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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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As of late Sunday, May 24th, 2020 - 10,926 infected, 306 deaths, 6,279 recoveries. 58,240 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama with an increase to 617 (from 603) cases.

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Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases. Minsa reports the 14 cases in Alto Boquete, and the 3 cases in Bajo Boquete are recovered. That means no active coronavirus cases in the Boquete area.

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We've added the "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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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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Commerce Chamber urges bureaucracy shortcut in reopening

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Posted 24/05/2020

Panama’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) sais  Sunday, May 24, that they expect the second phase of the economic reopening in an orderly manner and without bureaucracy. At the same time, they urge the Government to set dates as soon as possible.

The Government has not yet defined the date for the reopening of block 2 although a key member of the advisory board said on Saturday that phase 2 would begin on May 26.

"This week we are preparing for the opening of the second block of activities, according to the document 'Route to the New Normality by # UnPanamáMejor'. However, we are concerned about the lack of clarity of the opening schedule that does not have fixed dates for the following blocks and does not adhere to a unified, concrete and immediate policy that aims at economic recovery under the established health guidelines. It is imperative that an economic team be established to lead the revival of the country, ”states a statement from the union.

The Chamber acknowledges the work carried out by the Government and the health authorities in preserving lives and preventing the collapse of the health system.

But it  now  believes that now, to this work "must be added the challenge of balancing the measures to control the spread of Covid-19 with the necessary economic opening policies that make sense and allow both maintaining and generating jobs."

"We understand the reasons for caution to proceed to an opening of a new normal, and we are in favor of it being done in a responsible way. However, we must also take care that, from the health and economic emergency, it does not fall into a social crisis due to the growing impact that the pandemic has caused, " says a press release.

The Chamber highlights that the fact that each day that has passed, due to the condition of the closure of shops, the possibility of sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs is affected, "a situation that harms both individuals and companies."

“Now, more than ever, the National Government must be a facilitator of private investment for the good of the national economy. You must support companies and workers to reopen with order and responsibility. This is not the time for bureaucratic procedures or obstacles, which aim to put more restrictions and costs on already hit businesses. ”

The union recalls that the presentation of the Plan "A Better Panama" and the negotiation with the Inter-American Development Bank of a credit line for $300 million for micro, small and medium-sized companies, " to inject liquidity into the opening process."

However, it is concerned about the times, since, on the verge of activating a second block of economic sectors, the terms and conditions of this financing are still being agreed.

“The response times that we observe do not correspond to the deadlines and the urgency that are needed for an orderly opening; as there is no articulated plan that coordinates the needs of the various impacted sectors, "it e adds.

To date, 233,000 qork contracts have been suspended as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Ministry of Health reported this Saturday, May 23, that they have not yet defined a date for the opening of the second block. This phase includes the construction of public works, industry and non-metallic mining.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/commerce-chamber-urges-bureaucracy-shortcut-in-reopening

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OPINION: Throwing crumbs to  science

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Posted 24/05/2020

The scientific knowledge and high training of Panamanian researchers have been essential to face the pandemic. Our talent has innovated in the face of an unforeseen crisis, which some more developed countries have not been able to properly attend to. Panama would have had a much better response if the previous governments had granted the required budget for science and research. 

Instead, our scientists receive crumbs as a result of a public finance process that belittles true development. Both the National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation (Senacyt), and the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, year after year they have observed proposals and reasonable aspirations to improve the scientific environment colliding with bureaucrats and minions deputies, who have known how to ask for increases for their trifles but have turned their backs on science. Still, in the midst of the pandemic, scientific institutions have to beg " and pass the hat to fulfill the objective of protecting us. The new budget cycle is about to start. Sufficient funds must already be committed to improving science in Panama. LA PRENSA,  May 24

 

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Stranded  truckers with  virus  airlifted from Nicaragua

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Posted 24/05/2020

Three truckers who tested positive with COVID-19 and were stranded for a week.in Nicaragua have been brought to Panama on a humanitarian flight reports the Ministry of Health (Minsa). The patients were transferred by means of José Tapiero, José Angulo, and Hernando Garrido, were stranded on the Nicaraguan border with Costa Rica.

