarding 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9 of Law 157 of August 3, 2020, which establishes temporary measures to protect employment in companies affected by the pandemic of the new coronavirus . The ruling, dated March 15 and a presentation by Judge María Eugenia López, resolves demands from the National Council of Organized Workers (Conato) and the National Confederation of Independent Trade Union Unity (Conusi). According to the ruling, Law 157 of August 3, 2020 does not violate any constitutional norm related to the labor rights of workers.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) began a process of public consultations to develop and establish a national mining policy in the country.

For this process, the entity summoned representatives of civil society and the public, private and academic sectors.

Although the numbers reported by the Superintendency of Banks of Panama of loans disbursed in the first quarter of 2021 reflect a negative result when compared to the same period of the previous year, from the banking sector the glass is beginning to be half full due to the upward evolution of disbursements as the year has progressed and restrictions on economic activity have been lifted.

The results are a reflection of higher levels of activity in March, after the progressive lifting of the restrictions imposed in the first weeks of the year to contain the second wave of new coronavirus cases.

Copa Holdings , the company that controls the airlines Copa Airlines and Wingo, posted a loss of $ 110.7 million or $ 2.68 per share during the first three months of 2021. The company had revenues of $ 185.7 million, a 68% decrease compared to the $ 595.5 million reported in the same first quarter of last year, when the health crisis and travel restrictions were beginning to be felt.

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