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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

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Coronavirus infections at 16,424 with 393 deaths

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Posted 08/06/2020

Deaths from coronavirus in Panama  reached  393 on Sunday, June 7 and 421 new cases brought the total number of recorded infections to 16,424,

The Ministry of Health, reports that 5,393 people are in home isolation, 667 are in hotels, 337 are in wards, and 84  in intensive care.

 77,592 tests have been carried out,  including  1,589 on  Sunday.

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, said that  93% of tht more than 5,000  cases verified in the last 14 days, are in hospital or hotel isolation.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/coronavirus-infections-at-16424-with-393-deaths

 

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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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OPINION:  Quarantine return demands answers

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Posted 08/06/2020

Panama lived 68 days of a very severe curfew. The objectives were to flatten the contagion curve, expand the attention capacity of the health system and interrupt the possibilities of infection to "win the battle" for Covid-19.

In the latter, the policy failed. During the past two weeks, cases have increased significantly. Without giving further explanations, six days after lifting the day restrictions the authorities reapply the total quarantine. And, again, they do so without a date for the end of the measure, in violation of the principles of control of power in a republic.

Undoubtedly, the increase in cases is alarming, but those infections did not occur last week. So, Why go back to quarantine? How have the new infections occurred? Why after almost 10 weeks locked up was the epidemic not controlled? To be sure, there are more and better reasons than to blame the irresponsible. But neither can we make our own analysis due to the lack of depth and detail in the available data. Where is the reflection exercise on the applied measures? - LA PRENSA, Jun.8

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-quarantine-return-demands-answers

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

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Sent: 6/9/2020 8:01:01 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 9, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 9, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  The two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19.  There are no additional flights planned at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  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 Houston 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.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

 

NOTE – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned 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.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·     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 (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. 

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

·     June 19 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·     June 20 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines directly.  These tickets are available now and the Embassy encourages you to check United’s website regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Spirit’s website at https://www.spirit.com, or Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings. 

 

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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On 6/7/2020 at 9:59 AM, Brundageba said:

People want to get back to normal.  Opening mobility to many, connotes "normal".  With that attitude comes a degree of relaxation of personal protection and distancing.   The Rep of Panama is again re-doubling efforts in mobility restriction as increases in cases are notable in hot spots.     For me personally, I am really trying to be  all the more aware of where increased risks are, and stay very masked and distanced.  I feel a bit more vulnerable right now ( Just saying. Others I know do not agree)   The high communicability of the virus with asymptomatic carriers, make the efforts of control ongoing. 

The learning curve and body of medical knowledge on this virus and what it's doing to the bodies of those infected is ever increasing .  Inflammation within the blood vessels and blood clotting seem to be  common findings of late as data is being compiled following the  recovered victims  medically.   I believe there are currently more leanings toward the use of hydroxichloroquine as it does have an anti inflammatory action. For the moderately infected it is showing promise. Drug studies on it's use in COVID treatment are pretty much back closer to square one .  (The early research data was deemed not to be reliable for the way in which  the study was structured.  Both Lancet Journal of Medicine and as well the physicians writing the article on heart arrythmias associated  with hydroxichloroquine   recanted and withdrew their article.)   ....the beat goes on. 

   Alison, Nurse

Understanding the Puzzling Pathology of COVID-19

Alison, more and more organizations are coming out and saying asymptomatic transmission is very Rare.  Death rates are now pegged at around 0.2%.  Methinks yet again, wolf has been cried when it was a mouse.

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Asymptomatic Carriers:    One valid point is transmission is at it's very highest BEFORE the virus evokes symptoms and as well in the first week when most folks rarely seek help. I read the medical article recently written about asymptomatic transmission numbers being thought to be lower than originally thought.   My take is :  Hummm OK...but stay distanced and masked. 

At age  75, and as  a nurse of over 50 years of practice, I know beyond a shadow of doubt I do not want this illness.  I do note of late a lot of information coming at me from friends that seems to be an effort to support their position of downplaying  virus severity.   I don't buy into it.   Medicine still has much to learn about this virus . Some of what is now being written in medical literature gets my attention.  I share it here.   Seems to accurately  determine asymptomatic transmission numbers , the researchers would have to test large numbers of people that are not sick.  Right now countries are just trying to get ahead of active cases increasing. 