One of the three patients was left in David, Chiriquí with a   more complicated medical condition. The other two were transferred to Howard airport in  Panama and taken by ambulance to the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital. The medical team was headed by the Minsa and accompanied by the mission, personnel from the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Customs Authority, and the National Naval Air Service (SENAN).

 

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On 5/25/2020 9:13 AM, panama-acs@state.gov wrote:

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 25, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK6511), scheduled for June 3 and June 10.  The flights will have a limited number of seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Fort Lauderdale may be limited. 

  

NOTE – Due to greater demand for these flights than the number of seats available, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States, and to permit us time to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly.  The June 10 flight is almost sold out and seats are going quickly for the June 3 flight as well.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights.   

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·      May 27 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·      June 10 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

  

We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about the newly authorized Spirit flights.  

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit began ticket sales for these flights on Saturday, May 23.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. 

  

For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. 

 

There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. 

  

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes

  

The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

  

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.  

  

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Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue   

Clayton, Panama   

+507 317-5000   

Panama-ACS@state.gov    

https://pa.usembassy.gov/    

  

State Department – Consular Affairs   

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Copa  and European airlines plan restart routes

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Posted 25/05/2020

Copa Airlines has chosen 23  destinations that it will fly to and from Tocumen International Airport from  June 26, as long as the authorities do not extend the ban on commercial flights first imposed on March 23 and twice extended.

Panama has always been a benchmark  for European companies such as AirFrance and Air Europa and they  are watching  the Copa plans to resume operations

According to Christophe Didier, vice president of sales for Copa Airlines, the original list was made up of 27 destinations, but this week Colombia announced that it extended the ban on all international flights until August 31, forcing Copa to modify its return schedule.

Barranquilla, Bogotá, Cartagena, and Pereira were the Colombian destinations that for now, we will have to wait to see Copa planes arriving.

If there is no further delay in Panama, the first flights will take place on June 26 and 29, and on  July 3 that the operation will be daily to the 23 already confirmed destinations.

“In this first stage, the first destinations we would fly to twice would be San José, Costa Rica; and Bogotá, Colombia ”, but with the decision of the authorities of the neighboring country, initially the two frequencies will go to Costa Rican territory.

Although they do not have a definite date to resume their flights to Central America, Antoine Cross, country manager of the KLM-AirFrance air group, said that Panama will be the first market they will open in the region.

"We would operate first in Panama and then in Costa Rica to take advantage of Copa Airlines' network of connections," he said.

The same thought has Air Europa, which on Thursday reported that they plan to return to the Tocumen airport from July 15.

Carlos Conde, commercial manager of Air Europa in Panama and Central America, said that the group based in Madrid would resume flights to Panama with two frequencies a week - Tuesdays and Saturdays - using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner model.

The three executives participated in the virtual discussion organized by the Dutch and French chambers of commerce in Panama.

David Hernández, Central America and Venezuela area manager of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), also participated in the meeting, pointing out that passenger demand in 2021 will be 24% less than that registered in 2019, indicating that the recovery of the sector after Covid-19 will be long.

He points out that the Association does not endorse the suggestion of some sectors to leave a free seat between passengers, because the filtering and air circulation system in the aircraft limits the travel of the particles, in addition, that every 2 or 3 minutes the system injects new air from the outside.

If given the order to leave a free seat between each passenger, rates in the region would increase 50%, since demand will be low and the numbers would be negative for companies, Hernández said.

All participants in the discussion agree that the use of masks will be mandatory when boarding the aircraft and during the trip. In addition, the service on board will be limited, as well as the printed material in order to limit the contact points. IATA estimates that worldwide, Covid-19 will leave losses to the airline sector in the order of $314 billion, while in the region the impact is estimated at $18 billion.

 

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17 seniors in  Red Cross shelter virus outbreak

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Posted 25/05/2020

A total of 17 elderly r adults living in a shelter administered by the Panamanian Red Cross were confirmed with  Covid-19   after tests by officials of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), two of them are hospitalized, Four caregivers also tested positive for the infection.

The president of the Panamanian Red Cross, Elías Solís González, said that the elderly are part of a group of 22, whose ages range from 70 to 102 years, who live in the shelter for the Elderly on Calle M in Calidonia. which provides all care and protection 24 hours a day.

