Tuesday 1st June 2021.

June 1, 2021

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Monday, that for the second consecutive day a death is reported due to Covid-19. With this death, according to the Minsa, in the country there are 6,371 accumulated deaths due to the new coronavirus, for a fatality of 1.7%. In Panama there are 365,399 patients recovered from the disease. In addition, active cases total 6,327. While this Monday, 321 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 378,097. According to the Minsa, 5,836 tests were applied and a 5.5% positivity percentage is maintained. Meanwhile, 5,906 people are reported in home isolation, of which 5,565 are at home and 341 in so-called hospital hotels. While there are 421 hospitalized, of them 368 are in the wards and 53 in the intensive care unit.

The schools chosen for the beginning of the return to blended classes correspond to 13 regional education centers, they are low enrollment and multigrade. This was expressed by the Ministry of Education about the return to classes – voluntary and gradual – that began this Monday, May 31, 2021. According to Meduca, more than 4,863 students and 755 teachers are prepared for this process.

The head of Public Health of the Metropolitan Health Region, Ana Lorena Chang, confirmed that the respective sanctions will be applied to those responsible for organizing activities outside the law last weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic . In a statement from the entity, it specifies that one of the cases concerns the activity that took place last Friday in a disco bar in the San Felipe district in which the allowed capacity, physical distancing and the reactivation of a activity that is not yet authorized to restart operations.

The Judicial Branch reached an agreement with the Ministry of Culture for the use of the Balboa Theater to hold hearings with a large number of defendants and lawyers, it was made know this Monday. Sources of the Judicial Branch anticipated that it does not have adequate facilities to carry out processes with a large number of people and that for this an understanding was reached with Min of cultura.

On April 12, the day on which the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of the Public Ministry (MP) informed the country that it had sent the prosecutorial hearing of the Odebrecht case to the Judicial Organ, it announced that in the list of the 50 people for whom it requested be called for trial for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering, there were three “former public servants” for whom a trial was also requested for the alleged commission of corruption of public servants. They are Frank De Lima, Demetrio Jimmy Papadimitriu and Jaime Ford, who were ministers of Economy and Finance, the Presidency and Public Works, respectively, during the 2009-2014 government period.

After the first five months of 2021, the National Customs Authority reported that to date cigarettes have been withheld, illegally introduced into the country, worth more than $ 6 million.

The Third Liquidator Court will hold a hearing today with 42 people accused of alleged money laundering through the Lava Jato operation.

Among the defendants are Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca Mora, from the defunct law firm Mossack Fonseca , which is linked to the creation of offshore companies through which large sums of money were allegedly deposited to acquire real estate to launder money the product of the payment of bribes.

The administration of the Panama Metro reported that it had received technical and economic proposals for the tender for the design of the tunnel on Line 3, with a reference price of 13 million dollars.

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