Tuesday 19th January 2021.

January 19, 2021

Panama this Monday, January 18, exceeded 4,800 deaths from coronavirus and is close to reaching 300 thousand accumulated cases, according to the most recent epidemiological report from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) . In the last 24 hours, 37 people died from Covid-19. In addition, it indicates that they “updated” four deaths registered in previous days, which adds up to a total of 4,828 deaths. 7,703 tests have been applied and 1,342 new cases have been detected (17.4% positivity).  Meanwhile, there are 2,626 hospitalized and 2,387 of them are in the ward and 239 in intensive care units.

At least 200 positive travelers with Covid-19 have been detected by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) at the Tocumen International Airport, so far this year. According to a report from the Ministry of Public Health Directorate, between January 1 and 15, 2020, 221 travelers out of those tested when entering the country were found to be  positive with Covid-19.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , announced Monday, that more than a thousand schools throughout the country will be used in the vaccination process to contain Covid-19.

The Social Security Fund (CSS) received the room that will be enabled to care for patients with Covid-19, in the City of Health and that will have about 280 beds.

With the participation of representatives from various sectors of the country, the national dialogue was installed on the afternoon of this Monday, by the Social Security Fund (CSS) , the central theme will be the future of pensions and retirements.

The ministers of Economy and Finance of the European Union (Ecofin) will meet on February 16 to deliberate as to whether or not to remove Panama from the ‘black’ list of tax havens in which it shares a position with 11 other countries: American Samoa, Anguilla, Barbados, Fiji Islands, Guam, Palau, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, and Seychelles.

The National Institute of Civil Aeronautics of Venezuela (Inac) announced that it lifted the restrictions on flights from Panama and the Dominican Republic. Flights were suspended since December 13, 2020 and one of the reasons that motivated the cancellation was an increase in positive cases of coronavirus (Covid-19).

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