Wednesday 21st July 2021.

July 21, 2021

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of this Tuesday, July 20, highlighted that in the last 24 hours, six deaths have been reported due to Covid-19. With the latest deaths registered in the country, the new coronavirus has caused 6,716 accumulated deaths, which represents a 1.6% fatality. While this week there is a slowdown in the number of cases nationwide, a prominent example is the province of Herrera. According to the Minsa, this week an effective reproduction index of 0.99 is reported at the national level, which you contracted with last week, which was 1.01. This Tuesday 1,089 new cases of people infected with the virus have been detected. In Panama there are 424,455 accumulated cases to date. On the other hand, in the country there are 13,133 active cases, however on July 20, 1,398 recovered from the virus were reported. The Minsa also reported that 13,496 tests were carried out today to detect those infected with Covid-19. The percentage of positivity is 8% While there are 12,000 people in home isolation and 360 in the so-called hospital hotels, 773 are hospitalized, of which 638 are in a ward and 135 in intensive care units.

Panama received this Tuesday, July 20, the largest batch of vaccines against Covid-19 from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in alliance with Biontech. This is the twenty-fourth shipment and has 363,870 doses, which arrived at the Tocumen international airport, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) specified .

The United States will donate 500 thousand anticovid doses to Panama from the pharmaceutical duo Pfizer-BioNTech. This was announced by Erika Mouynes, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who indicated that the vaccines will arrive in the country this Wednesday, July 21.

On Tuesday, a technical table made up of deputies from various parties analyzed bill 329, which aims to eradicate the conflict of interest in the public administration. Corina Cano, deputy of Molirena, explained that the initiative – which is in the second debate in the plenary session of the National Assembly – is being “perfected and strengthened” at the technical table.

Panama Fire Department personnel reported on Tuesday afternoon, a fire in a building of the Institutional Protection System (SPI), in the Corozal sector. Luis Ángel Jaramillo, national director in charge of the Fire Department, indicated that there are no injuries and that only fatigue has been reported among the personnel.

After the breakage of a water pipe from the copper extraction process in Donoso, by Minera Panamá , a fact registered on July 14 and that would have affected the waters of the Chicheme stream and the Pifá river, the Personería de Coclesito The Public Ministry initiated an investigation for the alleged commission of crimes against natural resources.

A draft law for the elimination of accessory penalties for people convicted of common crimes was presented in the National Assembly by the deputy of the ruling PRD, Raúl Pineda . The proposal seeks that accessory penalties – such as disqualification from functions in public office, for example – be eliminated as sanctions within a criminal conviction. “An ordinary person who commits a crime and serves five or eight years [in prison], is unable, once he gets out of jail, to work for the same period of time,” Pineda said in plenary session, at the time of presenting the blueprint.

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) called on the government for transparency in the contracts of companies with the State, while demanding the end of the mobility restriction measures and a prompt economic reactivation . The pronouncement of the business union comes after a meeting between the council of former presidents of the Chamber and the current president, Jose Ramón Icaza , in which they analyzed various points of national interest.

The First Criminal Court for Liquidation provisionally shelved the investigation followed by 19 out of 610 people for alleged irregularities in the million-dollar compensation process for “red devils” buses on the Panama and San Miguelito routes.

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