Tuesday 21st June 2022.

June 21, 2022


The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Monday, June 20, that 826 new infections were registered in the last 24 hours. This is 317 cases less than yesterday. One death is reported and one from a previous date is updated, which raises the accumulated number of deaths to 8,325, while the lethality remains at 0.9%. This Monday, 4,431 tests were applied for a positivity of 18.6%.Active cases total 15,328 throughout the country. In home isolation there are 15,101 people and 227 hospitalized. Those in isolation are divided into 15,082 at home and 19 in hotels. 194 patients hospitalized in the wards and 33 in intensive care units.

In Panama, the application of anticovid doses in children from six months of age is being evaluated, the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre , reported on Monday. This, after the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized Pfizer and Moderna anticovid vaccines for children between six months and five years last Saturday. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already authorized its emergency use for this age group. Sucre pointed out that in a period of two weeks the arrival of the first shipment of these pediatric doses to the country could be finalized.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, will be evaluated in the United States in the coming weeks, after he was diagnosed with “myelodysplastic syndrome,” the Presidency reported on Monday, June 20. According to a statement from the Presidency of the Republic, the last blood test carried out by the president, at the end of May, showed that everything was fine, with the exception of a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell count. Likewise, it is detailed that it was also recommended that Cortizo undergo a second specialized evaluation, with molecular biology tests in the US city of Houston. This would be after July 1 when President Cortizo renders his report to the nation in the National Assembly.

The Public Ministry reported that the hearing of 27 people related to the Blue Apple case , scheduled for this Monday, June 20, was suspended and should take place on August 16. It was reported that judicial assistance was awaiting notification of two defendants who are outside the country, in this case Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, who are serving a 36-month prison sentence in the United States related to to the Odebrecht case.

The First Superior Court of Justice granted an amparo of guarantees to Daniel Ochy Diez, investigated for alleged money laundering in the New Business case , and ordered the Third Criminal Court to annul all proceedings in the first preliminary hearing of this case, held on January 27, 2022. At that hearing, Judge Baloisa Marquínez decreed the procedural break with respect to Ochy and decided that his case would be taken separately from the rest of the defendants. But the First Court, in a ruling under the presentation of Judge Melina Elisa Robinson, states that the procedural departure could not be applied.

The first phase of line 3 of the Panama Metro will have 12 stations and not 14 as initially designed. The cost of building a tunnel for the monorail to cross the Panama Canal channel, leaving aside the idea of ​​using the fourth bridge, increased the costs of the project awarded by 2,844 million dollars to the Korean consortium HPH Joint Venture. In the Panama Metro they reported that “at this stage the construction of 12 stations has been considered, leaving the forecasts to facilitate the construction of 2 stations in the future, to complement the capacities of the Vista Alegre and Arraiján stations.

The equipment of the operating rooms of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute in the City of Health of the Social Security Fund (CSS) is advancing at a good pace: two angiographs have already been installed, of the six that were planned to have in this facility. This was reported by Alex González, national executive director of the Health Services and Benefits of the CSS, who explained that these teams are important, since they allow —through an examination— to determine if the patient has an obstruction or an injury in the vascular part or the heart. González stressed that six angiographers will be installed, four that will be separate and two that will be in the hybrid operating rooms. “With hybrid operating theaters, we have the advantage that if the patient has an injury, it can be operated on without having to be transferred to utilize the equipment.”

The lack of implementation of a comprehensive plan for waste management in the country led to the number of open-air dumps going from 63 to 80 in about five years. In addition, the panorama is completed with a sanitary landfill that is now on our doorsteps more and garbage everywhere in the main streets of the capital. The director of Technical Services of the Urban and Home Cleaning Authority (AAUD) , Álvaro Díaz, acknowledged that there is a serious and difficult situation regarding waste management and that high levels of contamination are occurring in Panama. He added that the current management of solid waste is focused on its collection and disposal, instead of reduction, reuse, recycling or energy use and composting, said Díaz.

Coach Thomas Christiansen reiterated that he never had any doubts about continuing to lead the Panama senior team and the goal is set for the 2026 World Cup. The Panamanian Soccer Federation (Fepafut) made this Monday, June 20, the formal announcement of the continuity of Christiansen as coach of the eleventh major. “Both myself and my coaching staff wanted to stay here. We have not speculated with offers to increase renumeration in the contract”, said Christiansen.

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