Wednesday 19th November 2020.

November 18, 2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Tuesday, November 17, that the effective reproductive number of cases (Rt) of the coronavirus rose from 1.07 to 1.11 this week. Meanwhile, Lourdes Moreno, national chief of epidemiology, said that in the last hours they applied 8,948 tests, to give a result of 1,054 positive cases of coronavirus (11.8%). To date there are 17,586 active cases. Of that number, 16,701 are in home isolation, 731 hospitalized in ward and 154 confined in intensive care units. Minister Luis Francisco Sucre said that although the scenario in the country “is one of rebound” we can have control over the pandemic. “It is within expectations,” he added. He explained that while there has been an increase in cases in recent weeks, the number of recovered patients is also high. He cited that Panama maintains 86.2% of recovered cases, compared to 64.3% of recovered cases worldwide. “Our new goal is to exceed 10,000 tests,” he said, while explaining that the average positivity “remains within what is acceptable” (which is below 15%). “But our goal is to be below 10% positivity.”

The Emergency Operations Center reported on the morning of this Tuesday, November 17, that there was one death due to the bad weather that is registered in the country as an indirect effect of Hurricane Iota and there are three missing persons.

The National Court of Spain did not admit a complaint that the Baltasar Garzón International Foundation (Fibgar) presented against former President Ricardo Martinelli for alleged money laundering and corruption in international economic transactions. However, it did authorize proceedings to be carried out that would make it possible to determine the existence of the crimes.

The Panamanian Society of Psychiatry stressed the need to prohibit mental health certificates as a requirement to access a job or an educational center, after the Executive body vetoed the bill that eradicated this practice. President Laurentino Cortizo vetoed this and other articles of bill 314, considering them “inconvenient”. It

After a long period of confinement that has plunged the country into the greatest crisis for three decades, “now it is our turn to urgently recover the economy.” This was stated by the president of the National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep), Julio De La Lastra, during the inauguration of the 1st Conep Business Forum Public-Private Strategies for Economic Reactivation, in which the private sector will propose responses to the crisis caused due to the new coronavirus pandemic

From this Thursday, November 19, they will establish partial closures in two streets in the Old Town sector and the historic center of Panama as part of the measures implemented in the tourism activation plan for the area.

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) reported that the suspension of departure of smaller boats and pleasure yachts is extended, due to the strong waves that are on both coasts.

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