Monday 12th October 2020.

October 12, 2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Sunday, October 11, that in the last 24 hours, 647 new positive cases of Covid-19 were registered, and 9 deaths. With these figures, the total number of infections rises to 120,313 and fatalities to 2,491. To date, 4,560 tests have been applied, for a positivity percentage of 14.2%. Faced with the reopening of new economic activities this Monday, October 12, the Minsa reiterated the call to the population, users of public transport and the owners of commercial establishments to comply with all the biosecurity measures and the protocols in place.

The Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede) called on the authorities that the actions they take within the economic reactivation must have scientific and logical support so that the measures adopted are observed and that they do not become a general complaint for lack of coherence. “It is inconsistent that tourist activities, hotels and resorts are reactivated, but not beaches, which is one of the strong attractions that the country has to offer. A surprising and questionable decision, when hotels that have beach facilities already have previously sold packages yet, however, their clients will not be able to use their beaches ”, says Apede.

Warning that 68% of tourist activities will not be able to operate at capacity for about a year due to the pandemic, the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) highlights the need to implement clear policies to position Panama as a destination preferably among the desired markets.

The National Assembly will end another period of ordinary sessions on October 30, without discussing any of the anti-corruption law proposals. These initiatives are stagnant in the Government Commission, led by PRD deputy Crispiano Adames. Some of these documents have been presented by deputies from the commission itself, who point out that it is Adames who must put the projects on the agenda for debate

The deputies of the National Assembly approved in third debate the bill 428, which modifies Law 31 of 2010, on the Horizontal Property (PH) regime . The proposal, which awaits presidential sanction, seeks that PH owners can meet through technological platforms to address meetings on the situation of their enclosures.

“All documents related to the management of funds and public goods, that are in use or that are going to be developed, must be presented to the Comptroller’s Office.”  This is part of the call to attention that the Comptroller General of the Republic Gerardo Solís made to his former co-workers, the authorities of the Tribunal Electoral (TE) .

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