Friday, September 30, 2022

Panama: President announces an end to the compulsory use of masks

PANAMA ( Associated Press) – Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo on Friday announced an end to the mandatory use of masks in closed spaces and announced that he will travel to Houston on Sunday for an evaluation of his bone marrow disease.

When presenting his annual report to the nation before the National Assembly at the start of his fourth and final year in power, Cortizo explained that by July 11, the sanitary measure of the mandatory use of face masks would be removed, with exceptions. Health facilities Public and private health and public passenger transport.

The 69-year-old president also spoke out for a new legislative year after Speaker Crispiano Adams and his two vice-presidents Kyra Harding and Miguel Fanovich—from the ruling coalition—have been re-elected for another year before the assembly. Starts on Friday.

Cortizo reported at a time when, like other countries, he is facing pressure from sectors that demand brakes on growth in gasoline and food, but also uncertainty about his illness.

“After the presentation of this report I will travel this Sunday and I will be back on Saturday, July 9,” the president said. Cortizo announced two weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with “intermediate risk” myelodysplastic syndrome and, following medical recommendations, would travel to Texas for a special evaluation after reports to the nation.

Teachers from the Independent Teachers Association rushed to the National Assembly site to protest the high cost of living and demand answers to serious and long-standing problems such as the degradation of educational facilities and improving the quality of teaching.

Other social and activist groups also estimated that they would appear in Congress to demand measures to counter the increase in gasoline, which exceeded $6 a gallon, the highest price ever recorded in the country, due to the fact Despite that starting to rule on Friday, the reduction was between 27 and 31 cents per gallon. Petrol prices in Panama are revised every two weeks.

Gasoline growth has increased the cost of the basic food basket, for which many sectors are seeking to stabilize fuel prices. Officials say this option is not viable.

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