Wednesday 16th December 2020.

December 16, 2020

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, announced a total quarantine from December 25 to 28, and from January 1 to 4, 2021, as a measure to stop the advance of the coronavirus in the country.  He explained that the total quarantine will begin from 7:00 pm on Friday 25th and will end at 5:00 am on Monday, December 28th; and the second quarantine will be from 7:00 pm on Friday, January 1 to 5:00 am on Monday, January 4.  Meanwhile, as of Friday December 18th, a new curfew and dry law schedule will take effect: from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Currently, the curfew is from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 am He said that government entities will work with up to 50% of officials on alternate days – one day on, one day off.  In addition, from 5:00 pm on December 23 to 5:00 am on January 4 they will establish sanitary fences. These will be located in La Pesa de La Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Viguí, among others.  Airports, ports and borders will remain open. Meanwhile, Leonardo Labrador, head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Tuesday, December 15, that 29 new deaths from coronavirus have been reported, for a total of 3,411 to date. The number of people in intensive care units (ICU) increased in recent hours: 197, the highest number so far.  While the Rt rose from 1.18 to 1.21

The board of directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) approved this Tuesday, to deliver direct contributions to the National Treasury for $ 1,824.12 million corresponding to fiscal year 2020, which runs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.

The gross domestic product (GDP) of Panama suffered a 23.6% contraction in the third quarter of the year, announced this Tuesday, by the director of the Institute of Statistics and Census , Samuel Moreno.

The Academic Council of the University of Panama (UP) will analyze today if it gives up the university gym facilities to receive patients with Covid-19.

The gym that the CSS is requesting to adapt it is the one in front of the Metropolitan Hospital Complex, on the Trans-isthmic road.

The National Institute of Civil Aeronautics Venezuela (INAC) preferred to suspend all flights with Panama, as opposed to increasing the number of frequencies that Copa Airlines could operate from the Tocumen International Airport to that country.

Chad F. Wolf, acting secretary of National Security of the United States (EU), met the Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino.

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, the Hebrew Community of Panama declared itself in a “state of emergency” and prohibited the celebration of private events after the religious ceremonies of marriage, bar mitzva, pidión habén and brit mila.

The Covid-19 Panama Vaccine Research Consortium -integrated by the Cevaxin Vaccination and Research Center and the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services- is making good progress with the phase 2 clinical study of the German vaccine against Covid- 19 from the CureVac company.

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