He added that since the Covid -19 national emergency was declared all the measures for the prevention, containment and mitigation of the virus were implemented, at the shelter including access and exit restrictions. All those in charge of caring for the elderly. were trained provided with personal protective equipment.

However, despite the application of biosafety protocols, on Wednesday, May 20, one of the older adults was transferred to a hospital center to attend to a routine clinical condition and in the hospital center they did a COVID 19 swab test whose positive result was reported a day later.

With this knowledge, the corresponding protocols were activated and the Minsa, alerted whose officials on Friday, May 22, carried out the tests on all the other older adults and the staff.

Five elderly adults who tested negative were to be retested on Monday, May 25.

Of the 12 caregivers , who underwent the test on Friday, May 21, 9 were exposed to the infection, of which 4 were positive, 2 negative and 3 are awaiting results

Solís González explained that at all times they received the accompaniment of the Minsa, which today will be evaluating the facilities, while maintaining permanent monitoring of the current situation, both of older adults diagnosed positive, as well as

 

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Paralyzed  real estate industry facing long haul recovery

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Posted 25/05/2020

Real Estate sales in Panama have fallen by 80-90%  because of the pandemic says The president of the Association of Real Estate (Acobir), Frank Morrice Arias,who is calling on the government’s Solidarity program for support for brokers.

He stressed that, in addition to COVID-19  problem, they had already been facing a market hit due to the decrease in prices in the last four to five years, but with the completion of the Acobir Fair, they had had good results and were emerging from the bad cycle.

“Our industry has not escaped the impact of the pandemic; In our case, we have been affected in various niches, in the area of corridors, for example, we have been unable to offer services in an  orderly and appropriate manner, "he said,

so they asked the government for the possibility of supporting the brokers At the project level, he said,   paralyzed works, will lead to an increase in costs and it is very likely that the promoters will pass them on to the consumer.

"Basically, it is very difficult to make a transaction or move right now," he added.

The residential sector, it will take about three to four years to absorb all the inventory they have and  for office commercial, where for several years they had excess inventory, it will take five to seven years to recover

 

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As of late Monday, May 25th, 2020 - 11,183 infected, 310 deaths, 6,279 recoveries. 59,339 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama with an increase to 626 cases (from 617 the day prior).

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Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases. Minsa reports the 14 cases in Alto Boquete, and the 3 cases in Bajo Boquete are recovered. That means no active coronavirus cases in the Boquete area.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David continues to increase in numbers of cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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CCIAP pide reactivar la economía y levantar la cuarentena a la vez

El planteamiento de los empresarios se da en medio de la apertura del primer bloque y tras enfrentar problemas de trámites y otras limitaciones para el reinicio.
 
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25 may 2020 - 10:31 PM

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible humanitarian flights - June 3rd and June 10th.

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 26, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 26, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK6511), scheduled for June 3 and June 10.  The flights will have a limited number of seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Fort Lauderdale may be limited. 

  

NOTE – Due to greater demand for these flights than the number of seats available, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States, and to permit us time to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly.  The June 10 flight is almost sold out and seats are going quickly for the June 3 flight as well.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights.   

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·      May 27 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·      June 10 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

  

We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about the newly authorized Spirit flights.  

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit began ticket sales for these flights on Saturday, May 23.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. 

  

For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. 

 

There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. 

  

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes

  

The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

  

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.  

  

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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Autoridades autorizan segunda fase de reapertura económica y flexibilización de la cuarentena

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La ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner anunció que a partir del lunes 1 de junio se flexibilizarán las medidas de cuarentena a nivel nacional y se dará la reapertura del segundo bloque de actividades económicas. Ambas acciones deberán hacerse cumpliendo estrictas medidas de bioseguridad. 

Dentro de este segundo bloque de reapertura se encuentran los sectores de: construcción de infraestructura pública, minería no metálica, lugares de culto, sociales y deportivos (y) la industria.

La nueva medida de restricción de la movilidad establece un toque de queda de 7:00 pm a 5:00 am. Se eliminan las limitaciones para salir de casa por género y número de cédula, pero se mantendrán los cercos sanitarios. 

Este 31 de mayo será el domingo de cuarentena absoluta. 

