Tuesday 4th May 2021.

May 4, 2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Monday, May 3, that in the last 24 hours there have been 5 new deaths from Covid-19, they also update a death from previous days, so the accumulated number of deaths in the country amounts to 6,244. In addition, 195 new positive cases are registered, for a cumulative total of 365,299. Of this last number, 355,187 people recovered. According to the epidemiological report of the Minsa, 4,243 tests were applied, for a percentage of positivity 4.5% Active cases total 3,868. In home isolation, 3,525 are reported, of which 3,345 are at home and 180 in hotels. There are 343 hospitalized and 275 of those are in the wards and 68 are in intensive care units.

The Ministry of Education (Meduca) confirmed this Monday that 55% of the educational personnel, including teachers and administrators, of the 100 schools contemplated in the gradual return to classes plan have already received the vaccine against Covid-19. This blended back-to-school schedule will begin on May 31, complying with a series of biosafety measures established in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, in different educational regions.

The National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala (Inacif) reported that Luis Enrique Martinelli was evaluated through a clinical cardiologist and the examination determined that his general health status is stable and does not warrant being admitted to a hospital. The Fifth Court of Criminal Sentencing, Drug Trafficking and Crimes against the Environment of Guatemala ordered last week that a forensic doctor examine Martinelli Linares, after he requested to be transferred to a hospital, for alleged heart problems.

The independent deputy Juan Diego Vásquez revealed weaknesses, practices, and recurring tricks in the three branches of the State. He questioned the Executive headed by the President of the Republic LaurentinoNito Cortizo, for belatedly presenting bills that he promised to promote to remove the country from the gray lists.

The administration of the Tocumen International Airport confirmed this Monday, May 3, that a person was injured after part of a ceiling fell from an area where work is being carried out. In a statement Tocumen SA, advised that the incident occurred in the corridor in front of room 114 of the north dock of Terminal 1.

For three days in a row, 10 players from Panama, Colombia and Puerto Rico competed in the Hybrid Invitational Chess Tournament, a virtual contest, organized by the Puerto Rican federation and endorsed by the FIDE (International Chess Federation). The event was won by Colombian international teacher Rafael Araque, followed by Puerto Rican Diego Zilleruelo and Panamanians André Méndez, Carlos Neira and Efren Ramos.

In the midst of a low hotel occupancy, which did not exceed 10% in the first quarter of the year, news comes from abroad that could bring better days for the Panamanian tourism sector, hard hit by the measures adopted against the coronavirus pandemic ( Covid-19) . The publications International Living and Smithsonian Magazine included Panamanian destinations among the recommendations that tourists should follow now that international travel has been reactivated despite the pandemic.

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