According to last night’s report by the Ministry of Health, Panama’s numbers have risen to 324,489 with 5,391 deaths. In comparison the rest of the world, Panama’s numbers are moving in the right direction. Our mortality rate is 1.6% whereas the global rate is 2.2%. We are the second lowest in Latin America. Unfortunately in the last 24 hours as well as several days the past week, Santiago (where ONQ is headquartered) has reported the highest number of new cases.
On the positive side, the Minister of Health has announced that restaurants will be allowed to re-open on Monday, February 8. Gender-based days will be lifted on Monday,and Beaches and rivers will re-open Mondays through Fridays as well. It can be somewhat confusing to keep up with all of the openings and closings, because much of Panama had opened toward the end of 2020, but after the month of November when Panama celebrates several national holidays, we saw our second wave. The next delivery of vaccines is expected February 15. The government is preparing for a third wave as we get closer to Carnavales, Easter Week and the reopening of more economic activites. Minister Sucre has requested 3 million Spunik V vaccines (doses for 1.5 million people) from director of the Russian Fund for Direct Investment, Kirill Dmitriev.
With everyone locked down for so long, many of our QFamily members have been enhancing their cooking skills, and to follow, many feel as thought they are eating much more! This week’s video highlights some of our teams favorites dishes. Click here to view.
The current class will be assigned to their new client teams on Monday, and we start our second class of 2021 on Tuesday. We have more than 30 people who have accepted their offer. All the members of the current class passed their two-week interview today! This energetic group is excited to be one step closer to their client assignments!
We are finalizing our first quarter ONQ-U: the evening of Wednesday, February 24, and all-day Saturday, February 27. We have several US volunteers who have expressed interest. We are still adding professors! If you are interested, please click here.
Again, and as always, we are hoping for you and your loved ones’ safety and well-being.