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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

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¿Cómo será la movilización durante una cuarentena total en Panamá?

Si se decreta una cuarentena total las personas podrán salir de su casa a comprar alimentos y medicamentos de acuerdo al último número de cédula

Por Ismael Gordón Guerrel

Cuaretena 5-6
Movilización para los números de cédulas que terminan en 5 a 6.Cedida

Juan Pino, ministro de Seguridad, explicó como será la movilización de darse una cuarentena total.

Cuaretena 7-9
Movilización para los números de cédulas que terminan en 7 a 9.Cedida

Si se decreta una cuarentena total las personas podrán salir de su casa a comprar alimentos y medicamentos de acuerdo al último número de cédula.

Las personas podrán estar en circulación por dos horas, desde media hora antes y hasta media hora después, explicaron las autoridades.

Cuaretena 0-2
Movilización para los números de cédulas que terminan en 0 a 2.Cedida

Todos los adultos mayores de 60 años, sin importar su número de cédula podrán ir a realizar sus compras entre las 11:00 am y la 1:00 pm.

Cuaretena 3-4
Movilización para los números de cédulas que terminan en 3 a 4.Cedida
 

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What will the mobilization be like during a total quarantine in Panama?

If a total quarantine is decreed, people will be able to leave their home to buy food and medicine according to the last ID number.

By Ismael Gordón Guerrel
Updated 03/22/2020 19:07

<<Quarantine 5-6>>
Mobilization for ID numbers ending in 5 to 6.

The Government of Panama already has a plan for a possible total quarantine as a way to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Juan Pino, Minister of Security, explained how the mobilization will be for a total quarantine.

<<Quarantine 7-9>>
Mobilization for ID numbers ending in 7 to 9. Issue

If a total quarantine is decreed, people will be able to leave their home to buy food and medicine according to the last ID number.

People may be in circulation for two hours, from half an hour before and up to half an hour later, authorities said.

<<Quarantine 0-2>>
Mobilization for ID numbers ending in 0 to 2. Issue

All adults over 60 years old, regardless of their ID number, will be able to go shopping between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

<<Quarantine 3-4>>
Mobilization for ID numbers ending in 3-4.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200322/sera-movilizacion-cuarentena-total-panama

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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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To:
Sent: 3/23/2020 8:57:19 AM
Subject: Alert: Three humanitarian flights to Houson operated by United will depart from Tocumen International Airport March 23 and 24, 2020
 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 22, 2020)

 

Location:  Panama

 

Event: Three humanitarian flights to Houston operated by United will depart from Tocumen International Airport March 23 and 24, 2020.

The U.S. Embassy in Panama City has been informed that United Airlines will operate the following humanitarian flights, which will depart from Tocumen International Airport and go to Houston, Texas. Please contact United Airlines directly for seat availability and reservations.

UA Flt #

Eqp

Origin

Depart

Dest

Arrival

Eff Date

1856

737-800

PTY

1225

IAH

1639

23-Mar

1033

737-800

PTY

1455

IAH

1909

23-Mar

1856

737-800

PTY

1225

IAH

1639

24-Mar

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

 

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.

 

Actions to Take:

 

 

Assistance: 

 

  • U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue

      Clayton, Panama

+507 317-5000

      Panama-ACS@state.gov

      https://pa.usembassy.gov/

 

  • State Department - Consular Affairs

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

 

 

 

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Sent: 3/23/2020 3:08:19 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 23, 2020)
 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 23, 2020)

 

Location:  Panama

 

EventNationwide Movement Restrictions

 

The Embassy received notice that Panama may enact nationwide movement restrictions at some point in the near future.  As of now, the movement restrictions are not in effect, and we do not know when it will happen.  However, it could be at any time.  We are working to get more information

 

The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to grocery shop, get medicines, and take care of other critical activities based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  For U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula, they should carry their passports at all times and only/only move for grocery-meds shopping.  As movement restriction information becomes clearer, the Embassy will provide additional guidance and updates for the U.S. citizen community.

 

Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time.

 

On March 22, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 313 cases of COVID-19.

 

On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days.

 

March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

 

Effective March 18, the government of Panama has announced there will be an indefinite nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

 

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama.

 

The government of Panama has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Panama has barred admission to individuals who are not citizens or residents.  All incoming travelers are subject to a mandatory 14-day in-home quarantine.  Transiting travelers who do not leave the airport are being permitted to continue their journeys.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.

 

The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

 

Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

 

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.

 

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

 

Actions to Take:

 

 

Assistance: 

  • U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue

Clayton, Panama

+507 317-5000

Panama-ACS@state.gov

https://pa.usembassy.gov/

 

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To:
Sent: 3/23/2020 7:04:05 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 23, 2020)
 

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 23, 2020)

 

Location:  Panama

 

Event:  Expansion of Nationwide Curfew Hours

 

Effective Tuesday, March 24, The Government of Panama will expand a nationwide curfew from the current times of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 

  

Decree 504 establishes that people who break  health regulations and quarantines will receive fines between $50,000 to $100,000, and this includes sending files to penal authorities in order to protect the population.

