Wednesday 9th June 2021.

June 9, 2021

Panama registered 882 new infections of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and the number of active cases rose 8,052 reported this Tuesday, by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in the epidemiological report. According to the figures explained by the head of epidemiology of the Minsa, Leonardo Labrador, in the last hours 11,596 tests were applied and the 882 new cases reflected a positivity of 7.6%. The positivity announced yesterday, Monday, was 5.9% and that of Sunday, 6.8%. Regarding the effective reproduction index, Labrador said that the Rt. For this week was 1.08, last week it was at 0.99. As for deaths, four were reported in the last 24 hours and since the pandemic reached the country in March 2020, there are 6,408 accumulated deaths returning a fatality rate of 1.7% Regarding the active cases, it is specified that 7,616 are in home isolation, of these 7,267 are in hotels and 349 in hotels. In hospital there are 436, of this number 373 are in wards and 63 in intensive care. Labrador reported that the townships that registered the highest number of new cases were San Francisco (Panama) with 46, Santiago followed with 29, Ailigandi with 27, Rufina Alfaro 23 and Juan Díaz (Panama) 22.

Personnel from the Public Ministry and the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) carried out a raid on the Coco del Mar Suites building on Tuesday afternoon, where alleged clandestine vaccinations against COVID-19 were carried out. A raid was also carried out at the facilities of the Vidatec clinical laboratory located on Calle 64 San Francisco, by officials of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office together with the DIJ after the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, filed a criminal complaint with the Attorney General’s Office so that the Public Ministry must now investigate.

The epidemiological and diagnostic indicators of the pandemic show signs of the arrival of a third wave of the Covid-19 disease in the country. The first signal emitted is the sustained increase of infections, exceeding 3,000 confirmed cases per week during the last four consecutive weeks.

The head of the Minsa, Luis Francisco Sucre, reported that the application of the AstraZeneca vaccine to women over 30 years of age will begin this Wednesday, June 9. Women over 30 years of age who want to apply this vaccine voluntarily must register through the platform , where they must choose the web appointment option.

Luis Francisco Sucre, reported this yesterday, that the curfew continues in the provinces of Veraguas and Chiriquí, since “reliable levels” of Covid-19 cases have not been achieved . In these provinces the mobility restriction is from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am, from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays it is a day of total quarantine and no working hours or mobility is allowed from 10:00 pm, from Saturday to 4:00 am, Monday. Regarding San Miguelito and Panama, the official said that the curfew will be maintained for two more weeks, and then new measures could be taken depending on the behavior of the virus. In these regions, mobility is also prohibited from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am, from Monday to Sunday.

The complaint filed by the lawyer Janio Lescure Sánchez against Corporación La Prensa, SA (Corprensa) and the journalist Rolando Rodríguez, was provisionally filed by the prosecutor of the Investigation and Follow-up of Causes Section (crimes against honor unit), Raquel Méndez Grace .

The deputies of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) already have a date to choose their candidate for president of the National Assembly .

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