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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here
  • July 25th: Full weekend quarantine (lockdown) re-implemented for Panama; Click Here
  • July 27th: More restrictive mobility constraints including gender restrictions re-implemented, including Chiriqui Province; Click Here and Click Here
  • August 14th: Tocumen International Airport begins to open up to limited flights; Click Here
  • August 17th: Some "Block 3" businesses will be permitted to start operations; Click Here
  • September 14th: Relaxation of mobility constraints for all but three provinces; Chiriqui, Colon, and Bocas del Toro constraints continue; Click Here
  • September 28th: Restaurants and inns reopen providing they follow Minsa guidelines; Click Here
  • October 12th: Cinemas, swimming pools, and casinos allowed to reopen, and borders reopened; Click Here and Click Here

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Panama monitoring China coronavirus outbreak

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Posted 20/01/2020

Panama’s  Ministry of Health (Minsa) Department of Epidemiology is monitoring  the alert in China for the outbreak of the so-called "coronavirus."

Dr. Pablo González, in charge of international epidemiological surveillance in ports, airports and land borders said on Monday that given the possibility that these types of diseases are carried by travelers, they are monitoring the case of the virus whose initial outbreak was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

In a statement from Minsa, Dr. González recommends that the population maintain all sanitary measures, mainly handwashing and biosecurity measures in hospital centers.

"The virus can spread by inhaling small droplets expelled by an infected person when he coughs or sneezes, or possibly through contact with secretions on objects, for this reason, the Minsa recommends maintaining all sanitary measures mainly frequent handwashing", highlights the entity in its statement.

According to initial reports, China has reported over 300 new cases and the death of three people. In addition, infected people have been detected in Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

Preliminarily, international agencies have reported that several people with the virus were first treated with a diagnosis of pneumonia.

 

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Get used to the weekend lockdowns.  My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends. THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, satu

That is recklessly false.  Right now there are two cruise ships where all passengers are quarantined.  Given how rotovirus spreads in a cruise ship environment, those ships are not a good place to be,

All of these efforts might slow the spread of the virus, but I don't see how it's going to stop it.  You can definitely have the virus and not be showing any symptoms.  Screening at airports or other

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Wuhan virus first case in Americas as deah toll reaches 17

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Posted 22/01/2020

An epidemiological alert has been issued in Panama and countries of the  Americas after it was confirmed on  Tuesday that the new Wuhan virus, which has already left 17 dead in China and hundreds of people affected, has crossed the Pacific.

The confirmation came from the United States Disease Control Center (CDC), which reported that the first case was diagnosed in a 30-year-old man residing in Seatle, Washington State.

Wuhan, in China, was the epicenter of the outbreak that emerged in December 2019, with hundreds of recorded infections. The cause: a new coronavirus called 2019-nCov, which is transmitted between humans and causes respiratory diseases.

Confirmation of the first case in the United States (EU) arises after the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that member countries strengthen surveillance activities to detect any unusual event in the respiratory health of their population.

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Pablo González, in charge of the international epidemiological surveillance of ports, airports and land borders of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), recommended that the population maintain all sanitary measures, mainly hand washing, and in-hospital centers, Biosecurity

"People should remember that they are the first safety ring for any respiratory illness," Gonzalez said.

The WHO explained in a statement that coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause from the common cold to more serious diseases, such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In addition, he indicated that this new strain of coronavirus had not been identified before in humans.

The main symptoms of patients are fever, cough, shortness of breath, pneumonia and muscle pain.

 

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Temperature check for Air China Tocumen arrivals

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Posted 23/01/2020

Ministry of Health personnel of the ) took the temperatures of 20 Air China passengers who arrived in  Panama on  Thursday, January 23, on a  flight from Beijing, with a stopover in Houston, US.

“All passengers had a temperature below 35 degrees Celsius. That means that none of them have a feverish picture, ”said a ministry press release.

Passengers would also have taken the temperature in Beijing, before takeoff, and on the stopover in Houston, Texas.

There were  292 people on the flight  but only 20 stayed in Panama.

The temperature taking, with a digital thermometer, is part of the international protocol that will be used with each of the international flights that arrive in Panama with passengers from China, due to the outbreak of coronavirus that has killed 18 people and infected over 700.

Temperatures were also taken of passengers who arrived on flights from Europe.