 

The Embassy received notice that Panama may enact nationwide movement restrictions at some point in the near future.  As of now, the movement restrictions are not in effect, and we do not know when it will happen.  However, it could be at any time.  We are working to get more information

 

The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to grocery shop, get medicines, and take care of other critical activities based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  For U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula, they should carry their passports at all times and only/only move for grocery-meds shopping.  As movement restriction information becomes clearer, the Embassy will provide additional guidance and updates for the U.S. citizen community.

 

Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time.

 

On March 23, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 345 cases of COVID-19.

 

On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days.

 

March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

  

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama.

 

The government of Panama has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Panama has barred admission to individuals who are not citizens or residents.  All incoming travelers are subject to a mandatory 14-day in-home quarantine.  Transiting travelers who do not leave the airport are being permitted to continue their journeys.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.

 

The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

 

Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

 U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.

 

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

 

Actions to Take:

 

·     Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

·     For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

·     Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest information.

·     Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Panama.

·     Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

 

Assistance: 

·     U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue

Clayton, Panama

+507 317-5000

Panama-ACS@state.gov

https://pa.usembassy.gov/

·     State Department – Consular Affairs

·     +1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444

·     Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.

·     Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

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CSS recibe donación de mascarillas e insumos de limpieza

Mariángeles Muñoz •

La Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) recibió este lunes una donación de mascarillas e insumos de limpieza, de parte de la Embajada de la República Popular China en Panamá y empresas de esa nación.

 

 

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CSS receives donation of masks and cleaning supplies

Mariángeles Muñoz • 23 Mar 2020 - 08:32 PM

The Social Security Fund (CSS) received a donation of masks and cleaning supplies on Monday from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Panama and companies from that nation.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/las-buenas-noticias/2020/03/24/css-recibe-donacion-de-mascarillas-e-insumos-de-limpieza/2708436.html

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Gobierno amplía toque de queda a 12 horas

La prohibición para circular en todo el país rige desde las 5:00 p.m. y hasta las 5:00 a.m. Ya suman 345 casos confirmados, incluidas 6 defunciones.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
24 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/gobierno-amplia-toque-de-queda-a-12-horas/

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‘La pandemia se está acelerando’: OMS

En Panamá, suman más de 300 casos en 15 días. Las autoridades siguen practicando pruebas de diagnóstico.
 
 Aleida Samaniego C.
24 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM
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Panamá extrema medidas por el Covid-19

Nuevo horario de toque de queda empieza a regir. Los pacientes positivos por Covid-19 serán aislados en hoteles, pero con el control de las autoridades de Salud

Por Ismael Gordón Guerrel

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Una persona camina por la ciudad de Panamá en medio de cierre de empresas por el Covid-19.Larish Julio | La Estrella de Panamá

Las autoridades de Salud de Panamá tomaron nuevas medidas por la pandemia del Covid- 19, que ha llegado a contagiar 345 personas y ha cobrado la vida de seis panameños.

Panamá mantiene a 292 personas en aislamientos domiciliario, 33 están hospitalizados en sala y 14 en cuidados intensivos.

El director de la Caja de Seguro Social, Enrique Lau, anunció que hay 13 enfermeras y 57 médicos en aislamiento domiciliario, porque estuvieron expuestos directamente a pacientes con coronavirus.

Juan M. Pascale, director del Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud, detalló que se tienen 30 genomas del Covid-19 en Panamá y se están contemplando muchos más. “Tenemos closter nacionales y sabemos que tenemos múltiples orígenes. No solo un origen. Estados Unidos, Italia, España y tenemos closter de mutaciones que se han originado aquí (en Panamá). Eso ha sido por el análisis de todo estas sepas”, manifestó el jefe del Instituto.

A partir de la hoy, a las 5:00 p.m. iniciará el toque de queda en todo el territorio nacional. EL ministro de Seguridad, Juan Pino, detalló que entre estos días, se detuvieron 924 personas, de las que 98 eran menores de edad. Del número total, se impusieron 429 multas, 335 detenciones preventivas, 48 amonestaciones verbales y 250 citaciones.

Gerardo Alfaro, representantes de la Organización Mundial de la Salud en Panamá explicó que si de las 924 personas detenidas, en los toques de queda, el 10% estuvieran contagiadas en menos de una semana generarían 300 casos. Y esos 300 casos generarían mil casos. A esa velocidad se transmite este virus y Panamá tiene riesgos especiales y particular por ser el Hub de las Américas, hay mucha exposición a transito internacional, agregó.

Los funcionarios solo laborarán desde la 8:00 a.m. hasta el medio día.

Así mismo se informó que el Ministerio de Salud procederá aplicar, multas a todas las personas natural o extranjera, que incumpla con las normas y medidas sanitarias establecidas por el Gobierno. Las sanciones oscilarán entre los $50 mil y los $10 mil.

El Decreto Ejecutivo emitido ayer, contempla medidas sanitarias a los casos positivo por el Covid-19, es decir, que a partir de la fecha el Minsa tiene además la facultad de ubicar a las personas positivas con Covid-19 para alojarlas en sitios específicos, aislados y bajo vigilancia del equipo médico.

El Decreto establece que las personas que se encuentre en el territorio nacional, tiene la obligación de cumplir las medidas sanitarias indicadas por el Ministerio de Salud en materia de cuarentena o aislamiento, según sea el caso.

