Wednesday 13th April 2022.

April 13, 2022


The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) for this Tuesday, April 12, reports 371 new cases of Covid-19 and one death. In the last hours, 6,785 tests were applied for a positivity of 5.5%. Minsa figures indicate that since the start of the pandemic, 767,438 cases of coronavirus have been recorded and a total of 8,178 deaths related to the disease. The report also indicates that 2,236 active cases of Covid-19 remain in the country. Of these, 2,151 patients are in home isolation (2,139 at home and 12 in hotels).While those hospitalized add 85 patients. Of these, 77 are in the wards and 8 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

At some point in Panama, a fourth dose against Covid-19 will have to be applied , said Panamanian scientist Eduardo Ortega Barría, who reiterated that the pandemic is currently under control. Ortega Barría, who is an advisor to the Covid-19 Panama Vaccine Research Consortium, stressed that the immune response to the virus is decreasing, whether the person contracted the disease or was vaccinated, in addition to the fact that the virus is mutating. “We are going to require a fourth dose without a doubt. The question is when?” said Ortega Barría.

The attorney in charge Javier Caraballo confirmed this Tuesday, that the return of prosecutors Ruth Mocillo, Zuleyka Moore, Adecio Mojica, Tania Sterling and Nahaniel Murgas, to their work as investigative officers occurred after his office decreed a provisional dismissal of the complaint filed by the former Minister of Education Lucy Molinar . Caraballo, when questioned by various media, reported that a provisional file of the investigation was given, after not finding evidence that would prove criminal conduct.

Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , arrested in New York for conspiring to launder money , tried to advance their sentencing hearing, but the prosecution opposed it because they are still reviewing “relevant information” from Panama and Guatemala . In a note sent on Monday, April 11, to Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Eastern District Court of New York, the New York State Attorney’s Office and the Fraud and Money Laundering Assets Recovery criminal divisions of the Department of American Justice, oppose the request presented by the lawyers of the Martinelli Linares, last Friday, and list three reasons for it. The defense attorneys intended to advance the sentencing of their clients for the week that begins on Monday, April 25 (even if it were joint and by video call), but the prosecution indicated that it already has a full agenda, to attend to other criminal matters, until May 6. Therefore, the reading of the sentence remains on the originally established dates: Ricardo Alberto’s will be in a hearing on May 13 and Luis Enrique’s, on May 20. The two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal remain in the Brooklyn federal detention center, without bail.

The National Police and the Public Ministry (MP) managed to dismantle a criminal organization of Costa Ricans in the province of Chiriquí. Ten people were arrested for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering activities. The operation called “Quixote” was carried out from 4:00 am on Tuesday, April 12. It was executed by the National Police in the province of Chiriquí and under the coordination of the Superior Specialized Prosecutor’s Office Against Organized Crime of the Public Ministry.

The project of the City of Arts, located in Curundú, has a physical progress of 84% and will be inaugurated at the end of this year, revealed the president Laurentino Cortizo after he toured the work on Tuesday, April 12. The City of the Arts is being built with an investment of 55,227,345 dollars and began in 2013. But it was received by the Cortizo administration “with 35% progress.” “The project was abandoned for four years without any kind of movement; in my administration we have given a boost to its infrastructure”, said Cortizo. The seven buildings will house the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Ballet of Panama; the schools of Theater, Dance, Plastic Arts and the National Institute of Music, stated the General Directorate of Communication. In addition, the complex will have a cafeteria, exhibition halls, a library, a multifunctional theater and will house the headquarters of the Circle of Writers and Writers of Panama.

From this Tuesday the 12th and until Monday the 18th of April, the Kairos III Holy Week Operation will take place, Panamanian authorities announced. Members of the Public Force, health personnel, firefighters, Red Cross, emergency team, lifeguards and the National Civil Protection System will participate in the operation, in order to guarantee the safety of citizens, many of whom will travel to the interior the country. At a press conference it was announced that there will be a lane reversal operation, starting on Thursday, April 14, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, heading towards the interior of the country. Meanwhile, the return operation to Panama City – which will be on Sunday, April 17 – will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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