 

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Health Ministry urges respiratory disease preventive steps

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Posted 25/01/2020

While Panama’s Chinese community celebrated Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 25  as cases of coronavirus continue to appear around the world, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has urged people to follow preventive measures for any type of respiratory disease.

Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze with tissues or with your forearm.

 Avoid close contact with anyone with the flu or cold symptoms.

Cook the meat and eggs well.

Use protection when having contact with live, wild or farm animals.

In China,  the coronavirus has so far caused 41 deaths and some  1500 people have been hospitalized while the government is building a massive new emergency center to deal with anticipated cases.

There have been reports of people affected by the virus. in Australia. France the United States. Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore 

 

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All Asian travelers under scrutiny in Panama

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Posted 26/01/2020

TRAVELERS arriving in Panama have to  complete  a  health survey  says the Ministry of Health (Minsa)

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced that it prepared a health survey for the traveler, which asks each of the people from Asian countries and whose destination is Panama. This form must be filled out mandatory.

In the statement, the Minsa requests that the name, ID/passport, nationality, age, sex, address in Panama, telephone, airline, and flight number.

After receiving the credentials, the Minsa asks if the traveler, in the last 15 days, has been in the countries that have reported with the new coronavirus.

In addition, it asks if the traveler has had any of the following symptoms in the last 48 hours: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or if he has been in contact with someone who has these symptoms in the last 15 days.

The declaration must bear the signature of the traveler and the date on which he enters the country. This signature states that "the traveler declares under the gravity of the oath that the information provided" is true and that he accepts that the false declaration will be considered a violation of the international health code of the Minsa, "the entity said in a statement.

The objective of the form is to identify potential travelers at risk of developing or developing the new coronavirus, so the following recommendations should be followed:

The new coronavirus that affected about 2,000 people in China and killed more than 50.

It appeared in Wuhan (center) last December. The virus is transmitted between humans and generates serious respiratory problems.

Meanwhile the United States announces that it will evacuate its citizens from the epicenter of the coronavirus

 

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Panama hospital readied  for suspected coronavirus cases

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Posted 27/01/2020

While no cases of coronavirus have been reported in Panama The San Miguel Arcángel Hospital has a room equipped to handle suspected cases of the new strain.

Health authorities reported that until Monday, January 27, there have been no cases of the disease in Panama and they claim that every person entering  Panama from Asia is being monitored daily. Constant communication with the airlines has also been maintained to detect passengers with suspicious symptoms. Panama has reinforced security measures at all points of entry into the country above the protocols suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO)

 

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Moderator comment: Basically Telemetro is reporting that MINSA is saying Panama “has not registered” any suspected cases of coronavirus in Panama (as of the time of publishing this article). MINSA remains vigilant and taking the appropriate steps regarding public health. There are some uncorroborated reports in social media of about 26 people being monitored.

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No se ha decretado una alerta en Panamá por el coronavirus, sin embargo el Ministerio de Salud se mantiene vigilante y toma las previsiones necesarias.

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Panama hospitals on coronavirus standby

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Posted 29/01/2020

A respiratory isolation room has been established at the Luis Chicho Fábrega Hospital in Veraguas, to deal with suspicious cases that might occur due to Coronavirus.

If the diagnosis is confirmed, they would be referred to the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital in the San Miguelito district of Panama. which already has an isolation treatment center on standby

Ricardo Chong, from the Ministry of Health, said that workshops will be scheduled to coordinate what would be the transfer of such patients to Panama.

The security protocol has been implemented in other hospitals and polyclinics of  the Ministy of Health (Minsa) and the Social Security Fund (CSS).

 

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More airlines isolate China as virus spreads

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Posted 29/01/2020

On the eve of a WHO meeting likely to announce a worldwide alert about the coronavirus outbreak airlines across the globe are following  BRITISH AIRWAYS canceling flights to China, where nearly 7,000 people are infected and nearly 200 have died.

IBERIA  has decided to temporarily suspend its flights to  Shanghai The suspension will take effect from this Friday, when the next flight was scheduled, and during the month of February." “Customers with tickets issued to fly on the route have been offered a refund or change of date. Iberia is contacting other airlines to find alternatives to customers who have to return to their place of origin.

LUFTHANSA : the German flag airline canceled all its flights with China on Wednesday. The Lufthansa Group operates around ten daily flights to and from the Asian giant.