Death rate 0.2%.   Yes BUT if it's YOU .....it's 100%.   

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As of late Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 - 17,233 infected, 403 deaths, 10,561 recoveries. 80,720 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama.

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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 reporting 200 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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

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Moderator comment: Part of this artile is based on information from the WHO. The WHO is also now reporting "Coronavirus patients most infectious as they first feel unwell...". Click Here for additional information on that WHO report.

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Asintomáticos, un riesgo en la transmisión del virus

En Panamá, la evidencia de personas sin síntomas aún es escasa, pero sí es una realidad en la transmisión del virus.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
10 jun 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/asintomaticos-un-enigma-en-el-control-del-virus/

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Aumenta la velocidad de la epidemia en Panamá

Aleida Samaniego C.
10 jun 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/aumenta-la-velocidad-de-la-epidemia-en-panama/

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

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Sent: 6/10/2020 8:28:17 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 10, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 10, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  The two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19.  There are no additional flights planned at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Houston 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.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

 

NOTE – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned 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.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

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

·     June 19 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·     June 20 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines directly.  These tickets are available now and the Embassy encourages you to check United’s website regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings. 

 

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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Liquor Sales: Pressure to Lift Restrictions

In Panama, the guild of companies in the alcoholic beverages sector are asking the authorities to put an end to the Dry Law, which has been stricter in the context of the covid-19 outbreak and the decreed home quarantine.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

In order to reduce crime and avoid crowding, the authorities had prohibited the consumption, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages until the end of the State of Emergency decreed by the spread of covid-19.

See "Beer: Brands, Tastes and Potential Market"

The measures were made more flexible when Executive Decree 612 was published in the Official Journal on May 8, establishing the provisions for the gradual lifting of the restrictions.

Now the business association is calling for the elimination of all restrictions, arguing that "... International experience indicates that ensuring physical distance is the crucial factor in stopping the spread of the virus and not the restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages."

Elcapitalfinanciero.com reports that, in the statement issued by the businessmen, they explain that the producers are concerned "... about the damage that the Dry Law continues to generate to the industry, currently there are thousands of collaborators and families who may be affected, since a large number of jobs are at risk."

Also see "Energy Drinks: What Brands Do You Prefer in the Region?"

If the restrictions are removed, the companies assure that they will be able to maintain the jobs, the tax collection and eliminate the incentive to illicit trade.

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

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Canadian study confirms Panama actions in pandemic fight

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Posted 10/06/2020

The importance of physical distancing and the use of masks and glasses, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 advocated by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) is confirmed in  a study by scientists in McMaster University in Canada and published in the scientific journal The Lancet, but is difficult to enforce with a large number of people living in poverty.

Experts analyzed 172 observational studies from 16 countries evaluating distance measures, masks, and eye protection to prevent transmission of patients with confirmed or probable Covid-19, SARS, or MERS infection to people close to them (for example, caregivers, family members , health workers).

The study showed that the risk of infection is 12.8% at a distance of one meter, and it reduces to 2.6% at more than one meter away.

The scientists state that without mask protection the risk of virus transmission is 17.4% and with a mask  is reduced to 3.1%.

Rodrigo DeAntonio , an epidemiologist and who is part of the team of the Advisory Committee for the Minsa Coronavirus, explained that the study consolidates the evidence from various observational analyzes, which supports the guidelines that the physical distance of at least 1 meter or more reduces the transmission of the  coronavirus, and the greater the distance the better.

 Minsa personnel have been in various parts of the capital city verifying the correct use of masks and raising awareness about physical distancing and handwashing.

However, last week it was evident that in Panama a percentage of the population is not complying, for example, with the distancing measure. On June 1, when the quarantine measure was lifted, crowds were seen enter supermarkets or boarding a bus and even in recreation areas.

