Wednesday 24th November 2021.

November 24, 2021

The epidemiology report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of this Tuesday, indicates that 214 new infections of Covid-19 have been registered, with no deaths in the last 24 hours. The Minsa explained that the statistics have included two deaths from previous dates, which increases the figure to 7,356 deaths from coronavirus in the country. The fatality rate for the disease is 1.5%. According to the report, 7,136 coronavirus tests have been applied for a positivity of 2.9%. It was also announced that there are currently 2,468 active cases. Of these, 2,354 are in home isolation, 2,279 at home and 75 in hotels. While of the 114 hospitalized, 91 patients are confined in ward and 23 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday de Villalobos , reported this Tuesday that they are working on the details of the biosafety measures that will be established in the Decree that will govern for the 2022 school year, which will be in person. In an inter-institutional meeting to analyze the actions to be taken for next year’s classes, Gorday de Villalobos announced that in the draft of the document it is stated that the biosecurity plans must be adjusted due to the Covid-19 pandemic . Meduca had already advanced in previous weeks that the start of classes is scheduled for March 7, 2022.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , announced this Tuesday that the booster vaccination against Covid-19 has already been approved for those over 18 years of age. Cortizo participated in a meeting on the 2022 educational plan and when asked about the application of the reinforcement doses for this age group, he limited himself to saying that he had approved and that the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, would later give details. The decision to expand vaccination coverage with those over 18 years of age comes amid a rebound in Covid-19 cases nationwide and epidemiologists have warned of the possible start of a fourth wave.

The Minister of Security, Juan Pino, reiterated onTuesday morning that the search for the second person allegedly implicated in the murder of the deputy director of the Public Registry Agustín Lara continues. Pino recalled that a reward of $ 10,000 was offered for that suspect. “Let’s hope that this person will be under safe custody soon and taken before the authorities and continue their process.” On November 20, the National Police offered a reward of 10 thousand dollars for information that allows finding the location and capture of Yeison Felipe Possu Mera, of Colombian nationality, with passport AS535076.

Federal judge Raymond Dearie denied a request for bail (the second submitted in a week) in favor of Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , during a (virtual) hearing held this Tuesday, November 23. However, the judge communicated that he is willing to review the bail request at a hearing (this time, in person), to be held on December 14. Prosecutors objected to the granting of bail.

The hours of detention of Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares in the military prison of Mariscal Zavala in Guatemala, are about to end. As confirmed by Canal Antigua de Guatemala , through the journalist Sergio Osegueda , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country, already has in its possession the notification and the file to officially inform the United States Embassy in Guatemala of the authorization to extradition.

A total of seven environmental organizations presented on the morning of this Tuesday, November 23, a lawsuit before the Supreme Court of Justice to “declare null” as illegal Executive Decree No. 141, which creates the so-called certificate of accreditation of land use in protected areas.According to the organizations, the regulation has violated more than 35 provisions of the current regulatory framework.

The Social Security Fund (CSS) reported this Tuesday, November 23, that in December it will disburse $ 18 million 232 thousand in the Christmas bonus for the country’s retirees and pensioners. According to a statement from the entity, the bonus will be effective on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

With the nationwide deployment of at least 28,000 agents, the security forces launched the end-of-year operation, which will run until January 7. Simón Henríquez, deputy director of the National Police, reported that as of this Tuesday, November 23, different operations will be carried out to guarantee the safety of nationals and foreigners. Henríquez reported that the end-of-year operation covers the highways, residential areas, shopping centers, banking areas, restaurants, places of entertainment and points of concentration of the public and passers-by.

Personnel from the Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente) in Colón, together with units of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) and residents on María Chiquita beach, Portobelo district, on the Arriba de Colón coast, rescued a dolphin that was stranded after being dragged by a swell. MiAmbiente reported that the dolphin was stranded on the shore and, after several attempts to return the specimen to the sea, the environmental volunteers of Grupo Saracunde Pescas, managed to return the aquatic mammal to the deep waters of the Caribbean Sea. Saracunde Pescas Group, made up of residents of the María Chiquita sector, dedicated to the conservation of coastal marine species, has carried out these rescues.

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