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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
  • October 24th: All quarantines lifted and curfews standardized across the country and relaxed to 11:00PM until 5:00AM; Click Here
  • December 25th: Total lockdown countrywide for Christmas and New Years; Click Here and Click Here
  • January 4th, 2021: Total lockdown countrywide until January 14th, 2021; Click Here
  • March 4th, 2021: Phase 2 of vaccinations against Covid-19 to start; Click Here

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El distanciamiento social podría seguir hasta 2022: Harvard

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21 abr 2020 - 12:00 AM
Esta es una de las conclusiones a las que arribó un estudio publicado en la revista Science, elaborado por científicos de la Universidad de Harvard, en Estados Unidos, quienes plantearon que probablemente el Covid-19 se convertirá en una enfermedad estacional.
 
Javier Nieto, infectólogo y miembro de la Comisión Asesora por Coronavirus del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa), señaló que en el país existe la posibilidad de relajar y endurecer el distanciamiento social con base al comportamiento epidemiológico. porque es la única forma de que los servicios de salud no sean desbordados.
 
Subrayó que este escenario se mantendría hasta tener una vacuna –que sabemos que no ocurrirá en los próximos 12-18 meses–, un medicamento con evidencia robusta contra el nuevo coronavirus o hasta que se logre la inmunidad de rebaño, la cual va a depender del número de personas expuestas a la enfermedad con las medidas de supresión (distanciamiento social con cuarentena), y esto es lo menos probable que ocurra.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-distanciamiento-social-podria-seguir-hasta-2022-harvard/

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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,

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

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Gorgas institute team plans COVID-19 antibody tests

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Posted 20/04/2020

An immunovirology team from the Gorgas Institute for Health Studies is working on the validation of antibody tests that will be applied to Health and Law enforcement personnel in the coming days.

The infectologist and member of the Advisory Commission for the Coronavirus of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) , Javier Nieto said that although rapid serological are promising, it is important to validate their usefulness, since having been exposed to the virus is not synonymous with being immune.

He said that after validation in Gorgas, the tests will be applied first to people who were in the first line of work and care, and then to the rest of the population.

By y performing the test, the percentage of asymptomatic people who may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 will be determined.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warned that until now scientific evidence has not shown that a person positive for the virus's antibodies develops immunity to COVID-19.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/gorgas-institute-team-plans-covid-19-antibody-tests

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75,000 university students start visual [sic] semester

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Posted 20/04/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic  forced Nearly 75,000 students who enrolled for the first semester 2020 of the University of Panama (UP),  to 19 to begin virtual classes ton  Monday, April 20., The rector Eduardo Flores Castro welcomed  students to the 2020  academic year on Twitter

"This has led us to reinvent ourselves to continue training quality professionals and the generation of knowledge that the nation will require in the near future," he stressed. The rector said that non-face-to-face pedagogical methods will be used at the moment for the training of students.

Meanwhile, he asked for the commitment of teachers and students to make the most of the academic opportunity.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/75000-university-students-start-visual-semester

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The official count of cases in Alto Boquete jumped from 4 to 14 yesterday (one recovered). Does anyone have any details (who/when/where/how)?  For those of us living up here, it might be good to know what to avoid if there is a source location. Thanks.

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New medical graduates urged to join virus battle

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The Ministry of Health (MINSA)  has called on newly graduated  medical professionals to accept jobs and join the fight against  the Coronavirus COVID-19

"The Ministry of Health calls on all these new young medical professionals to accept the positions that the State is offering to be part of this great work team. The Homeland needs them," said Vice Minister Luis Francisco Sucre. 

Sucre highlighted that "the different medical directors have been instructed to make a situational diagnosis of doctors over 60 years of age with high-risk morbidities, so that they can offer medical care through the virtual consulting room, from their houses or possibly some facility that is suitable so that they do not run the risk of being in direct contact with patients who could be Covid-19 positive. "
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/new-medical-graduates-urged-to-join-virus-battle-1

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International flight suspension extended to May 23

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The Civil Aeronautical Authority (AAC) of Panama has extended the suspension of commercial and passenger international flights to the country until May 23 but humanitarian missions will continue. The country’s airports have been closed since, March 23, as a sanitary measure due to the advance of COVID-19.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/international-flight-suspension-extended-to-may-23

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8 minutes ago, OrangeHoof said:

The official count of cases in Alto Boquete jumped from 4 to 14 yesterday (one recovered). Does anyone have any details (who/when/where/how)?  For those of us living up here, it might be good to know what to avoid if there is a source location. Thanks.

Could you provide a reference for your posting? E.g., a URL to a website, or a newspaper article with date and page, etc. We can then do more research.

Thanks for helping our community.

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Yes, I'm talking about the official MINSA map. I monitor Chiriqui daily. For the longest time, Alto Boquete had two cases, one home quarantined and one hospitalized. That went on for over two weeks. A few days ago, the numbers changed to four cases (three home quarantined and one recovered). Last night, I looked and there were now 13 home quarantined and one recovered.

http://minsa.gob.pa/coronavirus-covid19

I'm just asking if any knows further details. Thanks for asking and for providing info.