En el momento en que el Minsa determine que una persona con diagnostico de casis sospechoso del Covid-19, la misma queda obligada a mantener un distanciamiento social por un periodo de 14 días mínimo, que podrá extenderse, según dictamine el médico.

El periodo de cuarentena se inicia desde el momento en que el paciente es considerado como caso sospechoso.

Cuando el paciente es diagnosticado con Covid-19, el Minsa, le ordenará una medida de aislamiento social por el período que estime conveniente, según los protocolos.

El paciente quedará en su domicilio separado del resto de la familia, en un hotel o lugar determinado por las autoridades de Salud. Además, firmar una declaración de cumplimiento de las medidas sanitarias de alejamiento en una instalación adecuada a la normativa establecida por el Ministerio de Salud, para los proceso de aislamiento ante la Autoridades de Sanidad. De no querer firmar la misma, esta será firmada por dos testigos e igual queda obligada a mantenerse en el lugar indicado.

También deberá ka confidencialidad del lugar donde se encuentre, en caso de que no se trate de su domicilio.

Las instalaciones de salud podrán realizar pruebas de PCR a la persona postiva a Covid-19. De resultar negativas, se procederá incluir en el período de aislamiento y el Ministerio de Salud debe declararlo recuperado.

Los hoteles o lugares de alojamiento de pacientes confirmados positivos por Covid-19, deben cumplir con el protocolo para la atención en instalaciones hoteleras de pacientes con Covid-19.

 

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Panama extreme measures by the Covid-19

New curfew hours are in effect. Covid-19 positive patients will be isolated in hotels, but with the control of the Health authorities

By Ismael Gordón Guerrel
Updated 03/24/2020 06:00

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A person walks through Panama City amidst business closings on the Covid-19.Larish Julio | The Panama Star

The Panamanian Health authorities took new measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has spread to 345 people and has killed six Panamanians.

Panama maintains 292 people in home isolation, 33 are hospitalized in the ward and 14 are in intensive care.

The director of the Social Security Fund, Enrique Lau, announced that there are 13 nurses and 57 doctors in home isolation, because they were directly exposed to patients with coronavirus.

Juan M. Pascale, director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, explained that there are 30 Covid-19 genomes in Panama and many more are being considered. "We have national closters and we know we have multiple origins. Not just an origin. United States, Italy, Spain and we have closters of mutations that have originated here (in Panama). This has been due to the analysis of all these knowledge, "said the head of the Institute.

Starting today, at 5:00 p.m. The curfew will begin throughout the national territory. The Security Minister, Juan Pino, explained that between these days, 924 people were arrested, of whom 98 were minors. Of the total number, 429 fines, 335 preventive detentions, 48 verbal reprimands and 250 citations were imposed.

Gerardo Alfaro, representatives of the World Health Organization in Panama explained that if of the 924 people detained, in the curfews, 10% were infected in less than a week, they would generate 300 cases. And those 300 cases would generate a thousand cases. At this speed, this virus is transmitted and Panama has special risks, and particularly because it is the Hub of the Americas, there is a lot of exposure to international traffic, he added.

Officials will only work from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Likewise, it was reported that the Ministry of Health will proceed to apply fines to all natural or foreign persons, that does not comply with the sanitary norms and measures established by the Government. Penalties will range from $ 50,000 to $ 10,000.

The Executive Decree issued yesterday contemplates sanitary measures for positive cases by Covid-19, that is to say, as of the date the Minsa also has the power to locate positive people with Covid-19 to lodge them in specific places, isolated and under the supervision of the medical team.

The Decree establishes that people who are in the national territory have the obligation to comply with the sanitary measures indicated by the Ministry of Health regarding quarantine or isolation, as the case may be.

At the moment in which the Minsa determines that a person diagnosed with a suspicious Cassis of Covid-19, the same is obliged to maintain a social distancing for a minimum period of 14 days, which may be extended, as determined by the doctor.

The quarantine period starts from the moment the patient is considered a suspicious case.

When the patient is diagnosed with Covid-19, the Minsa will order a measure of social isolation for the period it deems appropriate, according to the protocols.

The patient will be at home separated from the rest of the family, in a hotel or place determined by the Health authorities. In addition, sign a declaration of compliance with the sanitary withdrawal measures in a facility appropriate to the regulations established by the Ministry of Health, for the isolation process before the Health Authorities. If you do not want to sign it, it will be signed by two witnesses and you are still obliged to stay in the right place.

You must also confidentiality of the place where you are, in case it is not your address.

The health facilities will be able to carry out PCR tests on the person positive to Covid-19. If they are negative, it will be included in the period of isolation and the Ministry of Health must declare it recovered.