Néstor Sosa, an infectologist and former director of the Gorgas  Institute for Health Studies, maintained that one of the factors influencing the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country is that people are not keeping physical distance or do not use the masks.

He explained that it is very difficult to physically distance oneself in a residence with a bedroom and where six  or more people live, and where the person who works is in the dilemma of buying rice, alcohol gel or a mask to protect themselves.

Available epidemiological information suggests that Covid-19 disease strikes the poorest people in the country the most. In Panama, there are an estimated 777 thousand Panamanians living in multidimensional poverty.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/canadian-study-confirms-panama-actions-in-pandemic-fight

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Panama hit with over 3000 new coronavirus cases in a week

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Posted 10/06/2020

With over  3000  new cases of coronavirus  in a week   Panama  has reached a total of 17,233 infections with 403 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic arrived  

The Rt (Retransmission rate)  at 1.44 is dangerously high and needs to fall below  1.00 if the disease can be deemed under control, and quarantine rules relaxed.

Between Wednesday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 9, The Health Ministry registered  3,138 new cases of COVID-19 were registered, a situation that raised red flags for the authorities, with 455 hospitalized patients of which 90 are in intensive care.

According to the daily report provided by the Minsa,by  Wednesday, the number was up  3, 514 cases with,  an average of more than 350 per day confirmed. The highest figure was on Saturday, June 6 with 541. The lowest was Tuesday, June 9   with 379, of those, 257 are in the province of Panama and 32 in the province of Panama West.

But the provinces that showed an upturn in cases within 24 hours were Bocas del Toro with 48 and Chiriquí with 44.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-hit-with-over-3000-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-week

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11 hours ago, Jim Bondoux said:

The trend of the fatality rate in Panama is quite different from all other countries. In my opinion, it is not an endorsement of the strategies adopted by the authorities.

 

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Moderator properly asks me to name the source of the above graph.  It is FT.com, the online presence of the UK's Financial Times publication.

Financial Times is a serious business newspaper.

My Bad. I had mentioned the source when I posted this graph to a couple of other platforms, and just got sloppy as the evening wore on. I present my apologies.

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It baffles me.  Panama continues to have the most severe restrictions of any country, yet it is not working.  Just a few miles from here, Costa Rica is basically open with distancing requirements and a much lower infection rate.

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 11, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 11, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  The two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19.  There are no additional flights planned at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Houston 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.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

 

NOTE – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned 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.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

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

·     June 19 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·     June 20 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines directly.  These tickets are available now and the Embassy encourages you to check United’s website regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings. 

 

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    

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I am convinced that the increase we now see is due to relaxed distancing.   Alcohol consumption in areas where police do not see may play a big part in that as well. Divala' is out in the country very far from cities....yet it had a huge increase in cases.  I am picturing fellows enjoying cold ones after work, and I doubt they are wearing masks. ...just sayin.

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Sorry Alison.  Don't agree.  If we accept that the incubation period for Covid is around 14 days, then the uptick in cases (seemingly starting the day after home arrest relaxation) cannot be a result of relaxation.  As for Divila, I haven't been down there lately but I suspect the cases are concentrated in the farm worker shotgun shacks there - the ones without running water.  Someone brought it in, then spread was easy.  I no longer trust the stats we are being given by the government.

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Today's COVID-19 statistics release by the Ministry of health includes a record high of new cases and a return of daily deaths to the two-month average of 5. (The youngest of today's five was age 65). Here is the chart of daily new cases, without comment:

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(from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/panama/ )

The rate of new cases is not the only matter that seems to be accelerating. I read of more and shriller contentiousness about the epidemic and Panama's policies.

The economic impact has caused the alcoholic beverage industry to make a very public appeal to lift the so-called "dry law". The Ministry of Commerce has announced that it is "reviewing the request". Meanwhile the Chiriqui bar owners are complaining that grocery stores are selling more liquor than food. Yesterday, the Panama Hotel Association asked for a firm date for reopening tourism activity, including airline flights. President Cortizo has announced he is scheduling a meeting with the heads of all of the political parties to hammer out a second voucher program which would add another $100 to the $80 food subsidy already paid to "the most vulnerable" citizens. I read that there are back-channel negotiations to extend the moratoria on loan payments. The Minister of Finance has reported that tax collections in the first quarter of the year are approximately a third of what was projected, and he lamented that Panama has no central bank of its own, and therefore is unable to create money at will, as so many other countries can, and do.