AMERICAN AIRLINES : This airline reported that due to the decrease in demand for travel to and from China, American Airlines decided to suspend travel between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), as well as between LAX and Beijing In

On the eve of a WHO meeting likely to announce a worldwide alert about the coronavirus outbreak airlines across the globe are following  BRITISH AIRWAYS canceling flights to China, where nearly 7,000 people are infected and nearly 200 have died.

IBERIA  has decided to temporarily suspend its flights to  Shanghai The suspension will take effect from this Friday, when the next flight was scheduled, and during the month of February." “Customers with tickets issued to fly on the route have been offered a refund or change of date. Iberia is contacting other airlines to find alternatives to customers who have to return to their place of origin.

LUFTHANSA : the German flag airline canceled all its flights with China on Wednesday. The Lufthansa group operates around ten daily flights to and from the Asian giant.

AMERICAN AIRLINES : This airline reported that due to the decrease in demand for travel to and from China, American Airlines decided to suspend travel between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), as well as between LAX and Beijing International Airport (PEK) from February 9 to March 27.  they indicated that they will continue to fly to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport (DFW) . And that flights to Hong Kong will follow from both airports, Dallas and Los Angeles.

LION AIR: the Indonesian airline announced that it will suspend its flights to China from February 1. This company, which has the largest fleet in Southeast Asia, and its subsidiary Batik Air offer flights to 15 Chinese cities. One million Chinese tourists travel to Indonesia every year.

BURMA: Three airlines, Myanmar National Airlines, Air KBZ, and Myanmar Airways International, announced the suspension of their flights to China from February 1.

KAZAKHSTAN: The Kazakh authorities ordered on Wednesday the suspension of flights, bus traffic and trains bound for China.

UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES and SKYUP AIRLINES announced the suspension of all their flights to China until March 28.

AIR AUSTRAL suspended its flights between Reunion (French island in the Indian Ocean and Canton (China) from February 8 to March 1.

UNITED AIRLINES: The US company announced on Tuesday the suspension of some of its flights to Beijing, Shanghai and even Hong Kong between February 1 and 8. United States authorities recommended that their citizens not travel to China at this time.

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CATHAY PACIFIC: The airline, which has its main base in Hong Kong, said it will "gradually reduce" its flights to and from mainland China by at least 50%. This decision will take effect on Thursday and will be in effect until the end of March.

FINNAIR : the Finnish airline that multiplied its flights to Asia in recent years will suspend some but will keep its flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guanghzu.

AIR FRANCE: the French airline told AFP that at the moment it will not change its flight schedule. Like the other companies, Air France suspended its flights to Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, since January 24. But for now it will maintain its 10 weekly flights to Beijing and its 13 to Shanghai from Paris.

SAS: The Swedish airline that offers flights to Beijing and Shanghai once a week has not suspended its flights but says it is "following events closely."

ternational Airport (PEK) from February 9 to March 27.  they indicated that they will continue to fly to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport (DFW) . And that flights to Hong Kong will follow from both airports, Dallas and Los Angeles.

LION AIR: the Indonesian airline announced that it will suspend its flights to China from February 1. This company, which has the largest fleet in Southeast Asia, and its subsidiary Batik Air offer flights to 15 Chinese cities. One million Chinese tourists travel to Indonesia every year.

BURMA: Three airlines, Myanmar National Airlines, Air KBZ and Myanmar Airways International, announced the suspension of their flights to China from February 1.

KAZAKHSTAN: The Kazakh authorities ordered on Wednesday the suspension of flights, bus traffic and trains bound for China.

UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES and SKYUP AIRLINES announced the suspension of all their flights to China until March 28.

AIR AUSTRAL suspended its flights between Reunion (French island in the Indian Ocean and Canton (China) from February 8 to March 1.

UNITED AIRLINES: The US company announced on Tuesday the suspension of some of its flights to Beijing, Shanghai and even Hong Kong between February 1 and 8. United States authorities recommended that their citizens not travel to China at this time.

Travelers wear protective mouth and nose masks upon arrival at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. (Photo Cole Burston / AFP)

CATHAY PACIFIC: The airline, which has its main base in Hong Kong, said it will "gradually reduce" its flights to and from mainland China by at least 50%. This decision will take effect on Thursday and will be in effect until the end of March.