Hotels or places of accommodation of patients confirmed positive by Covid-19, must comply with the protocol for care in hotel facilities for patients with Covid-19.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200324/panama-extrema-medidas-covid-19

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Coronavirus outbreak: Canada pulls out of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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3/23/2020 5:48:44 AM

MENAFN - NewsBytes) Canada has become the first nation to pull out of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

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https://menafn.com/1099897688/Coronavirus-outbreak-Canada-pulls-out-of-Tokyo-2020-Olympics?src=NLEN

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Multas de hasta 100 mil dólares por violar aislamiento

 Alex E. Hernández  /  Urania Cecilia Molina 
24 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/multas-de-hasta-100-mil-dolares-por-violar-aislamiento/

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Above postings related to the extended curfew hours of 5:00PM to 5:00AM are based on Executive Decree No. 505, dated March 23rd, 2020.

Here is that Executive Decree as published in the Gaceta Oficial (Official Gazette of the Republic of Panama).

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Child 12 and man 92 raise coronavirus deaths to five

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Posted 23/03/2020

Two new deaths due to coronavirus were announced by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) early Monday morning bringing the total of fatalities in Panama to five.

The victims are a minor of 12, who died in the Pediatric Specialties Hospital of the Social Security Fund (CSS), and a 92-year-old man who was being treated  in the Nelson Collado Hospital in Herrera.

The Ministry  reported, the deaths after the Gorgas Memorial Institute carried out the rigorous examinations and it was confirmed  that the deaths were the result of respiratory complications due to Covid-19
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/child-12-and-man-92-raise-coronavirus-deaths-to-five-1

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1,092 arrests for curfew violations

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Posted 23/03/2020

1,062 people were detained by the National Police in the three days up to  Sunday, March 22  for flouting the  9 pm to 5 am curfew decreed by the Government to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. 98 of the detainees  were  minors

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/1092-arrests-for-curfew-violations

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National curfew extended  5 pm-5 am

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Over 1000 people disobeyed the original decree and were arrested

Posted 23/03/2020

The countrywide  9 pm to 5 am curfew in Panama has  been  extended  and will  operate  5:00 pm to 5:00 am from Tuesday, March 24

Ministry of Health and Social Security Fund administrative personnel. the Panama Fire Department, hospitals, healthcare facilities, medical and veterinary laboratories  as well as pharmaceutical industries, drugstore pharmacies and companies dedicated to the production of disinfectants and hygiene products, are excepted

 Likewise, the curfew does not apply to personnel of gas stations, cargo industry (air, sea, and land) public transport, supermarkets, self-service restaurants, security companies, banks, the food, and agriculture industry, telecommunications, and the media.

The rest of the population will face sanctions, for failing to comply with the decree.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/national-curfew-extended-5-pm-5-am-1

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This is a follow-on to my earlier post about the potential consequences of economic hardship caused by the lockdown measures. Yesterday a food market looting attempt was recorded in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Panama province.

My loose translation of the news item:

People are spiraling out of control. They attempted to loot a mini-super in Santa Marta. They were arrested.

In the midst of the national health crisis due to the coronavirus in Panama, several individuals entered a mini-super located in the Santa Marta sector of the San Miguelito district, in a group, supposedly in a looting attempt.

The National Police was alerted and reacted promptly and managed to capture the alleged perpetrators committing the crime.

The criminal act was thwarted and the subjects were transferred to the Santa Marta barracks.

The police confirmed that they captured eight people in the flagrant crime within the mini-supermarket.

Here is the link to the article:

https://www.midiario.com/policiales/la-gente-se-esta-saliendo-de-control-ingresaron-a-saquear-minisuper-en-santa-marta-los-capturan/

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Sent: 3/24/2020 8:51:37 AM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 24, 2020)
 

Location:  Panama

 

Event:  Expansion of Nationwide Curfew Hours

 

Effective Tuesday, March 24, The Government of Panama will expand a nationwide curfew from the current times of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

 

Decree 504 establishes that people who break  health regulations and quarantines will receive fines between $50,000 to $100,000, and this includes sending files to penal authorities in order to protect the population.

The Embassy received notice that Panama may enact nationwide movement restrictions at some point in the near future.  As of now, the movement restrictions are not in effect, and we do not know when it will happen.  However, it could be at any time.  We are working to get more information

The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to grocery shop, get medicines, and take care of other critical activities based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  For U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula, they should carry their passports at all times and only/only move for grocery-meds shopping.  As movement restriction information becomes clearer, the Embassy will provide additional guidance and updates for the U.S. citizen community.

Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time.

On March 23, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 345 cases of COVID-19.

On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days.

March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama.

The government of Panama has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Panama has barred admission to individuals who are not citizens or residents.  All incoming travelers are subject to a mandatory 14-day in-home quarantine.  Transiting travelers who do not leave the airport are being permitted to continue their journeys.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.

 

The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

 

Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

 

 U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

Actions to Take:

Assistance: 

 

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My handyman and I just went to Ivan's to buy some plumbing parts and were surprised to find both the grocery store and the hardware store closed before 3 PM today (Tuesday). My handyman just called Ivan who told them he closed today and doesn't know when he will re-open because people were saying they got the virus in his store. This is ironic because the employees of Ivan were the first ones to put on gloves and masks and wall off the cashier with heavy plastic.

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Panamá decreta cuarentena total por coronavirus

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Linda Batista

El Gobierno de la República de Panamá decretó cuarentena total obligatoria como medida de prevención por la pandemia de coronavirus.

