Fire at Ministry of Health was caused by short circuit

The Ministry of Public Health said the police and fire department investigation revealed that the fire affecting the first floor of the Ministry of Public Health resulted after a short circuit caused the fuse to blow, affecting, in turn, the 8kw inverter in the technology room of the Financial Management Department.

Major Edward Helena of the Army led the investigations. He said investigators from the National District Fire Department, the Scientific Police and the Security Department of the Ministry of Health, concurred there were no criminal hands involved.

The fire affected the wiring connections. The Ministry says there was no damage to the data nor to physical documents.

The Ministry confirmed that after Health Minister Plutarco Arias tested positive for Covid-19, of 724 tests, 37 other people tested positive. He said this is 5.1%, below the 4 weeks nationwide testing average of 11.65%. Most of those infected worked in the High-Cost Drug Division of the Ministry of Public Health. Of 40 tests, 35 people tested positive.

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29 October 2020