Thursday 5th August 2021.

August 5, 2021

In the daily report on the situation of Covid-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) registered 1,037 new cases in the last 24 hours, while the number of patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is below 100. It is specified that to date 12,477 tests were applied and that the 1,037 new infections represent a positivity of 8.3% In addition, 7 deaths are reported and 2 more from previous dates are updated. The fatality is at 1.6%. This Wednesday’s epidemiological report details that active cases total 11,808. In home isolation, 11,224 are reported, of which 10,898 are at home and 326 in hotels. The number of hospitalized is 584 and of them 487 are in ward and 97 in ICU. The last time a figure below 100 was registered in the ICU was on June 25 when 95 were reported.

The director of the Metropolitan Region of Health of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Israel Cedeño , stated this Wednesday that the flexibility of health measures will depend on the figures and the behavior of society. Cedeño explained that, little by little, mobility restrictions and curfews will be made more flexible based not only on the epidemiological behavior of the disease, but also on the community.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre , emphasized that the entire vaccination process against Covid-19 is free. “Nowhere will the vaccine be charged,” he said, reiterating that from August 9, immunization against Covid-19 will begin in private hospitals in Panama City. The centers that are added to the vaccination days are: Santa Fe Hospital, Hospital National, San Fernando Hospital Clinic, The Panama Clinic, Pacifica Salud, Paitilla Hospital, Brisas Hospital, Caribe Medical Center and Mae Lewis Medical Center.

The Third Criminal Liquidator Court will hold this Thursday, August 5, 2021, the preliminary hearing of 51 defendants for the alleged commission of the crimes of corruption of a public official, illicit association to commit a crime, against public faith and money laundering, through of the allocation of contracts for public works that were channeled by the Blue Apple Company.

At the end of the morning hearing in the trial for the wiretapping case, Carlos Herrera Delegado, lawyer for the plaintiffs Mitchell Doens and Balbina Herrera , affirmed that the illegal interception network interfered in the family and financial issues of the opposition leaders. Today, on the 11th day of this trial, Herrera Delegado was emphatic in pointing out that these issues are beyond national security.

The nineteenth edition of the Panama Jazz Festival already has a celebration date. It will be from January 10 to 15, 2022, in the blended mode, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its organizers announced this Wednesday, August 4. “The festival is a cultural project that over 18 years has managed to consolidate creativity, exchange and talent, with a strong commitment to education and social welfare in Panama,” said Danilo Pérez, artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival .

The Olympic Committee of Panama (COP) reported, that the runner Alonso Edward suffered a ‘muscle strain’ in his left leg, a situation that did not allow him to finish the semifinal series of the 200 meter dash at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 . “The official diagnosis after performing the corresponding tests determined a muscle strain in the left thigh,” the COP reported in a press release.

Alonso said yesterday, after the race, that he now has to recover to try to finish the season and prepare for next year which is the World Athletics World Cup.

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