“El equipo de salud ha tomado la decisión y la estamos ejecutando en este momento que a partir de mañana miércoles a la 5:01 de la mañana se ampliará la cuarentena a 24 horas”, dijo el presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo.

Los ciudadanos podrá circular únicamente para abastecerse de alimentos y medicamentos. La movilidad de los panameños y extranjeros residentes, dependerá del último número de cédula de identificación personal o de pasaporte.

HORARIO DE SALIDA POR PERSONA:

  • Si la cédula termina en 7 (siete) puede salir a las 7:00 a.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 8 (ocho) puede salir a las 8:00 a.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 9 (nueve) puede salir a las 9:00 a.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 0 (cero) puede salir a las 10:00 a.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 1 (uno) puede salir a las 1:00 p.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 2 (dos) puede salir a las 2:00 p.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 3 (tres) puede salir a las 3:00 p.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 4 (cuatro) puede salir a las 4:00 p.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 5 (cinco) puede salir a las 5:00 p.m.
  • Si la cédula termina en 6 (seis) puede salir a las 6:00 p.m.

Todos los adultos mayores de 60 años de edad, sin importar su número de cédula, podrán ir a realizar sus compras entre las 11:00 a.m. y la 1:00 p.m.

Las autoridades indicaron que se le permitirá a cada ciudadano salir 30 minutos antes de la hora que le corresponde y llegar a su residencia 30 minutos después, es decir cada persona tiene una hora de movilidad, más una hora adicional.

La Superintendencia de Bancos de Panamá informó que los bancos se mantendrán abiertos, y deberán adoptar las medidas para garantizar servicios y atención oportuna.

 

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The Government of the Republic of Panama decreed mandatory total quarantine as a preventive measure for the coronavirus pandemic.

"The health team has made the decision and we are executing it at this time, which will extend the quarantine to 24 hours starting tomorrow, Wednesday at 5:01 am," said the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo.

Citizens may circulate only to stock up on food and medicine. The mobility of Panamanians and resident foreigners will depend on the last number of personal identification card or passport.

DEPARTURE TIME PER PERSON:

  • If the ID ends at 7 (seven) you can leave at 7:00 a.m.
  • If the ID ends at 8 (eight) you can leave at 8:00 a.m.
  • If the ID ends at 9 (nine) you can leave at 9:00 a.m.
  • If the ID ends at 0 (zero), you can leave at 10:00 a.m.
  • If the ID ends at 1 (one) you can leave at 1:00 p.m.
  • If the ID ends at 2 (two), you can leave at 2:00 p.m.
  • If the ID ends at 3 (three), you can leave at 3:00 p.m.
  • If the ID ends at 4 (four), you can leave at 4:00 p.m.
  • If the ID ends at 5 (five) you can leave at 5:00 p.m.
  • If the ID ends at 6 (six) you can leave at 6:00 p.m.

All adults over 60 years of age, regardless of their ID number, will be able to go shopping between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The authorities indicated that each citizen will be allowed to leave 30 minutes before their corresponding time and arrive at their residence 30 minutes later, that is, each person has one hour of mobility, plus an additional hour.

The Superintendency of Banks of Panama reported that banks will remain open, and must adopt measures to guarantee timely services and attention.

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/03/24/panama-decreta-cuarentena-total-por-coronavirus/2706400.html

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This is not legal advice. Just commenting here.

Residents without cédulas apparently now MUST carry their passports. All news articles I am seeing do not mention carnets or jubilado cards as acceptable forms of identification. Also do not know if a copy of a passport will suffice. Logic says one thing, but in times of uncertainty who really knows.

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En Tierras Altas fumigan vehículos para evitar contagio del coronavirus

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Las autoridades sanitarias implementaron este martes la fumigación de los vehículos que ingresen al distrito de Tierras Altas y pruebas de tamizajes a todos los visitantes que ingresen a este sector como medida de mitigación del COVID-19.

 

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In the Highlands they spray vehicles to avoid contagion of the coronavirus

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The health authorities implemented on Tuesday the fumigation of vehicles entering the Highlands district and screening tests to all visitors entering this sector as a mitigation measure of COVID-19.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/03/24/en-tierras-altas-fumigan-vehiculos-para-evitar-contagio-del-coronavirus/2710982.html

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El príncipe Carlos da positivo en COVID-19

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El hijo de Isabel II permanece en cuarentena en Balmoral (Escocia)

 El príncipe Carlos, heredero de la corona británica, ha dado positivo en COVID-19, pero se encuentra bien, informó este miércoles su residencia oficial de Clarence House.

El príncipe de Gales, de 71 años, presenta síntomas leves y, "por lo demás, está con buena salud", y su mujer, la duquesa de Cornualles, de 72, ha dado negativo.

El hijo de Isabel II permanece en cuarentena en Balmoral (Escocia), mientras que su madre, jefa de Estado, está en el castillo de Windsor, a las afueras de Londres.

El heredero de la corona "ha manifestado algunos síntomas leves pero, por lo demás, está con buena salud y ha estado trabajando desde casa en los últimos días", se añade en la nota oficial.

"La duquesa de Cornualles -prosiguió la fuente- también ha sido sometida a la prueba pero no tiene el virus. Siguiendo la recomendación médica y del Gobierno, el príncipe y la duquesa están ahora aislados en su casa en Escocia".

