Thursday 19th May 2022.

May 19, 2022


The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) revealed this Wednesday, May 18, that a death due to covid-19 was registered in the country in the last 24 hours. With this new death, there is a cumulative total of 8,211 deaths from the disease, for a sustained lethality of 1.0%, according to the Minsa. Of the 16,964 tests that were carried out in the last 24 hours, 3,506 new positive cases were detected, which translates into a positivity of 20.7%. According to the report, for this Wednesday in Panama there are 817,658 accumulated cases of the new coronavirus and 782,104 people recovered. While a total of 27,343 are active cases throughout the country, of which 27,101 are in isolation and 242 hospitalized. Those who are in isolation are divided into 27,025 in their residences and 76 in the so-called hospital hotels. While those hospitalized are 203 in the wards and 39 in intensive care units.

National Police crowd control agents fired tear gas at members of Cuco to disperse their demonstration in the Cuatro Altos sector. Protesters ran terrified as tear gas was fired while shouting slogans against the riot police. The vast majority of the protesters are teachers and members of the civil society of Colon, who have joined the fight against the high cost of living. In a video recorded this Tuesday, May 17, Edgardo Voitier criticized the meeting that took place last night at the Presidency of the Republic. Voitier insisted that the coalition that called the general strike and demands the best for the province was not represented at that meeting. The leader assured that this meeting was held with the intention of dividing Cuco and recalled that this strategy “has been carried out by all previous governments.” He said that “They invited people who sympathize with the government and who lend themselves to government things to the meetings.”

Although on May 13 a court ordered to suspend the bidding for the seafood market, the Mayor’s Office of Panama continues with this process. On Tuesday, an online homologation meeting was held , which was attended by two companies: Corporación Continental and Ulife América Central . The details of the meeting, held so that those interested can clarify doubts, are in the homologation act published this Wednesday, May 18, on the official PanamaCompra website.  The Mayor’s Office of Panama published this Wednesday, May 18, the tender for the best value for the renovation of Sabores del Chorrillo, a space destined for small restaurants that sell food in coastal strip three, district of El Chorrillo. The base price of the tender for this project is $1 million, highlights the statement of charges posted on the Panama Compra website. “The structures present physical deterioration, for which repair work is necessary on them and changes in some of their component elements that require replacement due to damage caused by the use of their assistants,” justified the mayor’s office.

A trial court in San Miguelito found attorney Zoraida Saucedo guilty of double homicide . The decision was made known this Wednesday, May 18, at the end of the hearing following the lawyer for her alleged link to the murders of the Canadian citizen Miomir Kotlica, 62, and the Panamanian Miguel Páez, 27, an event that occurred in San Antonio, San Miguelito, in the month of October 2017. Saucedo was also found guilty of falsifying documents and public stamps, to the detriment of the two victims. The Public Ministry has requested a sentence of 48 years in prison.

The Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate held this Wednesday, May 18, the hearing for the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte as ambassador to Panama. On January 5, 2022, the administration of President Joe Biden announced that it had sent Aponte’s nomination as ambassador to Panama to the Senate. “The United States and Panama have a long history of partnership and collaboration to advance common goals,” Aponte said in her initial message before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. After this hearing, the Committee must decide whether to recommend to the Senate the ratification of Aponte for the position.

The Ministry of Energy reported that from this Friday, May 20, the prices of 91 and 95 octane gasoline will rise. Meanwhile, diesel will drop. The 95-octane will go up 15 cents a liter, so it will sell for $1.42. When converted to a gallon, the increase is 58 cents. Meanwhile, the 91 octane will rise 13 cents per liter and its sale price will be $1.33. In gallon, the increase of 91 octane gasoline per gallon is 49 cents.Meanwhile, low sulfur diesel will register a decrease of 6 cents. The retail price to the consumer will be $1.39 per liter. For the gallon, the decrease is 22 cents. These prices will be in force from 6:00 am this Friday, May 20 to June 3, indicated the Ministry of Energy.

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