Thursday 15th April 2021.

April 15, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Wednesday, April 14, that in the last 24 hours 4 new deaths have been reported from Covid-19 and 395 new positive cases have been registered. The total number of deaths from this virus amounts to 6,177, according to the epidemiology report. On Wednesday, 9,084 tests have been applied, for a percentage of positivity of 4.3% Active cases amount to 4,021. In home isolation, 3,556 are reported, of which 3,347 are at home and 209 in hotels. The hospitalized number 465 and of them 404 are in the wards and 61 in intensive care units.

The Metropolitan Regional Health Directorate reported that after two days of vaccination -Monday and Tuesday- in circuit 8-8, at least 26,000 doses have been applied against Covid-19. According to figures from health authorities, 11,897 doses were applied on Monday, while on Tuesday, 14,997 for a total of 26,597 in two days.

By majority, the Budget Commission of the National Assembly approved to summon the Ministers of Economy and Finance, the Health Minister and the director of the Social Security Fund for April 21. Héctor Alexander, head of Economy and Finance; Luis Francisco Sucre, from Health; and Enrique Lau Cortés, director of the CSS, will have to answer five questions, among them to explain the breakdown of the general budget of the State consigned for the health system within the validity of 2021.

Transparency, accountability and efficient use of public funds have characterized the government of Laurentino Nito Cortizo during the pandemic. This was what the Vice President of the Republic and Minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Gaby Carrizo , assured Wednesday in the Budget Commission of the National Assembly, where he went to support the annual report of his portfolio.

The plenary of the dialogue of the Social Security Fund (CSS) approved on Wednesday afternoon, the methodology that they will use to discuss the proposals that seek to save the public pension system.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , appointed Graciela Mauad as the new director of the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family (Senniaf) confirmed the Presidency of the Republic on Wednesday. It was also reported that Marlin Tello was appointed as deputy director. Mauad will replace Mayra Silvera, who left office on March 4.

The Public Ministry began the process of delivering the Odebrecht case prosecutorial hearing to the Judicial Branch , which may take days, since formalities must be completed to receive the nearly one million pages contained in the file, according to spokespersons for the institution . Until the process is complete, the details of the tax hearing will remain in reserve.

In the midst of a peaceful protest, municipal authorities confirmed that the Via Argentina road improvement project is suitable for use, although there are still some aspects to be fixed.


Some good news. An ocelot was rescued this Wednesday by a driver on the David-Boquete road, on the bridge over the Majagua River, after the animal was apparently run over by a vehicle, but it only resulted in injuries to its front legs. In the province of Chiriquí, so far this year, some 14 endangered animal species have been rescued, including: a squirrel monkey, green iguana, raccoon, porcupine, sloth, Corsican deer, X snake, pigeon, turtle and now this ocelot that moved near the bridge over the Majagua River, between the districts of Dolega and David.

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