Monday 25th January 2021.

January 25, 2021

Covid-19 has left us with 25 new deaths in the last 24 hours and 4 deaths from previous dates were also updated, totaling 5,063 accumulated, with a fatality of 1.63%. 1,393 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 311,244. Sunday 9,279 tests were applied throughout the country, for a percentage of positivity of 15.0%. There are 2,586 hospitalized, of them 2,370 are in the wards and 216 in the intensive care units.

This Saturday night. The partial decision of the tender for the “Cold Chain Equipment Project for the Covid-19 vaccine” was published on the Compra Panama portal, after its third announcement on January 5, leaving the more substantial equipment in terms of size and price.

The Vice Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío, confirmed that doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 were applied to people that did not correspond to the required phase. Panama began its vaccination process against the virus last Wednesday, January 20, with the arrival of a first batch of Pfizer vaccines. Up until 11 am this Sunday, the portal enabled to record the process reported that 5,781 vaccines have been applied.

The board of directors of the Panama Tourism Promotion Fund (Promtur) warned this Sunday, of the negative impact that a possible cut in the promotion budget would have.

Also, Highlighting the importance of the tourism sector for the economy, the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) asks the authorities to reconsider the closure of trails, national parks and beaches.

During 2020, the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco) sanctioned 99 economic businesses, in the first instance, for failing to comply with Law 6 of 1987 that grants benefits to retirees, pensioners and third- age people. The total amount of the fines amounts to $ 24,010, the entity reported.

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