Monday 26th April 2021.

April 26, 2021

The accumulated cases of Covid-19 in Panama increased to 362,967 , after this Sunday, 271 new infections were registered. In the last 24 hours, 2 deaths occurred, bringing the total number of deaths from this disease to 6,209. The new cases were detected after 5,634 tests were applied, which yielded a positivity of 4.8%. According to the epidemiological report released by the Minsa, the number of recovered patients amounts to 352,833 and active cases to 3,925. In home isolation there are 3,539 people and of these 3,339 are in their homes and 200 in hospital hotels. There are 386 hospitalized patients, of which 323 remain confined in ward and 63 in intensive care units.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) detailed that 11 townships were selected in the province of West Panamá to apply the strategy of sweeps during vaccination, which will include those over 16 years of age. According to the entity, that decision was made because they are areas of difficult access.

Until 6:00 pm on April 24, 2021, the 14 vaccination centers against Covid-19 that were enabled in the 8-7 circuit, which include the townships of Bella Vista, Calidonia, San Felipe, Curundú, El Chorrillo, Santa Ana, Ancón, Betania and Pueblo Nuevo. In this circuit, Cedeño recalled that there was a census of approximately 55 thousand people to be vaccinated. However, at the close of this Saturday, at 3:00 pm, only 27,424 had been vaccinated .

On December 5, 2019, three months before the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic , the National Institute of Statistics and Census of the Comptroller General of the Republic announced that the 2020 census, was originally planned for the Sunday, May 24 of that year. Still today, 16 months later, the Comptroller’s Office cannot specify when the XII National Population Census and VIII National Housing Census will take place, suspended on that occasion amid disputes between companies that sought to keep the contract for the printing and supply of census materials, logistics services and questionnaire processing.

The Drug Prosecutor’s Office of the Public Ministry (MP) has seized $ 34,383 proceeds from drug-related crimes, and another $ 178,000 proceeds from money laundering. This is detailed in a report from the institution, from January-March of this year.

Press freedom, according to a ranking by the prestigious Reporters Without Borders organization, begins to suffer the consequences of a closed and non-transparent policy when the media tries to report corruption issues.

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