Los dos hacen la cuarentena en su residencia escocesa de Birkhall, ubicada dentro de los terrenos del castillo de Balmoral.

Las pruebas fueron hechas por el Servicio Nacional de Salud (NHS, en inglés) en Aberdeenshire (Escocia), indicó Clarence House, que precisó que es difícil saber dónde se contagió Carlos debido a la cantidad de compromisos que ha tenido en las últimas semanas.

La reina, de 93 años, se trasladó la semana pasada desde el palacio de Buckingham (Londres) a Windsor, su residencia de fin de semana, como medida de precaución dada su avanzada edad.

El marido de la soberana, el duque de Edimburgo, de 98 años, también permanece en el castillo de Windsor. Ambos están bien y siguen el consejo de los médicos, según fuentes de la realeza.

El último compromiso público del príncipe Carlos fue el pasado 12 de marzo y estuvo en contacto con su madre ese mismo día.

 

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Prince Charles tests positive on COVID-19

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Elizabeth II's son remains in quarantine in Balmoral, Scotland

 Prince Charles, heir to the British crown, has tested positive for COVID-19, but he is doing well, his official residence at Clarence House reported Wednesday.

The 71-year-old Prince of Wales has mild symptoms and is "otherwise in good health," and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has tested negative.

Elizabeth II's son is quarantined in Balmoral, Scotland, while his mother, head of state, is in Windsor Castle, outside London.

The heir to the crown "has shown some mild symptoms but is otherwise in good health and has been working from home for the past few days," the official note added.

"The Duchess of Cornwall," the source continued, "has also been tested but does not have the virus. Following the government and medical recommendation, the prince and duchess are now isolated in their home in Scotland."

The two quarantine at their Scottish residence in Birkhall, located within the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

The tests were done by the National Health Service (NHS) in Aberdeenshire (Scotland), said Clarence House, who said it is difficult to know where Carlos was infected due to the number of commitments he has had in recent weeks.

The 93-year-old queen moved from Buckingham Palace (London) to Windsor, her weekend residence, last week as a precaution given her advanced age.

The sovereign's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, also remains in Windsor Castle. Both are fine and following the advice of doctors, according to royalty sources.

Prince Charles' last public engagement was on March 12 and he was in contact with his mother that same day.

 

http://elsiglo.com.pa/espectaculos/principe-carlos-positivo-covid-19/24153311

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Una medida que se veía venir; cuarentena total desde hoy

La negativa de la ciudadanía a acatar voluntariamente las recomendaciones del distanciamiento social llevó a las autoridades a endurecer los controles.
 
 Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo  
25 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/una-medida-que-se-veia-venir-cuarentena-total-desde-hoy/

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Cortizo decreta cuarentena total por coronavirus

El Minsa confirmó dos nuevos decesos, por lo que la cifra de víctimas aumenta a ocho. En las últimas 24 horas se detectaron 98 casos nuevos y el país ya cuenta con 443 personas afectadas por el virus

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El presidente Laurentino Cortizo durante el Consejo de Gabinete virtual.Presidencia

Desde las 5:01 a.m. de hoy miércoles empezó a regir la cuarentena total en el país. La medida fue anunciada ayer por el presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo, al mismo tiempo que el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) confirmó dos nuevas víctimas del coronavirus (Covid-19).

De la cuarentena se exceptúa a los trabajadores de toda la línea de producción de alimentos, supermercados, personal de salud, la fuerza pública, la seguridad privada, farmacias, bancos, medios de comunicación, entre otros.

Cortizo reiteró, durante su mensaje a la nación, lo que había adelantado el pasado lunes el ministro de Seguridad, Juan Manuel Pino, que las personas tendrán dos horas para movilizarse a comprar alimentos o medicamentos.

El horario de salida está determinado por el último número de la cédula, o pasaporte, en caso de los extranjeros residentes en el país.

Es decir, si la cédula termina en 8, la persona puede salir de su casa a las 7:30 para realizar su compra entre 8:00 y 9:00 a.m., y luego tiene otra media hora para regresar a su residencia.

La medida, dijo Cortizo, les permite a las personas realizar de manera ordenada sus diligencias, incluyendo ir al banco.

“Es una decisión que se ha tomado de acuerdo con la evidencia e información del equipo de salud”, recalcó el mandatario.

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Los locales cierran sus puertas temprano por la crisis.Roberto Barrios | La Estrella de Panamá

Cortizo también anunció que las personas que consumen menos de 300 kilovatios de energía eléctrica, que son alrededor de 700,000 clientes, tendrán una disminución del 50% en su tarifa. Las personas o pequeñas empresas que consumen entre 301 y 1,000 kilovatios tendrán un descuento del 30%.

Sin embargo, para este grupo que no puede pagar, habrá un periodo de gracia de tres meses.

Dijo que ni el agua ni internet serán cortados durante estos tres meses.

El presidente dijo que el presupuesto del Estado no es infinito, por lo que habló de “estirar los recursos” por estos meses que dure la crisis sanitaria.