El ministro de Comercio e Industrias, Ramón Martínez, aseguró que ya no serán necesarios los salvoconductos para salir a laborar. 

Será obligatorio el uso de mascarillas para salir a las calles y los niños podrán salir todos los días acompañados de sus padres en un horario de 4:00 pm a 7:00 pm. 

Importante destacar que esta flexibilidad de poderse movilizar para laborar, no implica actividades de tipo social, cultural, visitas y viajes a la playa o deportes de contacto o cualquier otra actividad”, destacó Turner.

Para la titular de Salud es necesario que los panameños se sigan cuidando y cuidando a sus familiares.

En este momento en que hemos iniciado el proceso de levantar el confinamiento, tenemos que seguir reiterando el mensaje que siempre hemos dicho: cuídate y quédate en casa, cuida tu familia, porque el comportamiento epidemiológico ha demostrado que la mayoría de los afectados son jóvenes, pero que la tasa de mortalidad es mayor en personas de 60 años”, dijo la Ministra de Salud.

Las autoridades de salud tomaron estas medidas considerando el comportamiento del virus en Panamá. Dentro de los puntos a considerar están:

  • Evaluación del índice de transmisión efectiva (RT);
  • Capacidad instalada de los servicios de salud (número de camas en UCI, ventiladores, insumos y recursos humanos);
  • Capacidad diagnóstica (disponibilidad de pruebas) y de la trazabilidad de casos (capacidad para darle seguimiento al menos 90% de los pacientes confirmados y sus contactos);
  • Nivel de riesgo de la actividad económica.

Sobre la reapertura de actividad no económicas, el Ministerio de Salud, destacó que los lugares de culto, parques, áreas deportivas y áreas sociales (hasta 25% de capacidad y con distanciamiento físico de 2 metros).

Hay que destacar que se permiten las actividades deportivas que no conlleven contacto físico y que permitan distanciamiento mínimo de 2 metros”, señala la comunicación oficial.

 

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Authorities authorize second phase of economic reopening and relaxation of quarantine

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05/26/2020 - 6:58 PM

Health Minister Rosario Turner announced that as of Monday, June 1, quarantine measures will be relaxed at the national level and the second block of economic activities will be reopened. Both actions must be carried out in compliance with strict biosecurity measures.

Within this second reopening block are the sectors of: construction of public infrastructure, non-metallic mining, places of worship, social and sports (and) industry.

The new mobility restriction measure establishes a curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. The limitations on leaving the house by gender and ID number are eliminated, but the sanitary fences will be maintained.

This May 31 will be the Sunday of absolute quarantine.

The Minister of Commerce and Industries, Ramón Martínez, assured that safe-conducts will no longer be necessary to go out to work.

The use of face masks will be compulsory to take to the streets and children will be able to go out every day accompanied by their parents from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

"Important to note that this flexibility of being able to mobilize to work, does not imply social, cultural, visits and trips to the beach or contact sports or any other activity," said Turner.

For the Health Minister, it is necessary for Panamanians to continue taking care of themselves and their relatives.

"At this moment in which we have begun the process of lifting the confinement, we must continue reiterating the message that we have always said: take care of yourself and stay at home, take care of your family, because epidemiological behavior has shown that the majority of those affected are young , but that the mortality rate is higher in people of 60 years ", said the Minister of Health.

The health authorities took these measures considering the behavior of the virus in Panama. Among the points to consider are:

  • Evaluation of the effective transmission index (RT);
  • Installed capacity of health services (number of beds in ICU, ventilators, supplies and human resources);
  • Diagnostic capacity (availability of tests) and case traceability (capacity to follow up on at least 90% of confirmed patients and their contacts);
  • Risk level of economic activity.

Regarding the reopening of non-economic activities, the Ministry of Health highlighted that places of worship, parks, sports areas and social areas (up to 25% of capacity and with a physical distance of 2 meters).

"It should be noted that sports activities that do not involve physical contact and that allow a minimum distance of 2 meters are allowed," says the official communication.

 

https://www.tvn-2.com/economia/economia-panamena/Autorizan-reapertura-segundo-bloque-actividades-economicas-COVID-19_0_5587691258.html

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As of June 1, the output by ID, gender and Sunday quarantine is eliminated. Curfew will be maintained from 7 pm to 5 am and established sanitary fences. All will be able to leave with the obligatory use of a mask while maintaining the physical distance of 2 m.
 
