The latest Covid-19 statistics, for the week ending 4 February, showing 513 new cases (compared to 640 the previous week) and 3 new fatalities (2 last week). The testing positivity rate falls to 3% (down from 3.9%), with still 1 person in ICU and 52 in other wards. The 747 active cases are 142 less than last week.

In other news, the press reports on Operation Rising Sun 2, with 31 people detained in Colón Province, they being allegedly linked to a gang calling itself Niños Sufridos (NS).

The Canal authority (ACP) has emphasised that the Canal is neutral and any and all vessels that pay their toll and follow the regulations may transit, even the 2 Iranian Navy ships said to be on their way.

In some good news, it has been reported that Panama is one of the 10 most affectionate countries in the world. Apparently, Crossword Solver, a tool that is used to solve crossword puzzles and anagrams, analysed 15 million tweets to find out which places publish more affectionate phrases and Panama is among the 10 most affectionate countries in the world. Guatemala was top, followed by Honduras, and Panama was sixth. Mind you, Colón (see above) was mentioned as one of the most affectionate cities…


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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