Wednesday 13th January 2021.

January 13, 2021

In the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) it was highlighted that in the last hours 50 deaths have been reported.  With the 3,740 new positive cases in the country there are accumulated 285,093. According to the Minsa, 17,137 tests were applied, for a positivity percentage of 21.8%.  With the 50 new deaths, 4,561 accumulated deaths are total, with a fatality of 1.6%.  There are 2,564 hospitalized, of them 2,341 are in the ward and 223 in an intensive care unit.

From this Thursday, January 14, we will return to a process of “gradual and asymmetric reopening.” This was reported this Tuesday, by the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre.  Minister Sucre announced that the curfew, for Panama and West Panama, will now be from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (previously it was from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.) However, there will be a total quarantine at the weekends, starting January 15, from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am

The # TodoPanamá movement launched a new virtual assistant on its communication platforms, in order to provide the population with accessible and timely information on prevention and management measures for the new coronavirus in their homes.

The Panamanian Association of Hotels (Apatel) described this Monday, January 11, as “regrettable and shameful” the delay in payment to the hotel-hospitals that have housed patients with coronavirus since April 2020,  “The debt of the Minsa exceeds 8 million dollars,” said the union.

The former President of the Republic Ricardo Martinelli is now trying to reverse the ruling of November 20, 2020 that annulled the trial in which he was found not guilty in 2019. His defense presented before the Court a protection of guarantees against the ruling of the Superior Court of Appeals. Lawyers for the victims of the wiretapping believed that it was a delaying tactic to prevent the new trial on June 22.

Eight people were apprehended, this Tuesday, in the province of Colón, for being allegedly linked to the crime against collective security (gang activity).  This operation overseen by the National Police, in coordination with the Public Ministry.  During the procedure, cash and vehicles were also seized, which will be part of the investigation.

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