Thursday 10th June 2021.

June 10, 2021

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of this Wednesday, June 9, highlighted that in the last 24 hours there have been 3 deaths. In addition, 2 more deaths from previous dates are added, bringing a total of 6,413 accumulated deaths, for a fatality of 1.7%. In Panama there are 369 thousand 857 recovered patients. Active cases this Wednesday add up to a total of 8,242. While 779 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 384 thousand 512. According to the Minsa, 12,119 tests were applied, a percentage of positivity of 6.4% is maintained. Meanwhile, 7,779 people are reported in home isolation, of which 7,420 are at home and 359 in the so-called hospital hotels. The hospitalized, meanwhile, total 463, of them 397 are in a ward and 66 in an intensive care unit.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) still does not know what was being applied to the people who were vaccinated in the  Coco del Mar Suites building, in the San Francisco district. “We still do not have any elements that can tell us where these vaccines come from”, if they are genuine or not, said, the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre yesterday, on Telemetro Reporta .

As of yesterday the immunization process with the anticovid doses of AstraZeneca was expanded in 12 new vaccination centers in the country. To date, 314,400 doses have been received from that pharmaceutical company. Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre said that a next shipment is expected next week. He added that larger amounts of doses are expected later.

A failure in the power line that connects Mexico with Guatemala caused the suspension of energy service for a few minutes among the clients of the distributors ENSA and Edemet. Through a statement, the Electric Transmission Company, SA (Etesa) reported that at 12:03 pm in Panama, the protection system of the regional transmission network operated due to the failure between Mexico and Guatemala. This failure caused the disconnection of 42 megawatts from the distributor ENSA, for 7 minutes; and 80 megawatts from the Edemet distributor, for 12 minutes.

One of the economic issues that will dominate the agenda in the next session of the National Assembly, which begins in July, is the debate on draft Law 624, a proposal by the Executive that introduces modifications to the Tax Code and the five other rules that have to do with the fight against money laundering and the exchange of information for tax purposes. The lawyer agreed that the lack of convictions for corruption cases is one of the pending challenges to get off the FATF gray list. In addition, he explained that the country must show progress in a comprehensive manner and constant and irreversible progress to get off the list.

A criminal complaint for the alleged commission of crimes against the environment filed yesterday with the Public Ministry (MP) by the lawyer Donaldo Sousa against the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) and the company Panama Ports Company (PPC), which operates the container ports of Balboa and Cristóbal, in the Pacific and Atlantic sectors of the Panama Canal, respectively.

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