Thursday 3rd December 2020.

December 3, 2020

The report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) this Wednesday, reports that 2,028 new positive cases were registered in the last 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 169,339.  There were 16 new deaths, for a total of 3,114 deaths since last March when the first cases of this disease occurred10,892 tests were applied, for a positivity percentage of 18.6%, says the Minsa report.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre , explained this Wednesday, that they made the decision to extend the curfew and declare a dry law in the province of Panama Oeste due to the increase in “clandestine parties” and unauthorized family gatherings in the full pandemic . The rebound in Covid-19 cases is reflecting figures similar to or higher than those that occurred last July when the highest numbers of the pandemic occurred and according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) only three regions of the country have the effective reproductive number of cases (Rt) below 1.

The Municipality of Aguadulce established through decree No. 0.21 of December 2 an extended curfew for the entire district, in the province of Coclé, given the increase in positive cases of Covid-19 .  The measure, which begins to take effect from tonight, will be from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am and will run until Tuesday, December 15. The curfew was from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am

Foreign Minister Alejandro Ferrer submitted his resignation from office, confirmed the newspaper La Prensa this Wednesday, December 2. In his place, Erika Mouynes was appointed, who until now had served as Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation. The Vice Minister of Foreign Relations, Federico Alfaro, also resigned. The reasons for the resignation of Ferrer and Alfaro are not known.

Tomorrow, December 3, the Third Criminal Liquidating Court will hold a preliminary hearing with the former director of the Tourism Authority Salomón Shamah and seven other people for the alleged commission of the crime of embezzlement in the management of a project in the province of Veraguas.

The Ministry of Education (Meduca) reported this Wednesday, December 2, that the graduation ceremonies that were scheduled for this year 2020 are officially suspended, both in public and private schools. Anaika De La Espada, Deputy Director General of Education, stressed that the decision is made after the rebound in Covid-19 cases that has been observed during November and the first days of December.

As of this Friday, December 4 and until December 18, 95 octane gasoline will increase 10 cents a gallon, 91 octane gasoline 8 cents and diesel 12 cents, reported the National Energy Secretariat. A liter of 95 octane gasoline will sell for 64 cents, or $ 2.44 a gallon; 91 octane 62 cents or 2.38 dollars a gallon and low sulfur diesel 56 cents a liter or 2.13   dollars a gallon, in the cities of Panama and Colón

The National Charity Lottery reported that the Extraordinary draw will play next Sunday, December 13, at 3:00 pm

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