FINNAIR : the Finnish airline that multiplied its flights to Asia in recent years will suspend some but will keep its flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guanghzu.

AIR FRANCE: the French airline told AFP that at the moment it will not change its flight schedule. Like the other companies, Air France suspended its flights to Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, since January 24. But for now it will maintain its 10 weekly flights to Beijing and its 13 to Shanghai from Paris.

SAS: The Swedish airline that offers flights to Beijing and Shanghai once a week has not suspended its flights but says it is "following events closely."

 

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British Airwaya joins rush to suspend China flights

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Posted 29/01/2020

British Airways (BA)  on Wednesday, January  28 became the latest airline  to suspend or modify their flight programs due to the epidemic of the new coronavirus affecting  the Asian country.

BA  announced the immediate suspension of all its flights to mainland China. This decision was taken after the United Kingdom authorities recommended that their citizens avoid traveling to the Asian country. This is the first European airline that announces this type of measure. British Airways performs, in normal time, daily flights connecting London with Beijing and Shanghai.

LION AIR: the Indonesian airline announced that it will suspend its flights to China from February 1. This company, which has the largest fleet in Southeast Asia, and its subsidiary Batik Air offer flights to 15 Chinese cities. One million Chinese tourists travel to Indonesia every year.

THREE BURMA AIRLINES: Myanmar National Airlines, Air KBZ and Myanmar Airways International, the three Burmese companies with flights to China, announced the suspension of their flights to that country from February 1.
 
KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakh authorities ordered Wednesday the suspension of flights to China from February 3, according to a government statement that did not indicate how long this measure will last. The government also suspended bus and train traffic to China on Wednesday 
 
UNITED AIRLINES: The US company announced on Tuesday the suspension of some of its flights to Beijing, Shanghai and even Hong Kong on  February 1
 

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All of these efforts might slow the spread of the virus, but I don't see how it's going to stop it.  You can definitely have the virus and not be showing any symptoms.  Screening at airports or other transport hubs won't catch all the infected people.  There are people spreading the virus right now that have no idea they are doing so.  Could it be here in Panama now?  It's certainly possible and even if it's not, I think it's inevitable.

It's possible, and maybe even likely, that this virus isn't as deadly as it appears.  3% fatality rate seems very high, but nobody has a clue how many people actually have it.  Many cases appear to be mild  We need to watch the actual death count over the period of another month or so to get a better handle on the mortality rate. 

This will obviously get worse before it gets better, and the economic fallout is probably far worse than most of us realize.

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Panama allocates $1million to coronavirus “national emergency”

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Posted 30/01/2020

The Government has declared a state of national emergency due to the growing danger posed by the spread of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country, and assigned Ministry of Health  (Minsa) one million dollars as the initial budget to face the contingency.

The money, according to a Minsa press, is to cover the expenses involved in complying with international health protocols to cushion the risk of the outbreak, as well as the acquisition, by the Minsa and the Social Security Fund, of goods, works and services necessary to fight the virus while this emergency persists.

In addition, Minsa has reinforced sanitary measures at the country's borders, maintains the Health Emergency Operations Center and enabled an isolation room at the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital.

Lourdes Moreno, director of Epidemiology at Minsa, said that the room will be used to isolate suspicious cases.

Moreno said that in this room they will treat travelers identified through the monitoring system or screening at airports.

 

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Anti-virus operations at  Tocumen International

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Posted 31/01/2020

Tocumen International is complying with the protocols implemented by the Ministry of Health and has it activated a Contingency Cleaning Plan to reinforce prevention actions against the coronavirus which has infected over 8. 000 people and killed over 200 and spread to 17 countries.

All areas of terminal 1 and 2, in the internal sector, will receive special cleaning baths and cleaning in visitor parking, access ramps, areas and bathrooms of level 200 where the counters of the airlines, waiting room and bathrooms of level 300 will be redoubled.

The general management of the airport said that instructions to strictly comply with the measures have been given all cleaning staff and operational workers, will be wearing gloves and masks, and a team of inspectors will be in charge of supervision.

"In each bathroom, there will be a cleaning supervisor to tell passengers that they should wash their hands properly and anti-bacterial gels will be installed at each point of requirement," Similarly, through the Passenger Service staff, information and guidance are being provided to passengers.

The authorities of the Ministry of Health recommend to the population:

-Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.

-Wash your hands frequently, especially after direct contact with sick people or their surroundings.

