Wednesday 5th January 2022.

January 5, 2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Tuesday, that 3,259 new infections of Covid-19 have been registered in the last 24 hours. In its report, the ministry highlighted that three new deaths are reported and two from previous dates are updated for a cumulative of 7,445 deaths and a fatality of 1.5%. In the last hours they applied 19,521 tests for a positivity of 16.7%. Meanwhile, active cases add up to a total of 18,763, of which 18,448 are in home isolation and 225 hospitalized. Those in isolation are divided into 18,191 at home and 257 in hotels. There are 195 hospitalized in the ward and 30 in intensive care units.

During the presentation of the annual report of the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the Office of the Public Prosecutor for Organized Crime and Drug-Related Matters and the Metropolitan Office highlighted that 388 search procedures were carried out in 2021. In the seven major anti-drug operations that were carried out in 2021, 337 people were apprehended. The anti-drug operations developed by the Special Prosecutor for Drug-Related Crimes were “Neptuno”, “Oasis”, “Master”, “Jade”, “Fusión”, “Fortaleza, Moto, HFC” and “Fisher”.

In addition, more than 12.9 million dollars were seized in the seven operations against local and international drug trafficking, the authorities of the Attorney General’s Office revealed at the press conference. 160 vehicles and 28 firearms were also seized. For its part, the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Organized Crime conducted more than 300 investigations for crimes of extortion, smuggling of migrants, arms and explosives trafficking, human trafficking, kidnapping and organized crime.

From the early hours yesterday, the search and rescue work of two occupants (Americans) of an aircraft that crashed on Monday, in the Punta Chame area was resumed. Air operations were resumed yesterday morning while maritime operations were maintained during the night of Monday and part of Tuesday morning in the area of ​​the accident, said the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC).

With the promise of “rescuing the image” of the institution and fighting for “timely, equitable, transparent and accessible” justice, Judge María Eugenia López Arias assumed the presidency of the Supreme Court of Justice on Monday, for the 2022 biennium. 2023. López Arias, who reached the highest court on December 5, 2019, after President Laurentino Cortizo appointed her as Jerónimo Mejía’s replacement, also promised an “open-door management … Consensus actions with state entities, the private sector, and civil society ”, to“ together modernize and strengthen the justice system ”.

The mayor of Taboga, Magaly Ricord, defended this Tuesday, Decree 11 of last December 31, which prohibits those who travel to that island from carrying meals prepared in pails and liquor. “We are doing well, since with this measure we are protecting the merchants of the island of Taboga,” she said in an interview with TVN .

First week of the year 2022 and the Supreme Court of Justice already receives a lawsuit for unconstitutionality against Law 256 of October 26, 2021. It was presented by the National Bar Association and the Federation of Professional Associations of Panama. The general director of Income, Publio De Gracia responded to the issue and invited the professional associations to talk. In addition, he stressed that through said law, privacy is not violated, but rather that it is sought that through the application of electronic invoicing, progress can be made on tax issues in the country.

After receiving a complaint from 50 people affected by the purchase and sale of a motor vehicle, agents of the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office of the Third Section against Economic Heritage and police units managed to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of this crime. He is a 43-year-old citizen, who lived in the Nuevo San Carlitos community, on the outskirts of the David district.

The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) issued a warning for high rates of ultraviolet radiation from yesterday, January 4, to Saturday, January 8, 2022. “The ozone layer is weakened over our region, so UV-B radiation rates are expected to extremes, generating skin burns,” reported Sinaproc.Given the increase in UV rays, it is advisable to take preventive measures such as the use of sunscreen, stay hydrated and avoid exposing yourself to the sun at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm Sinaproc also maintains until January 7 a warning for prevention of high tides in the Pacific area. Peak tides will reach up to 17.0 feet high. For this reason they ask the population to avoid activities in the Panamanian Pacific. In the case of artisanal fishermen, the use of navigation equipment and life jackets is mandatory.

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