Thursday 6th May 2021.

May 6, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported Wednesday, that in the last 24 hours, 4 new deaths from Covid-19 have been reported , for a cumulative total of 6,252.Meanwhile, the number of new cases in the last hours amounts to 356, after the application of 8,724 tests, with a positivity percentage of 4%. Active cases total 3,895. In home isolation, 3,528 are reported, of which 3,342 are at home and 186 in hotels. There are 367 hospitalized and 307 of them are in the ward and 60 are in intensive care units.

The province of Chiriquí, now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic and neighboring Costa Rica, a country hit by the virus, reinforced orientation and control actions to try to stop Covid-19 on the border of Paso Canoa and in Río Sereno. According to statistics, until May 4, in the province of Chiriquí there are 1,629 active cases of Covid-19, which represents 42% of the cases in the country. Of these 1,505 patients are in home isolation, 83 people in hospital and 41 are in hotel-hospital. To date there are 700 deaths in Chiriquí.

The general directorate of the Social Security Fund (CSS) sent an internal memorandum for the system to “prepare for an eventual increase in cases” of Covid-19 in the country. This was announced this Wednesday, by the general director of that entity, Enrique Lau Cortés. However, Lau Cortés said that he hopes that all this effort “is in vain” and that the population continues to comply with biosafety measures (use of a mask and face mask, physical distancing and proper hygiene).

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre , during the epidemiological report of the Covid-19 in Panama, this Tuesday, warned: “it seems that the virus is gaining ground again and that is why we must not lower our guard.” The Health Minister announced that as of Monday, May 10, seminars, forums, congresses, conventions, exhibitions and trainings can be held with a capacity of up to 25% of the premises capacity where they are held. These activities will only be allowed in the provinces that have a positivity of less than 5%, explained Sucre. He added that currently the provinces that meet this requirement are: Panama, Oeste Panama, Colón, Herrera and Los Santos. From Monday, May 17, public transport will be able to increase its capacity to 80%. The use of a face shield or double mask will be mandatory, Sucre said. The transport unit must have signs that inform the user that it is forbidden to talk, inside the subway or bus and that you cannot use your cell phone to talk.

The dialogue by the Social Security Fund (CSS) is preparing to enter phase three of discussions, one of the key stages in these conversions that aim to find the formula to save the public pension system.

The guarantee judge Tulia Morelos accepted this Wednesday, the request for the imputation of charges against an official of the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family (Senniaf), for the alleged commission of the crime of mistreatment of children and Teens.

The Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel) reported that to date 150 thousand 23 work contracts have been reactivated out of a total of 284 thousand 209 that were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic . This number of reinstated contracts represents 52.8%.

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