Tuesday 17th August 2021.

August 17, 2021

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of this Monday, August 16, highlighted that in the last 24 hours there have been 11 deaths due to Covid-19, bringing a total of 6,962 accumulated deaths, for a lethality of 1.6% . In Panama, according to the Minsa, there are 430,909 patients recovered from the virus. Active cases total 10,397. While this Monday 444 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 448,268. This Monday, 5,481 new tests were carried out and a positivity percentage of 8.1% remains. On the other hand, 9,937 people are reported in home isolation, of which 9,635 are at home and 302 in the so-called hospital hotels. There are 460 hospitalized throughout the country, 344 of them are in a ward and 116 in an intensive care unit.

After the immunization session from August 11 to 15 with the vaccination of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in the township of Juan Díaz and the 8-10 circuit, coverage of 87% was achieved. This was revealed by the Metropolitan Region of Health of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), which also recalled that during those five days a total of 128 thousand 483 doses were applied in the 8-10 circuit. The Minsa stressed to the population not to lower their guard and to continue with biosafety measures, such as the mask, physical distancing and hand washing, even though they have received two doses of the vaccines against the new coronavirus.

Panama is among the countries that have ensured vaccines against the Covid-19 disease for 100% of its population with the acquisition of 9.2 million doses. This is stated in the Covid-19 vaccine supply tracker of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in which it is detailed that this is preliminary data and subject to review. Eduardo Ortega Barría, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation, said that the country has agreed doses for a population of 4.6 million people, and we are 4.3 million, that is, we have more doses than are really needed in this moment.

A group of residents of the Salto Dupí community closed a section of the InterAmerican highway on Monday morning at the San Lorenzo crossing, to demand that the administration of President Laurentino Cortizo build an access road to the local area. Salto Dupí is a village in the Mironó district, in the Ngäbe-Buglé region. With an approximate population of 2,672 inhabitants. Due to this situation, the drivers of the international road have expressed their dissatisfaction with the roadblock, which they describe as “huge

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) , exceeds financial expectations despite the crisis caused by COVID-19, collecting from January to July of this year $110,831,597 which represents 38% more income than 2020 and 35% more than budgeted for the same period.

Daniel Brea, president of the Popular Party Party (PP) , managed to stop – for now – his expulsion from that political organization. The Electoral Court (TE) admitted, on August 13, the nullity claim that he had filed on the 2nd of this month against an expulsion resolution issued by the National Ethical-Electoral Court of that group.

A ceremonial clay vase, more than 1,200 years old, is one of the approximately 25 archaeological pieces that were stolen at dawn on Sunday, in the old San Juan de Dios chapel in Natá.After this fact, the Natá Foundation of Los Caballeros Siglo XXI (Funac), the group that guards these pieces, made a formal complaint to the Public Ministry an entity that is already carrying out investigations into the case.

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