Tuesday 5th January 2021.

January 5, 2021

In the last hours in Panama, 57 new deaths were registered due to the Covid-19 disease, highlighted the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa). Also this Monday, 2,494 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 256,230. According to the Minsa, 11,022 tests were applied, for a percentage of positivity of 22.6%. With the 57 new deaths, there are 4,197 accumulated deaths in the country, with a fatality of 1.6%. 2,426 people are hospitalized in the country, 2,191 of them are in a ward and 235 are in an intensive care unit.

A batch of 40,000 vaccines from the Pfizer-BioNTech company will arrive in Panama the week of January 18, the Ministry of Foreign Relations reported on the night of Monday, January 4. The Foreign Minister, Erika Mouynes, revealed that the vaccine will arrive between January 18 and 25.

Health, cold chain and Government Innovation Authority (AIG) personnel were trained on the packaging and unpacking process of the first batch of coronavirus vaccine that will arrive in Panama, in the first quarter of the year, by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (Icges) reported that they are conducting analyzes to determine whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 variant – much more contagious – discovered in the United Kingdom is present or not in the country. However, Gorgas announced that, to date, no findings of it have been reported.

The attorney general of the Administration, Rigoberto González, sent a note to the general director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, where he informed the medical director of the Arnulfo Arias Madrid hospital complex, José A Croston, of the initiation of an investigation., for possible breaches of ethics.

The First Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala rejected a challenge presented by Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, son of former President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, against the judges who must decide his extradition to the United States.

The Archdiocese of Panama released provisions for funerals, as a result of the health crisis caused by Covid-19.

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