I can't do a screen grab but this what it says in the pop-up window when you click the red dot on the map for Alto Boquete:

 
 
 
 
Showing 1
Corregimientos: ALTO BOQUETE
Total de casos: 14
 

Recuperados: 1
Fallecidos: 0
Hospitalizados: 0
Aislamiento domiciliario: 13 
UCI:0 

 

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Mr. Orange,

I must be living on a different planet. When I "drill down into" the Minsa website that you reference, I do NOT see the information that you cite. I go to that website several times daily.

Time for more research on my part. If you have a suggestion (or 17?), please tell me what I am doing wrong.

Thank you for helping. This is important information to my way of thinking.

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City.

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Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 21, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 21, 2020) 

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report, and Reminders

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place.

 

On April 20, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 4,658 cases of COVID-19. 

 

MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.  Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows:  

 

·         Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  

·         Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday  

·         Sunday:  Everyone must stay home  

·         Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) 

 

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov. 

 

Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable.   

 

On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine.  The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 

 

·         Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 

·         Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 

·         Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 

·         Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am  

·         Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm  

·         Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm  

·         Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm  

·         Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm  

·         Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm  

·         Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm  

·         There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  

 

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

 

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

 

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 quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for the most up to date information on these measures.  

 

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.  

  

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 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice 

 

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

 

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-19for 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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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warned that until now scientific evidence has not shown that a person positive for the virus's antibodies develops immunity to COVID-19.

Humm...I sure wish I could trust them...the WHO.  

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We understand that there was some quarantine protest activity in David earlier today, Tuesday, April 21st. Here are some pictures sent to us by a community member. Exact location, timing, crowd size, outcome, etc., are unknown to us. If anyone has amplifying information, please post as a reply.

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I was a little surprised yesterday by an occurrence.  A local indigenous friend, was detained and threatened with a fine. He was male, the time he was out was within the allotted time according to his cedulla.   The reason evidently was the police asked him WHY he was out.  He was not near a grocery store, bank or pharmacy.     I feel a bit responsible.   I had made his family masks and wanted to deliver to him.   They were having trouble getting taxis to pick them up, I felt it was because they had no face masks.  The point being, even if you are out in the proper time frame, things can be confusing and scary. 

I think some of the problem is that the current rise in cases, mostly from one family in Alto Boquete, has people on edge.  But, I have also noticed some goofy behavior by folks, and as a microbiologist it drives me nuts.   One was an expat woman in line with me at Reviella pharmacy.  Rather than get in line at the back, she started at the front of the line and passed each on us carefully social distanced,  bumping into many of us.  She had a mask.....in her fingers twirling it around.   Saying "hello" to each of us within inches of our faces.  Most people in line at a pharmacy are there for a reason, someone they know needs medicine.  This is not a place to be gabbing.    Why I said nothing I still don't know.... It is the few who are acting like fools that keep us all locked down and the economy going to ruins.  I have had to take food to 7 families that are nearly starving.  This cannot go on much longer, so I do understand the police stopping my friend (who was out during his proper time) because he wasn't actively seeking groceries.   The faster people follow the guidelines the faster we can get back to some kind of new normal.

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As of late Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 - 4,821 infected, 141 deaths, 231 recoveries. 21,902 Covid-19 tests administered (4,821 positives, 350 control tests, 16,731negatives).

Note the new default display for the Minsa website.

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Specific to the Boquete area (thanks to our members for helping me figure out what I was doing wrong!).

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https://geosocial.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/2c6e932c690d467b85375af52b614472

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I was a little surprised yesterday by an occurrence.  A local indigenous friend, was detained and threatened with a fine. He was male, the time he was out was within the allotted time according to his cedulla.   The reason evidently was the police asked him WHY he was out.  He was not near a grocery store, bank or pharmacy.     I feel a bit responsible.   I had made his family masks and wanted to deliver to him.   They were having trouble getting taxis to pick them up, I felt it was because they had no face masks.  The point being, even if you are out in the proper time frame, things can be confusing and scary. 

I think some of the problem is that the current rise in cases, mostly from one family in Alto Boquete, has people on edge.  But, I have also noticed some goofy behavior by folks, and as a microbiologist it drives me nuts.   One was an expat woman in line with me at Reviella pharmacy.  Rather than get in line at the back, she started at the front of the line and passed each on us carefully social distanced,  bumping into many of us.  She had a mask.....in her fingers twirling it around.   Saying "hello" to each of us within inches of our faces.  Most people in line at a pharmacy are there for a reason, someone they know needs medicine.  This is not a place to be gabbing.    Why I said nothing I still don't know.... It is the few who are acting like fools that keep us all locked down and the economy going to ruins.  I have had to take food to 7 families that are nearly starving.  This cannot go on much longer, so I do understand the police stopping my friend (who was out during his proper time) because he wasn't actively seeking groceries.   The faster people follow the guidelines the faster we can get back to some kind of new normal.

WOW......Jo,...I bumped this entire thing because I feel this is so important at this point......................

