Tuesday 16th March 2021.

March 16, 2021

According to the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), yesterday evening there have been 9 new deaths. In addition, 2 deaths from previous dates were updated, bringing a total of 6,005 accumulated deaths, for a fatality of 1.7%. There are 336,277 patients recovered in the country. While active cases add up to 5,873 as of Monday, which represents a constant decrease in those infected. This Monday 236 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 348,155. According to the entity, 3,574 tests were applied to detect those infected, a percentage of positivity of 6.6%. The report highlighted that 5,092 are reported in home isolation, of which 4,882 are in their residence and 210 in so-called hospital hotels.Meanwhile, 781 people are hospitalized, of which 683 are in a ward and 98 are in intensive care units.

This Sunday, when the Covid-19 vaccination process ended in the 8-8 circuit , the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that 39,113 adults aged 60 years or more were immunized. The Minister of Health of Panama, Luis Francisco Sucre , affirmed this Monday, the results of the studies related to the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 are being awaited . This, after the reports that have been made to the pharmaceutical company for cases of blood clots in vaccinated people in Europe.  This Monday it became known that France, Italy and Germany joined the list of countries that suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca doses precisely because of this situation of side effects.

Health Minister Luis Sucre & Stewart Tuttle Head of Mission US Embassy.

Panama received on Monday, four mobile hospitals that were donated by the United States Government, in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency . At the event held at the Regional Humanitarian Assistance Logistics Center in Panama Pacifico, Stewart Tuttle, charge d’affaires at the United States Embassy in Panama, acknowledged that the pandemic “has hit us hard” both Americans and Panamanians. However, Tuttle showed his confidence that the worst has past and that, with the arrival of vaccines, “we are in the final stretch.” “Much more important than the monetary value is the humanitarian value of what we have been able to do,” Tuttle stressed.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that it is holding conversations with all sectors involved in the education sector, in order to evaluate the possibility of resuming face-to-face classes. This was reported by the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, who said that on  Sunday, he held a face-to-face meeting with the Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday de Villalobos, to address this issue.

The beneficiaries of the Digital Voucher will be asked for the security PIN to use it in various businesses in the country, reported the Government Innovation Authority (AIG). The AIG recalled that there is already a group of businesses prepared to request the security PIN to complete the purchase.

Minutes after the start of the dialogue by the Social Security Fund (CSS) to discuss the methodology, the representative of the National Council of Organized Workers (Conato), Nelva Reyes, withdrew, after noting that they were not considering the points proposed by that union of workers. Quintero asked that they work with transparency, since “the slaughterhouses of today may be the cattle of tomorrow.” He added that “consensus is everyone’s agreement, since if there is an opinion against it, there is no longer a consensus.”

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