Wednesday 23rd March 2022.

March 23, 2022


Panama has not registered any deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the second day of March in which the Health authorities confirm no deaths from the virus. In the epidemiological report, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) specifies that the number of deaths, since the pandemic arrived in the country in March 2020, is 8,159 and the lethality is 1.1%. 365 new cases of coronavirus are reported after the application of 7,540 tests for a positivity of 4.9%. In addition, it is detailed that there are 2,412 active cases, of which 2,269 are in home isolation: 2,235 in houses and 34 in hotels. Those hospitalized are 143, of that number 128 are in the wards and 15 in intensive care.

The Mayor’s Office of Panama annulled the resolution by which it awarded the Bio-ecological Services and Rentals Consortium the tender for the construction of a peripheral market in Chilibre, the reference price is $12.8 million. In a report signed by Mayor José Luis Fábrega , dated March 17, the institution explained that two companies, which were disqualified during the bidding process, submitted comments to the Evaluation Commission’s report. It is the Consortium Asocsa Manare and Concocreto Internacional, SA According to the Evaluation Commission, both companies did not meet the minimum requirements established in the list of charges.

A group of citizens presented this Tuesday, a lawsuit before the Supreme Court of Justice for the Third Chamber to review the transfer process of three fincas of the urban linear park of the coastal strip. These lands were ceded by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to the Mayor’s Office of Panama for the construction of a new seafood market, which has caused complaints and objections among different sectors of society.”We ask the Third Chamber to review the legality of the transfer because the urban linear park is under the administration of the Ministry of Public Works and the MEF, according to the regulations, does not have authorization to give that use to the Mayor’s Office of Panama”, indicated the lawyer Giulia de Sanctis, who spoke on behalf of the plaintiff group.

Three complaints were recently filed against President Laurentino Cortizo before the General Secretariat of the National Assembly, reported this Tuesday by the deputy and president of the Credentials Commission, Leandro Ávila. Two of them are related to the application of vaccines against Covid-19 and the third is due to the agreement reached by the State with Minera Panama in January 2022. “There are two complaints about vaccines: one person says that it is a situation against humanity and another that the vaccine was not necessary. That is to say, they are anti-vaccine people, ”said the deputy.

Ricardo Martinelli

Ricardo Martinelli had challenged the magistrate of the Electoral Court (TE), Eduardo Valdés Escoffery, not to act in the process of lifting his electoral criminal jurisdiction. However, the magistrate himself confirmed yesterday that the challenge was rejected by his colleagues last week, so now they are preparing to write the substantive ruling.The lifting of jurisdiction had been requested by a judge who is handling the Odebrecht and New Business cases . The battle for the jurisdiction; Martinelli challenged Eduardo Valdés, but the Electoral Tribunal objected to his claim.

Ambassadors from member countries of the European Union (EU) toured the province of Chiriquí yesterday, where they met with local authorities and businessmen, in order to determine the potential points of development and investment in the area. The delegation was made up of the ambassadors of Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany.

H.E. Tim Stew

“Freedom of expression is a vital principle for the United Kingdom and any healthy democracy,” said Tim Stew, ambassador to Panama of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, during a visit to the facilities of Corporación La Prensa, SA (Corprensa), which publishes the newspapers La Prensa and Mi Diario .

From April 15 to 17 in Panama there will be no processions during Holy Week because Executive Resolution No. 1386 of December 11, 2020 is still in force, in which crowds are prohibited due to Covid-19. However, the Catholic Church has in its program the celebration of activities inside the churches since in them the capacity and biosecurity measures, such as physical distancing and the use of masks, could be controlled. In this sense, it must be remembered that Executive Decree No. 852 of September 29, 2021 is also in force, which establishes the capacity of 100% for religious ceremonies.

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