Tuesday 6th October 2020.

October 6, 2020

In Panama, seven new deaths are reported due to Covid-19, according to the epidemiological report of this Monday, October 5, from the Ministry of Health (Minsa). In addition, this Monday 633 new positive cases are counted, for a cumulative total of 115,919.  According to the Minsa, this Monday 4,143 tests were applied, for a percentage of positivity of 15.3%.  With the 7 new deaths registered, there are 2,430 accumulated deaths in the country and a fatality of 2.1%.

“For me it is extremely important, and it was a commitment, to leave a number of institutions, secretariats that have been executing the budget.”  This is how the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , expressed himself this Monday, about the reorganization, recently announced, of the Ministry of the Presidency.

President Laurentino Cotizo appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice to request that article 2 of bill 312 of 2020 be declared unenforceable (unconstitutional) approved in the third debate [for the second time] in the National Assembly on September 23.  The initiative in question allows a group of officials to take advantage of telework, a partial or complete work modality, justifing absence with paid leave, among others, while the Covid-19 pandemic lasts .

In the midst of a world economy hit by the Covid-19 pandemic , the Panama Canal reported Monday, that it closed the 2020 fiscal year with 475.1 million tons of cargo.  According to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the effects of the slowdown due to the pandemic were felt more between the months of May and July with a reduction of around 20% in transits, mainly in the ship segments of passenger, vehicle carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Road closures in different parts of Costa Rica, including the border with Panama, continue despite the fact that the administration of President Carlos Alvarado announced on Sunday night that it would not continue with the negotiation proposal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

As of 11:00 pm last night, the parking area of ​​the coastal strip, in front of the Balboa Boutiques shopping center, is closed in its entirety. This, due to the execution of project works on the sewerage system of the Panama sanitation program.

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