Monday 24th August 2020.

August 24, 2020

In the last 24 hours Panama managed to apply 7,579 new tests to detect Covid-19 , a record number, according to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Sunday, August 23.  The highest number of tests carried out was on August 19, with 5,843.   According to the report, 1,420 new positive cases (18.7%) are reported, for a cumulative total of 86,900.  Meanwhile, in the last hours 14 new deaths have been reported, totaling 1,892 to date. The fatality rate is 2.2%.

The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) will propose to the health authorities that once the ban on commercial flights is lifted, the country continue to require the PCR test to travelers who want to enter the country, but eliminating the Mandatory 14-day quarantine that Panamanians and resident foreigners currently must comply with entering through the Tocumen International Airport using the “mini hub” of controlled operations.

Fines of $1.5 million to different businesses nationwide for failing to comply with consumer protection regulations have been imposed by the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco).

The general state budget project for 2021 contemplates an initial allocation of $ 80 million for the eventual purchase of vaccines against the new coronavirus in the first half of next year, Carlos González , director of the Nation’s Budget , told La Prensa .

The Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut) reported this Sunday, August 23, that two players called up for training by coach Thomas Christiansen tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The Government is exploring the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism for the construction of the Bocas del Toro hydroelectric plant, better known as Changuinola 2 , a project that has been planned for more than 10 years but has not been able to materialize.

The Covid-19 Vaccine Research Consortium, made up of the Cevaxin Research Center and the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (Indicasat-AIP), has requested permits from the National Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Ministry of Health for the importation of the German CureVac vaccine and the necessary supplies to start clinical trials at the end of August.

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