The moment we have all been waiting for: 2021, the start of a new decade!
I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday. We asked our teams to share their New Year’s resolutions, and you can see their responses by clicking here.
As we return to the weekly updates, Panama has seen a spike in numbers bringing back earlier curfews and total quarantines. Like many countries worldwide, both Christmas and New Year’s weekends saw the country under strict lockdowns and will continue this weekend. According to last night’s report by the Ministry of Health, Panama’s numbers have risen to 269,091 with 4,321, representing a 24% increase from my previous update on December 18.
The two largest provinces, Panama and Panama Oeste, have returned to total quarantine with women allowed out for 2-hours according to the last digit of their ID on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and men the same for Tuesdays and Thursdays. President Cortizo announced that the vaccine would arrive in Panama between January 18 and 25. The first round of vaccinations includes healthcare workers, national security forces, and people with disabilities. The country will rollout the vaccinations in four phases. We are hoping to see the quarantines lifted on January 15 (fingers crossed). The curfew does not seem to have an end in sight, and the country is still under a mandated mask law. Everyone is required to wear masks when outside of their home. Fortunately, most Panamanians seem to have become used to always wearing masks, even when biking, running, or exercising.
We will start the first class of 2021 on Tuesday, January 19, and we are very excited about the nigh level of interest we have. We have several clients already working with us to plan for their Q1 growth plans, and the development team will be busy next week finalizing the top 30 candidates!
If you have not checked out our new website that premiered in December, please go to www.onqoc.com!
I am looking forward to continuing working with all of you this year!
Again, and as always, we are hoping for you and your loved ones’ safety and well-being.