Monday 20th September 2021.

September 20, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Sunday, that in the last 24 hours two people died from Covid-19 . With the new deaths, the accumulated number of deaths in the country due to the respiratory virus amounts to 7,172. Meanwhile, the number of new infections in the last 24 hours was 250. This, after the application of 5,046 tests (positivity of 4.8%). Active cases total 4,033 highlighted the Minsa. In home isolation, 3,725 are reported, of which 3,565 are at home and 160 in hotels. There are 308 hospitalized and 244 of them are in the wards and 64 are in intensive care units.

The epidemiological week that ended Saturday September 18 closed with 2 thousand 28 new cases of Covid-19 , about 463 infections less than the previous week (September 5 to 11), when 2,491 were registered. This represents a decrease of 18.5% in new cases this week. In addition, the statistics provided by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reflect that there were 37 deaths, six less than the previous one.

The Chancellor of the Republic, Erika Mouynes asked the countries of the region to jointly face the migration crisis and said that looking the other way is not an option. During her participation in the VI Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), in Mexico, Mouynes spoke about various issues that must be comprehensively addressed by all countries. She explained that a few months ago about 800 migrants arrived in Panama and that currently more than 20 thousand arrive a month.

To combat crime in the country, measures must be taken with a more proactive and comprehensive approach, says the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap). In its weekly letter to the country, the business union indicates that these actions must be undertaken considering the reality and perception of society.

The opinion of the magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal (TE) on the modifications that the Government Commission of the National Assembly made to bill 544 of electoral reforms , in relation to propaganda, is emphatic. “Freedom of expression is undermined,” they argue. The deputies modified articles 84, 85 and 104 of the legislative proposal, which in turn, changes article 224 of the Electoral Code, and added articles 224-A and 246-G, to introduce the concept of propaganda into the definition of “free”, in addition to paid. The TE magistrates warn that the propaganda had to be paid for in order for it to be covered by the rules of the Electoral Code. They also consider that this change is “a setback” on the 2017 regulations, and may be the subject of a lawsuit of unconstitutionality in the Supreme Court of Justice. Starting today Monday, and for a week, the changes made to bill 544 will be analyzed in a “technical table”, where the deputies of the Government Commission, the three magistrates of the TE and a representative of the Electoral General Prosecutor’s Office. The table arose after the magistrates withdrew from the debate of the project in the Legislative, as a result of the multiple changes without consultations or support. However, it is already expected that the technical table will not be easy either.

The seven booklets containing the interceptions made by agents of the National Security Council (CSN), whose reading concluded last Friday in the trial of former president Ricardo Martinelli , revealed that among the targets were members of Democratic Change (CD), as for instance the former minister Alma Cortés. Carlos Herrera Delegado, Mitchel Doens’ lawyer, confirmed that in an inspection procedure carried out by the prosecution to the telephone companies, a number corresponding to that of Cortés was located on the list of objectives assigned to the members of the CSN. González said that now the presentation of witnesses begins, including experts from the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, technicians and victims of the punctures. The appearance of the protected witness is also expected at this stage, who in the first trial gave details of the place where the wiretaps were carried out at the CSN.

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