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As of late Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 - 11,447 infected, 313 deaths, 6,379 recoveries. 60,598 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama with an increase to 641 cases (from 626 the day prior).

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Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases. Minsa reports the 14 cases in Alto Boquete, and the 3 cases in Bajo Boquete are recovered. That means no active coronavirus cases in the Boquete area.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David continues to increase in numbers of cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Sent: 5/27/2020 9:33:46 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 27, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 27, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK6511), scheduled for June 3 and June 10.  The flights will have a limited number of seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Fort Lauderdale may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for departure to the United States. 

  

NOTE – Empty seats on a humanitarian flight to the United States indicate that there is no longer a need to evacuate and may result in decreased frequency or cessation of future humanitarian commercial flights to the United States.  Therefore, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States, as we may not have any additional humanitarian flights.  The June 10 flight is now sold out, but there are still many empty seats on the June 3 flight.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights.   

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·     May 27 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·     June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·     June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at  

1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·     June 10 Spirit Airlines(SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit began ticket sales for these flights on Saturday, May 23.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. 

  

For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. 

 

There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. 

  

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes

  

The Embassy will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate.   

 

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.  

  

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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Timing of Malls reopening affects 40,000 jobs

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Posted 26/05/2020

The economic impact of COVID-19 on shopping malls is incalculable, said the sector’s representative Nadji Duque, on Tuesday, May 26,  at the economic table seeking to reactivate activities in Panama.

For Duque, there is  concern because they are not clear in which reopening phase the shopping centers are located.

Approximately 3,000 shops in malls are closed and about 40,000  job contracts have been suspended. Despite this, only supermarkets, banks and pharmacies remain active within the malls, which carries operating expenses for maintenance, security and cleaning, while they are not receiving income.

Although they think according to  the Ministry of Commerce (MICI)  they are included in phase  3, related to retail purchases, they have not received notice from the Ministry of Health (Minsa)

Meanwhile, according to the new normal, some measures that will be followed to avoid crowds, including eliminating massive events, adjustments of seats for distancing, requiring the use of a mask, and temperature checking.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/timing-of-malls-reopening-affects-40000-jobs

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Economic Recovery: Doubts in Panama

Lack of clarity in the opening schedule and the absence of a unified, concrete and immediate policy that aims at economic recovery under the established health guidelines, is part of what concerns entrepreneurs.

Monday, May 25, 2020

As part of the return to normal business activities, after the severe quarantine imposed on the country due to the outbreak of covid-19, this week the Panamanian economy is preparing for the opening of the second block of activities.

The second block contemplates the construction of public infrastructure, non-metallic mining, areas and places of worship, social and sports only at a capacity of 25% and keeping a distance of two meters, informed weeks ago the country's health authorities.

You may be interested in "Sales Points and Potential Market"

A statement from the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture CCIAP explains that "... This week we prepare for the opening of a second block of activities, according to the document 'Route to a New Normality by #UnPanamaMejor'. However, we are concerned about the lack of clarity in the opening schedule which has no fixed dates for the following blocks ... It is imperative that an economic team be established to lead the reactivation of the country."

Also see "Panama: Outlook for Consumption"

The document reviews that "... Now, more than ever, the National Government must be a facilitator of private investment for the good of the national economy. It must support businesses and workers to reopen with order and responsibility. This is not the time for bureaucratic procedures and obstacles, which aim to put more restrictions and costs on the already battered businesses."

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Economic_Recovery_Doubts_in_Panama

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De cuarentena a toque de queda desde el 1 de junio

El cambio en la medida no incluye actividades de tipo social, cultural, festivas, viajes a la playa y deportes de contacto. No será necesario el uso de salvoconducto para las actividades del bloque 1 y 2.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
27 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/de-cuarentena-a-toque-de-queda-desde-el-1-de-junio/

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Sent: 5/27/2020 3:23:06 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 27, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 27, 2020) 

   

Event:  COVID-19 Situation – Starting June 1 Quarantine Ends and Curfew Begins 

 

Starting June 1, the quarantine with movement restrictions will end.  The quarantine and two-hour movement windows will be replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday.  Children will also be free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker.  The use of masks and social distancing will still be required.  This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing.  

