Monday 1st March 2021.

March 1, 2021

With a total of 470 new cases of  covid-19 , Panama raised its number of infections to 340,915, according to the epidemiological report of the  Ministry of Health. In addition, 13 new deaths were reported, and 1 death from a previous date was updated, totaling 5,845 deaths due to this virus in the country. The fatality rate remains at 1.7%.  5,109 new tests were carried out to detect coronavirus, for a positivity percentage of 9.1%. There are a total of 326,213 recovered patients and 8,857 active cases. Of the total active cases, there are 7,672 people are in isolation, of which 7,335 are at home and 337 in hotels; while 1,185 patients are hospitalized, of them 1,015 in ward and 170 in intensive care.

The Government promulgated in the Official Gazette the Cabinet Resolution No. 21 of February 23, 2021 through which it authorizes the Ministry of Health to subscribe an amendment to the contract with Pfizer for additional purchase of a million 999 thousand 530 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 .

The last number of the personal identity card will indicate which day of the week will be the one that corresponds to the citizens the application of the vaccine against Covid-19 in the country.

Several unions in the country urged this Sunday to address the issue of the justice administration system urgently, because, as they estimated, it is in a constant crisis of instability.  Today, most citizens “see their rights violated in the face of a judicial system that is not capable of defending the most basic constitutional rights of citizens in this pandemic, which shows no results in the face of the numerous high-profile corruption cases, that with its lack of results prevents the country from defending itself from multi-colored discriminatory lists, and as if that were not enough, it fails to protect even the children and adolescents of this country ”, was the proposal of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap), through La Cámara Opina .

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Panama’s economic recovery in 2021 could be more pronounced than the 4% it had forecast in January. “The impulse will come from the side of the recovery of national economic activity as a result of a gradual reopening of all sectors, and as the pandemic recedes as a result of greater availability of the Covid-19 vaccine. As health-related concerns disappear, we expect Panama’s economy to continue to grow again at its potential rate of 5% by 2022 and beyond.”

APM Terminals, part of the AP Moller Maersk group and one of the largest port and terminal operators in the world, assured that it is ready to invest and participate in an eventual tender to operate and manage the Balboa port, which is currently in the hands of Panama Ports Company (PPC).

The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) issued a prevention notice (surveillance and monitoring) due to the maximum tides that will be on the Panamanian Pacific, in the coming days.

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