Thursday 2nd December 2021.

December 2, 2021

In the last 24 hours, 248 new infections of Covid-19 were reported  this Wednesday, by the Ministry of Health (Minsa). To detect the new cases, 7,716 tests were carried out for a positivity of 3.2%. Regarding deaths, it was announced that a death was registered and one from a previous date is updated for an accumulated 7,367 deaths from this disease. Active cases total 2,623, of which 2,506 are in home isolation and 117 hospitalized. Those who are in home isolation are divided into 2,425 at home and 81 in hospital hotels. There are 94 patients hospitalized in wards and 23 in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

The direction of the Penitentiary System reported that to date at least 11 thousand inmates have the complete vaccination scheme against the coronavirus . According to information from the entity, a total of 17,119 people have been vaccinated and 11,111 already have two doses received against Covid-19. The prison population is 19,169, which reflects that the percentage of immunized with the complete cycle is 57.9%.

The Ministry of Education (Meduca) made the 2022 school calendar official, which will take place in person and the start of classes will be on March 7.In Executive Decree 2077 of December 1, the 2022 school calendar is established, in face-to-face mode in official and private educational centers of the first and second level of education.

Genaro López, one of the representatives of the labor sector in the National Minimum Wage Commission, stated that in Panama a base salary of 1,500 dollars a month is needed. Otherwise, the needs of households in the country cannot be met. For his part, Juan Ledezma, who represents the business sector in the aforementioned dialogue, affirmed that this request – for 1,500 dollars – has always been López’s speech. “We know that this does not fit the reality of either the companies or the country or the economic situation in which we currently live,” added Ledezma.

The former Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima , presented this Wednesday, December 1, 2021, a complaint based on what the protected witness declared “Euro 14”, in the preliminary hearing of the process for alleged irregularities in the purchase of grains through the defunct National Aid Program (PAN). On November 22, the former Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, filed a complaint for these same reasons, “for alleged simulation of a punishable act and slander in court proceedings.”

After 64 search procedures in the framework of the “Fisher” operation, which had the objective of dismantling an organization that served as logistical support in Panama for the Clan del Golfo de Colombia, 56 people were preliminary apprehended. This was revealed by the attorney general of the nation in charge, Javier Caraballo, who revealed that this investigation began two years ago and that the raids were carried out throughout the country.

A total of $ 70,000 is offered by the National Police to locate and apprehend Carlos Roberto Aguilar Becerra , alias Rober, and Franklin Ariel Acevedo , alias Franklito, who are allegedly the leaders of the criminal organization known as “Humildad y Purza” (HP) . In addition, the National Police are looking for 13 more people, including Teresina Lineth Vigil Pérez , wife of alias Rober and sister of Panamanian deputy Elías Vigil Pérez , of the 8-10 circuit.

In March 2019, an investigation by La Prensa exposed a series of facts that linked alias Rober with the campaign of the current deputy Vigil. Since then Aguilar Becerra was identified by the authorities as the man who handled the financial affairs of the HP gang, along with Franklito Acevedo, who was accused of a double murder in June 2012.

Fuel prices continue to decline. From this Friday, December 3, a liter of 95 octane gasoline will decrease 4 cents and will have a sale price of 93 cents a liter. Meanwhile, the 91 octane will drop three cents and the sale price will be 90 hundredths a liter. While low sulfur diesel decreases 4 cents and the sale price will be 81 cents a liter, reported the National Secretariat of Energy.

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