Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

June 2, 2021

For this Tuesday, June 1, the epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports 731 new cases of coronavirus and 6 deaths that occurred in the last 24 hours. The report also indicates that there are currently 6,412 active Covid-19 cases in the country and a total of 366,039 people have recovered from the disease. Leonardo Labrador, head of epidemiology at the Minsa, indicated that 5,968 people are kept in home isolation of these 5,646 at home and 322 in hotels. While hospitals there are 444 patients, 385 in the wards and 58 in the intensive care unit. The curve that corresponds to epidemiological week number 21 with new cases shows an increase of 12.5% ​​compared to the previous week, explained Labrador. The percentage of test positivity showed a slight increase, for this week it stands at 5.6%, last week it was 5.2%. In addition, the chief of epidemiology explained that 40 deaths have been reported this week, bringing the total to 6,377 deaths from Covid-19. The current fatality rate is 1.7%. The provinces of Panama (1,665) Chiriquí (1,460), Veraguas (534) and Coclé (363) report a high rate of cases for this week. This week the effective reproduction index or Rt. Is 0.99, last week it was 1.10. On the other hand, Labrador indicated that during this week 40 positive cases of passengers were reported at the Tocumen International Airport that have been isolated.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) detailed the prevention plan that will be used in Panama to reduce the risk of a third wave of COVID-19. Nadja Porcell, general director of Public Health explained that this plan will be implemented at the level of the country, province, health region, district, township and communities.

The Cabinet Council made official this Tuesday, the call for legal professionals to apply for the position of magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) . The call was published in the Official Gazette. According to the document, those who have the aspiration to occupy one of the two magistrate positions that will remain vacant from December 31, 2021, must present their documentation within a term of 10 calendar days, from the last publication of this call in national circulation newspapers.

The President of the Republic Laurentino Cortizo announced the development of the natural gas-based thermal generation plant of Generadora de Gatún in the province of Colón , a company that since last year has been negotiating to acquire the rights to Panama NG Power power supply contracts .

The Comptroller General of the Republic authorized this Tuesday, the National Charity Lottery to release the payment to the winner of the Gordito de Zodiaco draw on April 30, 2021 based on the recommendation of the “Evaluation Report corresponding to the draw No.0351 ″ issued by the entity’s National Supervision Directorate. The audit determined “that there was no type of irregularity and that the process of cancellation, delivery, sale, return and payments of the package in which the ticket No. 7606 was found compliant with the Procedures Manual in force in the Lottery,” says. the entity.

The Minister of Labor, Doris Zapata, confirmed on Tuesday that on Monday the 802 contracts that were pending in the agricultural sector of the economy were reactivated ex officio, amid the Covid-19 pandemic .

The board of directors of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has been in permanent session since last Thursday analyzing the request for automatic extension of the Panama Ports Company (PPC) contract for 25 years or until 2047, to continue operating the ports of Balboa and Cristobal.

The preliminary hearing of 33 people accused of the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering, through the Lava Jato operation , originally scheduled for this Tuesday, was suspended, since a defense lawyer presented a medical excuse and two others did not even appear. “There is no crime here, there has never been any crime, so that as far as we are concerned, the issue is very easy: we must acquit everyone and announce that there will be no trial, because if there is no crime, for that there is going to be a trial, “said Mossack, upon arriving at the Balboa Theater, shortly before the start of the hearing.

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