 

Also on June 1, the second economic block will be allowed to open.  The sectors included in that block are: public construction, mining of non-metals, industry, and religious sites, parks, social areas, and sporting areas will be allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.  

 

On May 27, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 11,447 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. 

 

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 May 15, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days until June 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

On May 11, the Government of Panama announced a gradual plan to reopen the economy beginning May 13.  For details, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  The date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. 

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City. 

 

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.  

   

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. 

  

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. 

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

  

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 

  

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

  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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'Hasta este 31 de mayo se mantiene la cuarentena del domingo', Eyra Ruiz

Mientras no se genere un comunicado oficial por parte del Minsa o de la Presidencia se mantiene la cuarentena el domingo, aclaró la ministra consejera 

Por Yelina Pérez Sánchez

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Las autoridades de Panamá decretaron una cuarentena separada por sexo.Roberto Barrios | La Estrella de Panamá

Luego de que la ministra de salud, Rosario Turner, anunciara la tarde de este martes que a partir de este lunes 1 de junio, se inicia la apertura del segundo bloque de actividades económicas, surgió una serie de confusiones sobre la cuarentena de los domingos.

Al respecto, Eyra Ruiz, ministra consejera para asuntos relacionados a la salud pública, aseguró a este medio que hasta este 31 de mayo se mantiene la cuarentena del domingo. “En ningún comunicado hasta el momento se ha hablado sobre el tema de liberar el domingo porque eso le corresponde únicamente al Ministerio de Salud (Minsa)”, puntualizó la ministra Ruiz.

A su vez, reiteró que “mientras no se genere un comunicado oficial por parte del Minsa o de la Presidencia yo como vocera no puedo decir otra cosa. Vendrá el momento —no se si hoy en la tarde, mañana o en los siguientes días— que el Minsa diga a través de un comunicado que el domingo se pueda circular y cuando eso pase entonces se darán los detalles correspondientes de cómo serán las salidas”.

Respecto a la reapertura del segundo bloque, el cual exige una responsabilidad compartida de toda la sociedad, la ministra explicó que surgieron algunos cambios como que ya no será necesario el uso de las cédulas para poder salir. “En esta segunda fase se generará un toque de queda que se empezará a regir a partir de este lunes 1 de junio de 7:00 de la noche hasta las 5:00 de la mañana, es decir que tanto hombre como mujer pueden salir indistintamente pero atendiendo el toque de queda”, aclaró Ruiz.

Según explicó, los procesos de seguridad se mantienen. En el caso de las mascarillas aseguró que deben seguir utilizándose de manera obligatoria. “La gente tiene que ser responsable y el panameño cuando quiere lo es. Si aprendió a utilizar el metro rápidamente, estoy segura que el uso de las mascarillas también, eso se llama corresponsabilidad del Gobierno con la ciudadanía, las empresas y con los trabajadores”, enfatizó.

La ministra reiteró que las aperturas de las próximas fases dependen del primer y segundo bloque, “así que todos tenemos que empujar la carreta hacia la misma dirección para que le vaya bien al país. Si al país le va bien, a todos nos irá bien”, reconoció.

 

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'Until this May 31 the quarantine of Sunday is maintained', Eyra Ruiz

As long as an official statement is not generated by the Minsa or the Presidency, the quarantine is maintained on Sunday, the Minister Counselor clarified.

By Yelina Pérez Sánchez
Updated 05/27/2020 15:14

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The Panamanian authorities decreed a quarantine separated by sex.Roberto Barrios | The Panama Star

After the health minister, Rosario Turner, announced on Tuesday afternoon that starting on Monday, June 1, the opening of the second block of economic activities begins, a series of confusions arose about the quarantine on Sundays.

In this regard, Eyra Ruiz, Minister Counselor for matters related to public health, assured this newspaper that until May 31 the quarantine of Sunday is maintained. "In no statement so far has there been talk about the issue of releasing on Sunday because that corresponds only to the Ministry of Health (Minsa)," said Minister Ruiz.

