Friday 9th October 2020.

October 9, 2020

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) highlighted this Thursday, October 8, that in the last 24 hours 15 new deaths were reported due to Covid-19. In addition, 754 new positive cases were detected throughout the country. However, 94,391 recovered patients were counted. This Thursday 5,836 tests were applied, giving a percentage of positivity of 12.9%. Meanwhile, active cases total 21,200.  With the new deaths, 2,463 accumulated deaths is now the total, which represents a continuing fatality rate of 2.1%.

Through Executive Decree No. 1142 of October 7, 2020, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) established the regulations for the reopening -as of this Monday, October 12- of cinemas, theaters, libraries, hotels, tourist activities, swimming pools, among others.  The curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am is maintained in the provinces of Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí from Monday to Thursday.  While the total quarantine is maintained from Friday at 7:00 pm to Monday at 5:00 am, with the exception of the districts of Chiriquí Grande, Isla Colón and Almirante, in Bocas del Toro.

The Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs, of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), communicated that it has ordered the withdrawal the 70% Herva Denatured alcohol from the market and incidentally the suspension of the product, due that the sanitary registration has expired since May 29, 2017.

The refusal of the National Assembly (AN) to facilitate the functions of 1,750 people that it hired between May and last September, for $ 8 million through item 172 – which covers contracts for professional services – is an old practice.

Although she values the experience and professional seriousness with which Judge Baloisa Marquínez carries out her work, Ruth Morcillo, of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office that is carrying out the Odebrecht case , assured that it would give her more peace of mind that Óscar Carrasquilla, of the no longer Twelfth Criminal Court, would continue in charge of this process.

The La Amistad International Park (PILA) , which is shared by Panama and Costa Rica, and the Barú Volcano National Park , in Chiriquí, two of the most important reserves in the country, have lost between 2012 and 2019 about 2,035 hectares of valuable forests.

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