Thursday 17th December 2020.

December 17, 2020

In the epidemiological report of Covid-19 cases, highlighted this Wednesday, December 16, that 2,960 new cases of infected were detected. According to reports from the Ministry of Health (Minsa), today’s figure reflects a record in the detection of cases of infected. The previous record of detected cases was 2,806 cases, according to figures released by MInsa. For this Wednesday in the country, 28 new deaths due to the new coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours. To date, 199,947 cases of Covid-19 infection have been detected in Panama. In addition, 166,600 recovered have been reported. With the 28 new deaths in the country, there is a total of 3,439 accumulated deaths and a fatality of 1.7%.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Republic reported this Wednesday, December 16, that as of that date all bonuses, celebrations and activities that entail expenses that come from public funds in State entities are suspended.

The Academic Council of the University of Panama (UP), unanimously approved that the Social Security Fund (CSS) use the gym to care for patients with Covid-19.

The director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, announced that the number of beds for patients with Covid-19 in the province of Chiriquí increased by 130.

Lau Cortés, who made a tour of the province, specified that for the Rafael Hernández de David Hospital the capacity was increased with 100 beds and that for the Puerto Armuelles sector, about 30 more.

Faced with the rebound in Covid-19 cases , the medical directors of the Santo Tomás Hospital reported this Wednesday, December 16, that it was decided to temporarily suspend the care in the specialized external consultation as of yesterday.

Right now, “is not the time to be nationalistic. The patient is the patient, and must be cared for”. This was expressed, yesterday by the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, about the call that is being carried out to bring foreign doctors to the country to help face Covid-19.

The Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic has endorsed the payment of $ 147.3 million to providers of the Digital Voucher and Bono Solidario. These are nine companies: seven supermarkets and two groups dedicated to the printing of physical bonds.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA, for its acronym in English) has called on the aviation authorities of Panama and Venezuela to “urgently” restore flights between the two countries.

To say goodbye to the year, the gallon of 95 and 91 octane gasoline will increase 7 cents, while that of diesel will increase 8 cents from this Friday, December 18 and until January 1, 2021, reported the National Energy Secretariat.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) specified that the closure of rivers and beaches in the country will be from Wednesday, December 23, and not this Friday, as originally communicated.

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