Tuesday 18th August 2020

August 18, 2020

Panama registered 603 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 new deaths in the last 24 hours, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa).  With these figures, the accumulated cases from this virus increased to 82,543 and 1,788 deaths with a fatality rate of 2.2%.

In the last 24 hours, 2,199 new tests were carried out to detect COVID-19 giving a 27% positivity rate.

Apparently, “They have not reported any type of important finding regarding Sicarelle” Holdings Inc. it was with these words the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, described the result of the investigation that he promised to carry out in to said company that currently cleans, disinfects, washes and handles the waste that is produced in hospital hotels, that was under direct contract.

The extension of mobility schedules so that more economic activities are reactivated in the country will depend on the behavior of the population.

Erika Mouynes, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, reported that the foreign service and representatives of multilateral organizations will be activated due to the loss of the Panamanian-flagged grain ship WAKASHIO in Mauritius.

The Panamanian airline Copa Airlines, which now operates with a reduced number of flights due to COVID-19, presented this Monday the disinfection, hygiene and biosecurity protocols that it has implemented to offer a safe environment at each stage of its travels.  A committee specialized in biosafety developed the measures in response to the recommendations of national health authorities and international organizations, Copa reported in a public statement.

The Comptroller General of the Republic of Panama announced the key sectors that

continue to help the national economy in the first half of 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A team from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), based in Panama, discovered a new species of shrimp on Coiba island, located in the Panamanian Pacific and which serves as a home for vegetation and fauna unique in the world.

Starting this Tuesday, August 18, the Don Bosco station on Line 2 of the Panama Metro will be operational.

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