Panama recorded yesterday 4,372 new contagions, which means that COVID-19 infections are increasing an average 2,390 new cases every day. This represents 66% of the peak — the highest average reported on January 9, last year.

Consequently, yesterday the National Government announced that vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for public sector officials, indicating that those who do not meet this requirement must present a negative COVID-19 test every Monday.

As indicated by the authorities, this measure was adopted to prevent those officials who are not vaccinated from putting the health of their co-workers at risk.

Likewise, from next Friday, January 28, 2022, three doses of vaccines will be required to consider the vaccination schedule complete and from tomorrow, January 7, pediatric vaccination begins in children from 5 to 11 years old.

There have been 507,779 infections and 7,445 deaths related to the coronavirus in Panama since the pandemic began and 6,380,653 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been applied.