Wednesday 12th January 2021.

January 12, 2022

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) , of this Tuesday, reveals that in the last 24 hours there were 4,105 new infections and 8 deaths from Covid-19. These new figures increase the total number of deaths to 7,479, with a fatality of 1.4%. Two deaths from previous dates were also updated. While to know the new cases, 16,502 were applied for a positivity of 25%. The report also indicates that there are 34,013 active cases, of which 33,634 are in home isolation and 379 hospitalized. There are 33,175 people at home and 459 in hospital hotels. There are 339 hospitalized in the ward and 40 in the intensive care unit.

A group of businessmen and officials from the Ministries of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel) and Health (Minsa) and the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) meet this afternoon to analyze issues related to trade and the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the topics that will be analyzed are how the country evolves in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic and the development of local commerce. The “mild” measures will also be discussed due to the increase in cases in some regions. “Make an analysis of the situation in the country regarding the pandemic.” The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, explained that yesterday afternoon’s meeting would address issues related to the Panamanian economy.

Amid complaints from a group of citizens, the anticovid vaccination process began on Tuesday, at the Megamall shopping center (East Panama). And it is that the start of the activity had been announced for 9:00 am. However, it was not until an hour and a half later that the people began to be attended to. Many people said that they arrived at Megamall from 6:00 am. “They don’t want crowds and look at this,” said one of the complainants, alluding to the long lines that formed. Alexis De León, in charge of the Panavac-19 operation on the 8-10 circuit, explained that there was a street closure on 24 December, which had to be attended by the police officers who were assigned to escort the arrival of the vials to this vaccination center.

San Miguelito surpassed the figure of 3,000 active cases of Covid-19 , confirmed the regional direction of Health of this district. The increase in people infected in recent days has been significant after last Thursday, January 6, 1,767 active cases were reported. The average positivity is 15%.

The Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut) confirmed this Tuesday, that five players from the senior team called up for the friendly match against Peru, and three members of the coaching staff, tested positive for Covid-19 . In a statement, Fepafut specifies that the tests were carried out on Monday, prior to the concentration of the players who will train for the game against the Peruvian eleventh this Sunday, January 16 in Lima.

Two wounded were the result of an exchange of shots registered this Tuesday, January 11, in sector B of the La Nueva Joya Penitentiary Center after a brawl between rival gangs. Police sources detailed that the incident occurred at noon after the relocation of some members of the San 23 gang to sector B of Nueva Joya, which is occupied by members of the Calor Calor gang. According to the first investigations, five inmates carrying firearms made several detonations, which led to the intervention of Police Crowd Control agents. During the incident, a guard received blows to different parts of the body by some inmates.

Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo held this Tuesday, January 11, 2022, a meeting with the new board of directors of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) to formally deliver the “commitment note” to transfer $ 15 million to implement the judicial career law. According to Cortizo, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) must initiate the process for the transfer of the money, which will be incorporated into the budget of the Judicial Branch for 2022. At this Tuesday’s meeting, which was held in the Presidency, also The Minister of the MEF, Héctor Alexander, participated. One of the main obstacles to the implementation of Law 53 of August 27, 2015 (judicial career) is the budget. At least that has been the argument of the last presidents of the Court (José Ayú Prado, Hernán De León and Luis Ramón Fábrega), when they were questioned about the delay in implementing the rule.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly unanimously approved, in the third debate, bill 567 that creates the system of guarantees and comprehensive protection of the rights of children and adolescents. María Inés Castillo, Minister of Social Development stated that in Panama “we needed a system of guarantee and comprehensive protection of the rights of children and adolescents”, and added “we had a historical debt with our childhood and adolescence, being one of the few countries in the world that did not have a system, that is why today a historic milestone is marked in Panama, with the approval of this bill “. After this approval of the document, the sanction or veto of President Laurentino Cortizo is expected.

After the last plenary meeting held on November 24 of last year, the negotiating committee appointed by President Laurentino Cortizo and the Minera Panama team, are ready to return to the negotiating table in the coming days. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) noted that the company (Minera Panama), a subsidiary of Canada’s First Quantum, is analyzing the proposal presented by the commission. As expected, the economic and fiscal points would be the ones that would have been on the table the longest. The government is trying to increase the percentage of royalties it receives for the extraction of copper and other minerals from the Donoso mountains, Colón province, which is currently 2%.

The 2022 general scholarship contest closed on Monday, January 10, with the participation of more than 157 thousand students from all over the country, reported the Institute for Training and Use of Human Resources (Ifarhu). The results will be announced from January 24. Participants must enter the page with their code to know if they have been preselected.

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