Tuesday 16th November 2021.

November 16, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that in the last 24 hours 3 people died due to Covid-19. With these new deaths, the accumulated number of deaths in the country amounts to 7,346. In the last 24 hours 114 people were infected with the respiratory virus. According to Minsa, 3,059 tests were applied in the last 24 hours for a positivity of 3.7%. Active cases amount to 1,848, of which 1,715 are in home isolation and 133 hospitalized. Those in isolation are divided into 1,640 at home and 75 in hotels. The hospitalized number 111 in wards and 22 in intensive care units.

After eight months of being part of the strategy to immunize the population against Covid-19 , the vaccination post called Vacunatón 20-30 officially closed operations after administering at least 500 thousand doses. This Monday, the organizers of this initiative formally ended the operation of this drive thru located at the Rommel Fernández stadium and which began operations on March 13, 2021.

Guatemala finally extradited Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares . The son of former President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal who is currently on a charter bound for the United States, where he is accused of five charges linked to different crimes of money laundering. The private plane with registration was scheduled to take off at 11:30 am (12:30 pm, Panama time), but finally left at 2:35 pm from La Aurora airport in the Guatemalan capital, bound for JFK airport in New York. From there he will be taken to the Brooklyn Detention Center . In New York the prosecutor’s office for the Eastern District of New York in the afternoon requested a federal judge to order the permanent arrest of Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares who arrived extradited from Guatemala given the “significant” risk of escape. “The defendant presents a substantial and proven flight risk, and must be in custody,” says a note delivered by US Attorney Breon Peace and Assistant US Attorney Alixandra Smith, also signed by attorneys from the US Department of Justice.

The Superior Prosecutor of San Miguelito, Zulma Dip, affirmed Monday, that so far it has not been determined that the person apprehended for the murder of the deputy director of the Public Registry, Agustín Lara Díaz, is related to a criminal organization. Dip highlighted that the elements they have so far are conclusive to establish the probable connection and that this will be determined in the imputation hearing that is not yet scheduled. For his part, the director of the National Police, John Dornheim, said that they, as an auxiliary arm of the Public Ministry, have to apply the law regardless of who commits the crime. “As the investigations unfold, other elements will emerge, other actors. What we say or contribute at this time can hinder their development”.

Once again, the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic , headed by Gerardo Solís , suffered a setback before the Supreme Court of Justice in the framework of a legal battle with the Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating alleged irregularities in a contract that gave the entity in charge of supervising the use of public funds to a company for image services and public relations. The ruling, dated October 8 and under the presentation of Judge María Eugenia López, upholds the decision of the Court, which gave the green light to Attorney González to continue the investigation into the hiring of the company Venqis, SA

The president of the Panameñista Party, José Isabel Blandón , requested this Monday, November 15, that changes be made in the security institutions. Similarly, he urged the authorities to present “clearly” the plans to attack the crime that plagues the country. For his part, the president of Cambio Democrático, Rómulo Roux , said that the people who commit these acts of crime have a sense of impunity, “that nothing is going to happen to them and they can do whatever they want.” . “Then they go free, there is no certainty of the punishment,” added the politician, in the same morning newscast on Channel 13 . “The administration of justice has been contaminated by political power and political power has been contaminated by criminal power and criminal power has a high business component, that is, economic power,” said the former attorney general of the Natión, Ana Matilde Gómez , also in Telemetro Reporta . On Sunday, in a statement, the Executive Branch called for peace and peaceful coexistence that must prevail in every democratic society.

A gold medal and a silver was the gift that gave the country this month the of celebration Panamanian gymnasts Susan Wood and Alyiah Lide, who were recently participating in the South American Championship Gymnastics Artistic Age Group 2021 , which held in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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