I guess we are now at the point that we all need to step up and confront them one by one.  The Revieilla store  is not spacious.   When you have a group in line then it's a crowd...add the non-compliant mask on the finger twirler.  That behavior is just unacceptable.  The worst is, you do not want to start a heated argument as God only knows the quality of the air passing out of the unmasked person's lungs toward your face. .    I have no magic answer....I guess it's polite non confrontational correction one idiot at a time.  See something...say something sorta thing. 

Protests are happening all over Panama and as well other countries. That will make it worse.  Loud unmasked voices in a crowd....yeiks. 

Alison, the anal retentive nurse

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Copa plans to resume flights from June 1

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Posted 21/04/2020

Copa Airlines  will increase humanitarian flights between, between May 23 and 31  a first step towards  transporting passengers again from June 1

Copa has had its fleet of 102 planes parked at Tocumen International Airport since midnight on May 22, when Panama prohibited commercial and passenger flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tuesday, April 21 announcement is linked to the decision of the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) to extend the suspension of commercial aviation closed until May 23.

Copa Airlines reported that it hopes to increase humanitarian flights to facilitate the return of passengers to their countries of residence. Antonio Ducruet, president of the board of directors of the Tocumen, SA airport said that humanitarian flights will be the first step to resume operations at the country's main air terminal.

"There are many Panamanians who are stranded abroad who want to return to the country, many are students and we also have foreign doctors and nurses who want to return to their countries to help control the pandemic," said Ducruet.

Daily, in Tocumen, more than 350 air operations are carried out between takeoffs and landings, which generates a daily flow of 42 thousand people.

The company is in negotiation with five unions that represent  8,877  (61%) of its workers who reside in Panama  - to determine how the extension of the closure of operations will be managed.

The airline announced in early April that among the plans it would execute to reduce its operating costs would be the temporary suspension of labor contracts as allowed by a decree issued by the Ministry of Labor.

Due to COVID -19, Copa Airlines calculates a fall of 70% of its income for this year: about $2 billion.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/copa-plans-to-resume-flights-from-june-1

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Fines up up $1000, for flouting city facemask decree

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The use of facemasks in Panama City became mandatory on Tuesday, April 21  after the municipal council approved a draft agreement.

Justices of the peace will have the power to sanction citizens who fail to comply with the quarantine measures decreed by the National Government, with fines of up to $1,000, community work, or any other legal measure that they establish.

The president of the Health Commission, Carlos Pérez Herrera said that the measure is due to the lack of responsibility of some citizens, who have not become aware of the health situation that the country is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/fines-up-up-1000-for-flouting-city-facemask-decree-1

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Gradual lifting of restrictions will be decided in 10 days

The number of people infected by the coronavirus in the country amounts to 4,821 cases, according to the latest epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), however the spread of the virus is beginning to be controlled, the suppression level is being reached.

According to the Minsa advisor, Rodrigo De Antonio, this suppression of cases is a sign that the quarantine has been effective to stop the spread of the virus and the next 10 days will be vital.

"We are reaching the level of minus one and that is important for the next 10 days and eventually gradually lift the restriction measures," the adviser explained. The mentioned suppression level of minus one means that each confirmed case infects less than one person.

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner announced that the first draft to normalize the country in a progressive and planned manner has already been delivered to the Presidency of the Republic.

"You want to avoid a regrowth as has happened in other countries," Turner explained.

On the social network Twitter, President Laurentino Cortizo confirmed that the economic team together with the health team delivered the first draft for the gradual reopening and the return to a new normal. "Evidence-based decisions and quarantine are paying off."

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The latest epidemiological report released yesterday by the Ministry details that to date there are 4,821 cases of Covid-19, of which 162 are newly infected.

A total of 4 thousand 94 patients are in home isolation, of which 962 are staying in hotels.

There are 355 hospitalized patients, of which 261 are in the ward and 94 in the Intensive Care Unit. As of yesterday there are 141 deaths and 231 people have recovered by laboratory. 21 thousand 902 COVID-19 tests have been applied, 76.4% of them were negative.

On the other hand, the deputy director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Francisco Bustamante, announced the opening of the Soná hospital, in Veraguas, after contamination with the virus last month.

Security Minister Juan Pino reported that in the last 24 hours 601 people were detained in violation of the quarantine.

DEATHS

141

People have died in Panama due to the Covid-19 virus

ECONOMY

At yesterday's conference it was announced that laundries and cooperatives will be able to start operating.

 

 

 

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City.

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 22, 2020) 

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report, and Reminders

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place.

 

On April 21, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 4,821 cases of COVID-19. 

 

MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.  Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows:  

 

·         Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  

·         Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday  

·         Sunday:  Everyone must stay home  

·         Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) 

 

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov. 

 

Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable.   

 

On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine.  The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 

 

·         Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 

·         Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 

·         Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 

·         Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am  

·         Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm  

·         Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm  

·         Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm  

·         Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm  

·         Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm  

·         Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm  

·         There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  

 

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

 

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

 

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 quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for the most up to date information on these measures.  

 

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.  

  

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 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice 

 

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

 

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-19for 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  

 

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