Monday 11th April 2022.

April 11, 2022


The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Sunday, that 173 new Covid-19 infections were registered in the last 24 hours . To register the new cases, 4,098 tests were applied for a positivity of 4.2%. In the last 24 hours no deaths were registered, the Minsa highlighted. To date, the total number of deaths from the respiratory virus is 8,176 for a fatality rate of 1.1%. Active cases total 2,019, of which 1,919 are in home isolation and 100 hospitalized. Those in isolation are divided into 1,906 at home and 13 in hotels. Those hospitalized are 91 in the ward and 9 in the ICU.

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) highlighted in its weekly letter to the country that the lack of accurate actions and decisions for political purposes affect the levels of trust of citizens. Taking as reference the latest report of the Panamanian Consumer Confidence Index , the business association highlights that levels of mistrust are reflected that have not been seen since the harshest moments of the Covid-19 pandemic, in June 2020. The people are in the face of a reality that does not give them hope of fulfilling basic objectives such as obtaining a job or saving. For the measurement of March 2022, 4 out of 5 Panamanians show distrust about their job stability and, therefore, the expectations about the probability of saving money are similar”, is reflected in the document.

In the first three months of 2022, at least 13,000 irregular migrants have crossed the border between Panama and Colombia, reflects a report from the National Migration System. According to the statistics, of the 13,425 travelers who arrived at the service centers installed in the province of Darién, 4,969 were registered in the month of March. It is detailed that in January there were 4 thousand 442 and in February 4 thousand 14. The total amount shows an average of 149 migrants per day who arrive in the country from Colombia.

The balance of the local loan portfolio stood at $55,412.9 million in February, a figure that represents an increase of $1,269.5 million or 2.3% in loans, when compared to the same time last year. The figures are an indication of a more pronounced economic activity, taking into account that most of the sectors that were paralyzed at some point have already been reactivated, said the Superintendent of Banks of Panama, Amauri Castillo . The most important portfolios registered positive performances: the mortgage portfolio, with a balance of $18,887.9 million, grew by 4.4%; that of personal consumption, with a balance of $12,939.1 million, 4.7% more, and that of commerce, with a balance of $10,924.9 million, 5.7%.

The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) reported that surveillance is maintained in the areas that were affected in recent hours by the constant rains in Bocas del Toro, which led to the evacuation of 17 families. According to the latest report of the entity, two shelters were set up to transfer some 100 people, most of them minors. The collapse of a road to Boca del Drago in the district of Bocas del Toro was also reported, damage that keeps that sector incommunicado.

The Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, highlighted this Palm Sunday that the population cannot live locked up for fear of Covid-19 and that they must leave, but responsibly. After two years of restrictions without processions or mass activities due to the virus, the Catholic community is gathering again for these dates to commemorate Holy Week. During the homily, in the Santa María La Antigua Cathedral, Ulloa recalled that fear should not be threatened, but that biosecurity measures must be maintained.

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