The decision ofl Ministry of Health (Minsa) to maintain total quarantine on Sundays, in the district of La Chorrera, province of Panama Oeste It was a bucket of cold water for the merchants of this region of the country.

This week the district of La Chorrera will meet its fifth week with Sunday quarantine, after the Minsa will apply the measure to reduce the number of infections of covid-19.

One of the first to raise his voice was the mayor of La Chorrera, Tomás Velásquez, when requesting Minister Francisco Sucre, “to reconsider and reconsider the measure.”

Mayor Velásquez warned that the commercial sector in the district is being hit hard by the quarantine on Sundays; in addition to being affected by the curfew schedule.

He further added that no the occupancy figures of the Nicolás A. Solano hospital can be considered as a basis for maintaining the Sunday quarantine in La Chorrera, since patients from all over the province are being held in this hospital.

For his part, the spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama Oeste, Omar SugastiHe said that “the measure must be reviewed by the Executive with the highest priority.”

Reports have been received from traders of the heavy losses they are suffering as a result of this quarantine, Sugati said.

Besides that, it is not understood the extension of the quarantine in La Chorrera, where the number of COVID-19 infections it has decreased versus the increase in cases in the district of Arraiján.

For her part, the Governor of the province of Panama Oeste, Sindy Smith indicated that the measure was taken considering the epidemiological indicess in the district.

Added that “Unfortunately” the positivity index in the 18 townships they are still high; in addition to the limited availability of beds in the Nicolás A. Solano hospital.

However, he stated that once the sweep vaccination phase the measure could be changed.

The district of La Chorrera began the vaccination process with sweeping where it is expected to immunize 98,290 people from the 8-5 circuit with the first dose of Pfizer.

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