Thursday 8th April 2021.

April 8, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Wednesday, April 7, that in the last 24 hours two deaths have been reported by Covid-19 . With this new report, the total number of deaths rises to 6,148. Meanwhile, in the last hours 364 new cases of coronavirus have been reported, after the application of 9,981 tests, and the percentage of positivity is 3.6%. To date, the total accumulated cases is 357,277, and of those 346,611 have been recovered. Active cases total 4,518. While in home isolation, 4,034 are reported, of which 3,820 are at home and 214 in hotels. The hospitalized number 484 and of them 415 are in the wards and 69 in intensive care units.

The Asociación Movimiento Gremialista de Educadores de Panamá , made up of five groups of teachers, declared this Wednesday, their willingness to comply with the “duty to educate”, but they established a list with 10 conditions for the return to blended classes.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, defended this Wednesday, April 7, the measures that have been set for the entry into the country of travelers from South America in view of the presence in Panama of cases of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 , anticipating that restrictions may vary. The hotel association indicates that 100% of the reservations made for Easter by South American travelers were canceled. Sucre commented that any measure adopted will affect an area, depending on which one it takes. He affirmed that “if the country opens up completely, tranquility will end in a few weeks.”

According to the epidemiological report issued by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on Tuesday, the Chiriquí province registers most of the active cases of Covid-19 in the country.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) has refused to give La Prensa a copy of the contracts for the vaccines against Covid-19 and has not given any explanation as to why not. La Prensa asked the pharmaceutical company Pfizer if there was any objection on their part to making this contract public – the content of which has been mentioned as reserved in other countries – they indicated that the answers must be given by the authorities.Despite the fact that Sucre asked for 30 days, in addition to the 30 days that the law grants to give an answer, which expired on March 5, one has not been forthcoming.

The latest estimates of the performance of the Panamanian economy in 2021 point to relatively high growth rates. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday updated its growth projections for the world and in the case of Panama it predicts 12%, the second highest in the region; the World Bank projects 9.9%; Fitch Ratings agency expects 9.2% growth; while Moody’s and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama point to 8%.

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