Monday 8th January 2021.
February 8, 2021
The epidemiological report for this Sunday, indicates that in Panama there have been about 627 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the accumulated infections to 327,091. in the last 24 hours some 23 new deaths have been recorded and two deaths from previous days are updated, bringing the total number of deaths from coronavirus to 5,480. The lethality of the virus is 1.68%. There are 1,815 patients in hospital wards and another 209 are confined in intensive care units. In the last 24 hours, some 6,316 tests have been applied, for a percentage of positivity of 9.9%.
The blood collection that Dona Vida carried out this Sunday morning, at the Civic Center in Cárdenas, was interrupted by officials from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) . Alexandra Castro Novey, Executive Director of Fundacáncer, reported that at around 10:00 am the health personnel arrived to inform them that they should stop the activity. What we do, he said, is an important task: to save life. And with this initiative three hospitals benefit: the Oncological Institute, the Children’s Hospital and the Santo Tomás Hospital. “And the most incredible thing is that even the Covid Hospital has just requested blood from us,” she said.
Various civic clubs in the country and the Archdiocese of Panama announced that they will support the logistics and orientation of the vaccination process against Covid-19 . During a meeting with the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, the organizations agreed to join the process, when the second phase of vaccination begins.
The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) reported this Sunday, February 7, that the negative evaluation of the rating agencies FitchRatings and Moody’s shows “the questionable handling of the pandemic” in economic matters.
The Panamanian Society of Psychiatry issued a statement in which it regretted that the discussion of article 17 of bill 314 on mental health, which originally sought to put a stop to the indiscriminate request for mental health certificates as a requirement to apply to study centers and workplaces.
Despite the fact that as of this Monday, February 8, a series of restrictions regarding restaurants, shops and beaches, health fences and checkpoints, installed by the authorities since December 23 to try to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 are lifted, the sanitary fences remain in force indefinitely.