The political impact has manifested itself in a couple of ways. Wednesday night saw a "caravan" protest in Panama City with an automobile procession blocking Balboa Avenue all the way to Casco Viejo. The intent was reported to appeal to the President to lift the quarantine/lockdown measures. Richard Morales, Political Science professor at the University of Panama and  unsuccessful presidential candidate in the last election published an editorial in La Estrella complaining of corruption, economic mismanagement, and ineffective responses to the coronavirus threat. Someone named Kesil Gonzalez has created an online petition calling for the resignation of the president and of his cabinet, on the basis of incompetence.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health felt the need to refer to external sources (Wuhan and the Imperial College of London) to support its mandatory measures. In today's bulletin MINSA reported that it had no information concerning alleged acquisition of contaminated COVID-19 tests, and reminded the population that issuing false information is a crime punishable by law, and that investigations of the information disseminated on social networks would lead to the filing of criminal complaints.

Looks to me like this thrill ride is getting bumpier.

James Bondoux

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As of late Thursday, June 11th, 2020 - 18,586 infected, 418 deaths, 10,977 recoveries. 85,007 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama.

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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 reporting 200 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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New strategies as coronavirus cases soar.

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Posted 11/06/2020

Panama recorded  656 new cases of  COVID-19  and the death toll  climbed  by 10 to 413  on Wednesday, June 10 leading the of Health Ministry  (Minsa) to  launch new strategies to try to counteract the advance of the virus  including  direct search for cases in the most affected communities

On Thursday, the vice minister of Health Luis Francisco Sucre confirmed a cumulative total of 17,889  infections and said that the latest number of new cases is the highest daily count so far. and is due to some elements such as the delay they faced with some tests, in addition to the effort being made to attract more people who are asymptomatic positive.

The number of tests has risen to more than 2,000 per day and local teams will be strengthened to search for people who could be positive.

He said that asymptomatic patients cause cases to expand rapidly. " It is the goal  of the Ministry of Health, to focus directly on communities to look for these possible positives ."

He reiterated the need for citizens to maintain hygiene measures and decontaminate the products they buy, in addition to distancing and the use of masks.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/new-strategies-as-coronavirus-cases-soar

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ATTT extiende hasta el 31 de julio la suspensión de la aplicación de multa por placa vencida

La Alcaldía de Panamá anunció que el próximo lunes 15 abrirá el centro de entrega de placas, pero el proceso será mediante citas.
 
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11 jun 2020 - 02:01 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/attt-extiende-hasta-el-31-de-julio-la-suspension-de-la-aplicacion-de-multa-por-placa-vencida/

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14 hours ago, JohnF13 said:

Sorry Alison.  Don't agree.  If we accept that the incubation period for Covid is around 14 days, then the uptick in cases (seemingly starting the day after home arrest relaxation) cannot be a result of relaxation.  As for Divila, I haven't been down there lately but I suspect the cases are concentrated in the farm worker shotgun shacks there - the ones without running water.  Someone brought it in, then spread was easy.  I no longer trust the stats we are being given by the government.

Road protests...when did THAT happen?.....listen it is what it is.  We will be dealing with this for a year.  Time to get used to mask and social distancing...for yourself.  What others do, the stats etc.  is of little personal concern.  I wish to stay well and will adhere to what they recommend.   Alison , Nurse.   

 

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Alison, I didn’t mention road protests.  I agree, this thing isn’t going away soon, if ever.  So the decision is individual as to how much exposure you are willing to tolerate.  While I will social distance and will GRUDGINGLY wear a mask, that’s it for me.  I’m not going to live my life hiding from something I can’t control.  There’s a ton of things out there that could kill you, heaven knows I’ve been close more than once, but I am determined to enjoy the rest of my life and not live in fear.

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