Thursday 21st January 2021.

January 21, 2021

Panama surpassed 4,900 deaths from coronavirus this Wednesday, January 20, amid the start of the vaccination campaign by the Government, after the arrival of the first batch of doses from the Pfizer company. In the last 24 hours, 45 new deaths have been registered, and three deaths from previous days have been updated, totaling 4,912 deaths.  To date, 13,584 tests have been applied, and of those 2,243 were positive (positivity of 16.5%). Active cases total 52,413. In home isolation, 49,799 people are reported, of which 49,133 are at home and 666 in hospital hotels. There are 2,614 hospitalized and 2,373 of them are in the ward and 241 are in Intensive Care Units.

Finally, at 12:30 am on Wednesday, the first shipment of the Covid-19 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNtech arrived in Panama, about 12,840 doses; However, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has not explained the purchase of the freezers, which in the opinion of doctors and even businessmen would be oversized as well as delayed. This public act was published for the first time on the Panama Compra portal on December 16 and last on January 5, it fundamentally varied in the form of award that was global and by blocks, that is, a company would win the purchase, a by line or by product.

Nurse Violeta Gaona de Cocherán , 59 years of age, officially became, this Wednesday, the first person to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus in the country.  She is a nurse in the intensive care unit at Santo Tomás Hospital (HST), so she is on the front lines of battle against the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19). The vaccination was attended by President Laurentino Cortizo.

The Superior Court of Appeals, in a hearing held virtually, confirmed this Wednesday, the decision of a guarantee judge who decreed a house-arrest measure for André Conte, accused of hacking into the servers of the National Police .

The preliminary hearing of 42 defendants for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering in the case called Lava Jato, was rescheduled for next June, reported the Judicial Branch. Now it will be from June 1 to 30, 2021; however, it was scheduled to begin on January 6.

During an operation carried out this Wednesday, January 20, members of the Joint Sanitary Task Force detected anomalies in a company that offered swab testing services for Covid-19 to employees of a supermarket in the district of La Chorrera, province of West Panama..

The first survey in 2021 that measured the confidence of Panamanians showed an improvement compared to the data of last November, although the results are still registering distrust.

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