-People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should keep distance. cover yourself when you cough and sneeze with tissues or clothes and wash your hands.

-Go to the nearest Health center.

 

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Panama is certainly taking the threat seriously.  Tocumen is obviously the gateway for the virus to enter Panama and travelers should treat everything they touch  there as a potential source of the virus.  I'm not sure where to buy hand sanitizer locally, but I don't think I will transit through Tocumen without some.

The fact that governments are taking unprecedented precautions should be a clue to each of us that this is not something to disregard.  It's more than a minimal threat.

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Panama is certainly taking the threat seriously.  Tocumen is obviously the gateway for the virus to enter Panama and travelers should treat everything they touch  there as a potential source of the virus.  I'm not sure where to buy hand sanitizer locally, but I don't think I will transit through Tocumen without some.

The fact that governments are taking unprecedented precautions should be a clue to each of us that this is not something to disregard.  It's more than a minimal threat.

On Thursday I arrived and departed through Tocumen and I can tell you that there are no visible precautions in place. Unless, perhaps, someone is actually arriving from China.

Hand sanitizer here? Everywhere.

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I, too, am getting the feeling that this coronavirus matter is much more serious than what is being talked about.

Marcelyn and I have booked a medical trip to Houston in the near future. We booked the flights from/to PTY to IAH on Air China. Our one prior experience with Air China was quite favorable, and their rates are better than other carriers.

We just now (one hour ago) got a cancellation notice from Air China. The inference is that Air China is temporarily suspending all flights into/out of Panama (and possibly other [selected] destinations around the world as well?).

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Coronavirus will not stop Panama Carnival celebrations

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Posted 01/02/2020

The new coronavirus, declared a health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) will not mean the cancellation of Carnivals in Panama says  Ministry of Health (Minsa)  head of Epidemiology), Lourdes Moreno.

 She said that  there are nearly three weeks to Carnival and the issue will be treated "in due course." There are 21 days left before the holiday begins. For now, "the country is not affected and we have no suspicious cases," she said.

Moreno said that the measures they are taking are correct and even go well beyond those recommended by the international organization.

She explained that the  WHO  declaration was made so that at the international level resources can be mobilized in all countries to support China and generate more robust logistics to try to achieve containment, as the Asian country has done very well.

Panamanian infectologists maintain that it is not necessary to cancel the Carnival. They recalled that when this party was suspended in 2000 due to an outbreak of hanta in the Azuero region, the cause and mechanism of contagion were unknown.

On the decision to suspend flights, the national head of Epidemiology clarified that the airports.there are no direct flights from China to Panama, and that people from that country, when they disembark in Panama, have had stopovers at other airports, therefore, when they arrive on Panamanian soil they have the third screening or sanitary revision that is had in

He added that people with symptoms are not coming out of the Asian country, and reviews are being carried out in each country.

Moreno said they are monitoring 176 passengers from China who entered Panama. "They are called daily to know if they have presented any symptoms," she said.

While Panama adopts measures to face possible cases and remain calm among the population, in China the number of infections and deaths is increasing.

Chinese health authorities reported yesterday that the balance of victims of the virus amounted to 262 people, with about 12,000 confirmed cases and about 110,000 people under observation.

 

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US travel restrictions go into place Sunday evening to combat coronavirus spread

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Panama steps up coronavirus surveillance as students return from China

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Posted 02/02/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced, on  Sunday, February 2, that they have intensified epidemiological surveillance due to the outbreak of coronavirus or 2019-nCoV and continues the monitoring of 288 people who have entered the country from affected areas.

Minister of Health, Rosario Turner,  at a Sunday press conference said that the 12 students who arrived in the country will be quarantined for 14 days -

the incubation period of the virus.  The same will happen with other citizens who come from cities in China with high contagion of the new virus.

Rosario reiterated that in Panama she has not registered any case of this disease, at the moment.

In China the death toll has surpassed that of the SARS epidemic

 

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I suspected that the Air China flight would be in jeopardy since it was mostly a Beijing/Houston connection, and Houston isn't a receiving airport for China as of today.

There are no direct flights from China into Tocumen, so that possibly helps a bit with  infected travelers who could be detected before arriving here.  But for the last few days, the number of reported infections is still growing at 20% per day.  It doesn't take too long at that rate, compounded daily, before it becomes a huge number. 

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