Aseguró que se mantendrán todos los programas de transferencias condicionadas y subsidios que superan los $1,600 millones. En otras palabras, programas como 120 a los 65, Red de Oportunidades, Ángel Guardián, Fondo Solidario de Vivienda, así como la Beca Universal y el subsidio al tanque de gas de 25 libras.

“Se hará todo el esfuerzo de garantizar esos programas de transferencia de recursos condicionados y subsidios”, recalcó.

Cortizo pidió a la ciudadanía utilizar esos subsidios en lo necesario, como por ejemplo, comida y medicamentos.

También pidió a las personas que pueden pagar sus compromisos, como préstamos hipotecarios y servicios públicos, hacerlo porque es una manera de ser solidario.

Para las personas que no pueden recibir ingresos como consecuencia del coronavirus, no perderán su casa por dejar de pagar el préstamo, insistió el mandatario.

Plan solidario

El presidente indicó que el programa involucrará alrededor de un millón de personas y el objetivo es para comprar alimentos, medicamentos y gas.

Explicó que se pagará según tres aspectos: un vale, bolsa de comida y la cédula como tarjeta de débito, aprovechando su código de barra.

Sobre esta última modalidad, indicó que este martes se realizaron las primeras pruebas para implementar dicho sistema.

El pago será por familia y beneficiará a los trabajadores informales, como buhoneros.

Dijo que probablemente se empezará a pagar a finales de esta semana en ciertos sectores del país, como Colón y algunas áreas de Panamá.

La entrega de la ayuda será por residencia para evitar la aglomeración de las personas.

El mandatario también anunció la apertura de una cuenta en el Banco Nacional para donaciones, para alimentar el programa Panamá Solidario. Dijo que la cuenta será abierta con su donación y la del vicepresidente y ministro de la Presidencia, José Gabriel Carrizo.

El mandatario indicó que las donaciones pueden ser desde $5.00 hasta más de $5,000.

El Minsa confirmó dos nuevas víctimas mortales, por lo que ya suman ocho personas fallecidas por coronavirus. Hasta este martes se habían detectado 443 casos, de los cuales 64 se encuentran hospitalizados y de esta cifra 19 están en cuidados intensivos.

Las autoridades de Salud también confirmaron que en las últimas 24 horas se detectaron 98 casos nuevos.

 

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Cortizo decrees total quarantine for coronavirus

The Minsa confirmed two new deaths, so the number of victims increases to eight. In the last 24 hours, 98 new cases were detected and the country already has 443 people affected by the virus.

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From 5:01 a.m. Today Wednesday, the total quarantine in the country began to govern. The measure was announced yesterday by the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, at the same time that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed two new victims of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Quarantine exempts workers from the entire food production line, supermarkets, health personnel, the police, private security, pharmacies, banks, the media, among others.

Cortizo reiterated, during his message to the nation, what the Security Minister, Juan Manuel Pino, had said last Monday, that people will have two hours to mobilize to buy food or medicine.

The departure time is determined by the last number of the ID, or passport, in the case of foreigners residing in the country.

That is, if the ID ends at 8, the person can leave their home at 7:30 to make their purchase between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., and then they have another half hour to return to their residence.

The measure, Cortizo said, allows people to carry out their errands in an orderly manner, including going to the bank.

"It is a decision that has been made according to the evidence and information from the health team," stressed the president.

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Cortizo also announced that people who consume less than 300 kilowatts of electrical energy, which are around 700,000 customers, will have a 50% decrease in their rate. Individuals or small businesses that consume between 301 and 1,000 kilowatts will have a 30% discount.

However, for this group that cannot pay, there will be a three month grace period.

He said that neither the water nor the internet will be cut during these three months.

The president said that the state budget is not infinite, so he spoke of "stretching resources" for these months that the health crisis lasts.

He assured that all conditional transfer programs and subsidies that exceed $ 1.6 billion will be maintained. In other words, programs like 120 to 65, Red de Oportunidades, Guardian Angel, Housing Solidarity Fund, as well as the Universal Grant and the 25-pound gas tank subsidy.

"Every effort will be made to guarantee these conditional resource transfer programs and subsidies," he stressed.

Cortizo asked the citizens to use these subsidies as necessary, such as food and medicine.

He also asked people who can pay their commitments, such as home loans and utilities, to do so because it is a way of being supportive.

For people who cannot receive income as a result of the coronavirus, they will not lose their home to stop paying the loan, the president insisted.

Solidarity plan

The president indicated that the program will involve around a million people and the goal is to buy food, medicine and gas.

He explained that it will be paid according to three aspects: a voucher, food bag and the ID as a debit card, taking advantage of his bar code.

Regarding this last modality, he indicated that this Tuesday the first tests were carried out to implement said system.

Payment will be per family and will benefit informal workers such as peddlers.

He said that it will probably begin to pay later this week in certain sectors of the country, such as Colón and some areas of Panama.

The delivery of the aid will be by residence to avoid the crowding of people.

The president also announced the opening of an account at the National Bank for donations, to feed the Panama Solidarity program. He said that the account will be opened with his donation and that of the Vice President and Minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Carrizo.

The president indicated that donations can be from $ 5.00 to more than $ 5,000.

