Monday 19th July 2021.
July 19, 2021
Panama surpassed 6,700 deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday, after reporting 6 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) , with these latest deaths the total number rises to 6,703. In addition, 721 new positive cases are reported, after the application of 9,322 tests (positivity of 7.7%). The accumulated number of cases is 422,678 and of these 402,551 people recovered. In intensive care units (ICU) the number of patients increased to 131 for this Sunday. on Saturday there were 105 patients were reported. Active cases total 13,424. In home isolation, 12,683 are reported, of which 12,316 are at home and 367 in hotels. The hospitalized number 741 and of them 610 are in the wards.
With the intention of stopping the increase in Covid-19 cases as of Sunday, the new mobility restrictions on circuits in the provinces of Panama Oeste and Veraguas begin to apply. In Executive Decree No. 803 of July 16, 2021, a total quarantine is established for the district of San Carlos, province of Panama Oeste, as of this Sunday a total quarantine on Sundays without working hours or mobility.
For the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) it is incomprehensible that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and its head, Luis Francisco Sucre, insist on repeating the formulas that have plunged the country into the current economic crisis. In addition, the business union recalled that while the percentage of immunization of the population is increasing, the socioeconomic situation presents an alarming picture. “Unemployment has increased from 7% to 18%,” emphasized the Cciap in its opinion this Sunday of the Chamber, signed by its president Jose Ramón Icaza.
The Third Administrative Litigation Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice did not agree to the suspension of resolution 81 of October 27, 2020 of the Cabinet Council, which approved an extraordinary credit of $ 22.8 million in favor of the National Assembly.
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) will receive today the proposals of the companies interested in the rehabilitation, development and administration of the Balboa shipyard. The presentation of proposals will be received electronically, as announced by the AMP, based on article 55 of Law 22 of 2006. A reference price of $ 12 million is established for payment to the State during the 20-year term of the contract.
Seven people were detained while being investigated for the alleged commission of crimes against collective security, for belonging to a group dedicated to assaults, extortion and hit men.
Panama’s negotiating team to define the new contract with Minera Panama is made up of 19 people, including ministers, former diplomats, professors, geologists, legal advisers, technicians and economists.
Florida State University and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) signed an agreement aimed at offering the members of the business union the continuing education programs of this prestigious university under preferential conditions, with the purpose of improving the competencies of its workers.