Tuesday 13th April 2021.

April 13, 2021

In the last 24 hours, 181 new positive cases were reported, for a cumulative total of 358,792, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa) , this Monday, April 12, 2021. Regarding the deaths from Covid-19 , the epidemiological report of the Minsa indicates that there were 4 deaths, totaling 6,167 accumulated, for a fatality of 1.7%. To date, 4,251 tests were applied, and a positivity percentage of 4.2% is maintained. While active cases are 4,071 and recovered patients total 348,554. There are 3,612 people in home isolation, of which 3,402 are at home and 210 in hospital hotels. There are 459 hospitalized patients, of whom 396 are in the ward and 63 are in the intensive care unit.

President Laurentino Cortizo confirmed on Monday afternoon, that at dawn on Wednesday 77,200 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer will arrive in the country. He added that the country has a good number of doses. Therefore, at dawn this Wednesday 77,200 doses will be arriving, which represents the tenth batch that Pfizer ships.

The Minister of Health, Eyra Ruiz , revealed on Monday afternoon that the strategy to vaccinate pregnant women against Covid-19 will be changed. Ruiz indicated that a plan is being designed, to be carried out throughout the country, so that the doses are available in health centers, polyclinics and private hospitals.

With the goal of immunizing about 45 thousand people for four days, the Health authorities began this Monday, the vaccination in the 8-8 circuit, destined for the second dose for people over 60 years of age and the first for teachers and pregnant women.

At least three initiatives for the implementation of the so-called covid passport or health passport are being analyzed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes. These are the platforms provided by the Commons Project, the World Economic Forum and the Rockefeller Foundation called ‘CommonPass’ , that of the International Air Transport Association called “IATA Travel Pass” and the one that IBM Watson Works, known as ‘ IBM Digital Health Pass’ . “At three o’clock we already approached them,” explained the official.

The General Directorate of Revenue (DGI) expects to collect about $ 50 million in the new stage of tax amnesty, contemplated in Law No. 208 of April 2021. The rule was promulgated in the Official Gazette and will take effect on April 22.

Panama is experiencing a severe labor crisis, with thousands of unemployed, hundreds of suspended contracts and a very low generation of new jobs. As of February 2021, 27 thousand 776 new contracts were processed in the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel). This figure is 50.5% lower than the 56,163 contracts processed as of February 2020, according to data compiled by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

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