At the same time, he reiterated that “as long as an official statement is not generated by the Minsa or the Presidency, as spokesperson, I cannot say anything else. The time will come - I don't know if today in the afternoon, tomorrow or in the following days - that the Minsa will say through a statement that it can be circulated on Sunday and when that happens then the corresponding details of how the departures will be will be given ” .

Regarding the reopening of the second block, which requires a shared responsibility of the entire society, the minister explained that some changes arose such that the use of the IDs will no longer be necessary to exit. "In this second phase, a curfew will be generated, which will take effect from this Monday, June 1, from 7:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning, that is to say that both men and women can leave without distinction but attending to the curfew ”, Ruiz clarified.

As he explained, the security processes are maintained. In the case of masks, he assured that they must continue to be used on a mandatory basis. "People have to be responsible and the Panamanian when he wants to be. If she learned to use the subway quickly, I am sure that the use of the masks also, that is called the co-responsibility of the Government with citizens, companies and workers, "she emphasized.

The minister reiterated that the opening of the next phases depends on the first and second blocks, “so we all have to push the cart in the same direction so that the country can do well. If the country does well, we will all do well, "he acknowledged.

 

 
 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200527/31-mayo-mantiene-cuarentena-domingo-eyra-ruiz

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Quarantine  eased  June 1 with moves to new  normal

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Posted 27/05/2020

Sunday May 31 will be the last day of absolute quarantine and on  Monday, June 1    restrictions imposed on April 1   on exiting by gender and two-hour shopping by  ID number will be eliminated.

From Monday on, a curfew will apply from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, seven days a week.

The moves come with block 2 of the reopening process allowing construction of public works, non-metallic mining, and industries.

The decision was made said after reviewing indicators such as hospital capacity, the epidemiological behavior of the virus, and the performance of daily diagnostic tests said Minister of Health, Rosario Turner on  Tuesday, May 26.

Turner clarified that churches, parks, and sports and social areas may open, but only use 25% of their capacity and keeping the distance of two meters between people.

Children will be able to circulate from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with their parents or caregivers. The use of the mask is mandatory.

Ramón Martínez, Minister of Commerce and Industries, stated that the opening of block 3 - which has not yet a defined date - will depend on the epidemiological behavior that originates from the opening of blocks 1 and 2.

The authorities reiterated to the population that the battle has not been won, so they must maintain the mitigation measures: physical distancing, use of masks, hand washing, and going out only if necessary.

The Minsa epidemiology report showed that in the last week - 22 townships in the country reported more than 20 cases. In last Tuesday's report there were 19 townships.

In addition, there are outbreaks  in the Santiago prison, Veraguas, and in Alanje, Chiriquí..

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/quarantine-eased-june-1-with-moves-to-new-normal

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OPINION: Reopening spells Responsibility

Posted 27/05/2020

The implementation of the second reopening phase from next Monday, as well as the easing of the long and strict quarantine that we have lived through in these last two months, is  good news for the main sectors of the economy, for hundreds of thousands of collaborators from closed companies, independent professionals and informal workers.

Little by little we return to normality, although this will no longer be the same. With the number of infections that are still reported daily, we are far from the end of the pandemic.

The compulsory quarantine stopped the increase in infections, but from now on it will be up to each individual to stay safe and avoid infecting others. We will need to responsibly assume that role. The reopening of activities will be a phased process, subject to setbacks or progress, caused by our own performance.

 The rules, protocols for occupational health and prevention of contagion must be direct and simple, and employers and workers must be allies, while the government must facilitate responsible and informed reopening.- LA PRENSA, May 27.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-reopening-spells-responsibility

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible humanitarian flights - June 3rd and June 10th.

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 28, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 28, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified an additional flight, operated by Copa Airlines (flight number – CM4050), scheduled for June 10.  The flight will have a limited number of seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Washington, D.C. may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for departure to the United States. 

  

NOTE – With many seats still available on the June 3 Spirit Airlines flight and the June 10 Copa airlines flights, we are not planning any additional humanitarian flights to the United States at this time.  We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights.   

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

  • June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 
  • June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 
  • June 10 Spirit Airlines(SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 
  • June 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. 

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines and Copa Airlines directly.  Copa began ticket sales for this new flight on Thursday, May 28.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. 

  

For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. 

 

There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. 

  

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes

  

The Embassy will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate.   

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

 

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

 

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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