The Minsa confirmed two new fatalities, for which there are already eight people who died of coronavirus. As of this Tuesday, 443 cases had been detected, of which 64 are hospitalized and of this number 19 are in intensive care.

Health authorities also confirmed that 98 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200325/cortizo-decreta-cuarentena-total-coronavirus

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https://menafn.com/1099897688/Coronavirus-outbreak-Canada-pulls-out-of-Tokyo-2020-Olympics?src=NLEN

 

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially postponed until 2021

Jeremy Schaap discusses the agreement by IOC president Thomas Bach and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak. (1:22)

Never before had the Olympic Games been postponed or canceled for something other than war, but rarely has the world come to a grinding halt the way it has over the novel coronavirus.

What felt like the last major sporting event untouched by the current strain of the coronavirus -- known formally as COVID-19 -- the 2020 Olympics served as a glimmer of hope for the entire globe. But on Tuesday, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by about one year.

The opening ceremony had been planned for July 24.

Despite the postponement, the Summer Olympics -- when they eventually happen -- will still be called the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Olympic flame will also remain stored and displayed in Fukushima.

"[T]he IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games ... must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community," said a joint statement by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the IOC.

According to the statement, the World Health Organization had consulted with both parties on Tuesday about what it called the "accelerating" pandemic. There are now more than 390,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 17,000 deaths. Nearly every country has been impacted.

The decision comes less than 48 hours after the IOC said it was giving itself four weeks to make a decision about the Olympics. As the coronavirus continued to spread in recent weeks, Bach and members of Japan's government insisted the Games could go forward. Sunday's statement was the first on-the-record acknowledgement that a postponement could actually happen.

Pressure from nations and athletes alike mounted in recent days, and most recently, Canada said it would not send representatives to the Olympics without a delay. Australia later joined in that decision.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent a survey over the weekend to more than 4,000 American Olympics hopefuls, and nearly seven in 10 respondents said they didn't think the Games would be fair if held in July. Germany and Poland had also called for the Games to be delayed.

"Despite the feeling of eventuality that so many of us have felt in the lead up to this moment -- my heart breaks for you, your fellow athletes around the world, our friends at Tokyo 2020, the people of Japan, and all who are impacted by this global pandemic and the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games 2020," USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter to the athletes.

"We heard your concerns and we shared them. I thank you for being so forthcoming with your perspectives, and also for allowing us the time to hear from your teammates across all sports before making a recommendation to the IOC."

The Olympics had never been rescheduled for something other than war. In 1916, 1940 and 1944, the Games were canceled because of the world wars.

In addition to the impact on the athletes whose lives have now been upended by the decision, the financial impact will be staggering. The organizers of Tokyo 2020 estimated the cost to be roughly $12.6 billion, while other experts have put that figure closer to $25 billion. The delay will also impact the billions spent by sponsors and broadcasters.

The IOC and Tokyo organizers said they hope the decision to postpone will help the world heal from the pandemic.

"The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present," the IOC statement said.

 

https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/28946033/tokyo-olympics-officially-postponed-2021

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35  cruise ships cancelations destroy rosy  Canal projections

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Posted 24/03/2020

The 2019-2020 cruise season for the Panama Canal, forecast to be the best in years, with a 10% increase in the number of transits has seen a raft of cancelations caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the near-collapse of the cruise industry.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) received 35 cruise cancellations that were to transit during February and in the first days of April.

Among the cancellations are those of the shipping companies Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line, whose ships Zuiderdam and Norwegian Star, were to transit in March.

Of the 258 cruises expected for the 2019 season, 209 managed to pass through the Canal, before the coronavirus crisis.

For the current season, which started in October 2019, about 29 were classified in the neo-Panamax category, such as the Norwegian Bliss ship, the largest of its kind to travel the interoceanic route, with capacity for 5,000 passengers, in addition to Norwegian Joy, which can carry 3,883 passengers.

Caribbean Princess, Emerald Princess, Ventura, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, and Disney Wonder are other Neopanamax cruises that were enrolled in the cruise season.

The interest of cruise lines to include transits through the Canal in their itinerary has grown in recent years and was expected to increase more with the completion of the once the cruise terminal that is being built on Perico Island, in the Amador Causeway.

International media have reported that Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam, which carries  1,243 passengers and 586 crew, is awaiting authorization from the Canal administration to carry out an emergency transit

The ship which set sail from Argentina on March 7, has reported that at least 13 passengers and 29 crew have reported symptoms of influenza, triggering the ship's emergency protocol ordering that all persons remain in their cabins. .

The vessel requested permission from the Chilean authorities to disembark passengers in the port of Punta Arenas, but the request was rejected, although it was allowed to pick up provisions in  Valparaíso. The shipping company has confirmed that it does not have tests on the ship to detect whether the cases correspond to the Covid-19 strain.

The shipping company has reported that it is awaiting authorization from the Panama Canal to make the transit and arrive on March 30 in Miami, United States.

If not authorized, the company said  it would take other actions, but did not detail what they would be.

According to the protocol implemented by the ACP, if a case of coronavirus were detected, the vessel would be quarantined and transit by the waterway would not be allowed.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/35-cruise-ships-cancelations-destroy-rosy-canal-projections

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