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

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 12, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 12, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  One operated by United Airlines (flight number UA 2417) and is scheduled for June 19, the other is operated by Copa (flight number CM 4982) and is scheduled for June 20.  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 and Miami 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 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, 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  and Copa Airlines directly.  These tickets are available now and the Embassy encourages you to check United’s website regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines 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. 

 

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U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama   

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue   

Clayton, Panama   

+507 317-5000   

Panama-ACS@state.gov    

https://pa.usembassy.gov/    

  

State Department – Consular Affairs   

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

  

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

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Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 12, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 12, 2020)  

    

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

 

On June 11, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 18,586 cases of COVID-19. 

 

MINSA also announced on June 11 that a health cordon has been declared in the community of Iber-Gun, in the township of Cristobal, Colon Province.  

 

Effective June 8, Panama’s National Immigration Service opened and started a 90-day period during which foreigners may submit applications to maintain or adjust their immigration status in Panama without incurring fines.  This applies to applicants whose immigration status expired between March 13 and June 7.  For more details see www.migración.gob.pa. 

 

On June 7, MINSA published a resolution regarding movement restrictions in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste.  These provinces will return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number beginning June 8.  Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: 

 

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
  • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday.  Saturday until 5pm 

 

Additionally, movement will be restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 

 

  • Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 
  • Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 
  • Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 
  • Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am 
  • Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm 
  • Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm 
  • Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm 
  • Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm 
  • Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm 
  • Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm 
  • There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply). 
  • Weekend curfew for the month of June is from from 5:00pm on Saturday until 5:00am on Monday. 
  • Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) 
  • Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. 

 

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.   The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.  Other provinces in Panama will continue with the curfew that began on June 1 (see details below).   

  

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.  

  

MINSA announced on June 4 that a health cordon has been declared in the district of Chiriqui Grande, and in the communities of Pantanal and Finca 1 in Changuinola, and Solución in Bocas del Toro.  

  

On June 2, 2020, MINSA published a resolution stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Any individual not wearing a mask is subject to possible detention and fine. 

 

Starting June 1, the Government of Panama ended the quarantine with movement restrictions based on ID number and gender.  This change remains in effect for all provinces except Panama and Panama Oeste.  For all other provinces, the quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday.  Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker.  The use of masks and social distancing are still 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.  The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel.   

  

Also on June 1, the second economic block opened. The sectors included in that block are: public construction, mining of non-metals, and industry.  Religious sites, parks, social areas, and sporting areas are also allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.  For more details about the Government of Panama’s plan to gradually reopen the economy, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  The Government of Panama will evaluate every two weeks, but the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. 

 

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 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. 

   

On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the 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. 

 

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 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. 

  

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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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Moderator comments: This is not good news in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Highlighting in the translated text added by the Moderator. Note the use of the phrase "multidimensional poverty", and the association of that term with the highest incidents of coronavirus.

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Casos de Covid-19 aumentan en 169% en comparación a principios de mayo

El Minsa reporta en seis días 3,207 casos positivos. Las provincias más afectadas son aquellas donde hay más pobres.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/casos-de-covid-19-aumentan-en-169-en-comparacion-a-principios-de-mayo/

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Cuatro personas se contagian de coronavirus en un cumpleaños en Veraguas; autoridades locales y funcionarios del Minsa participaron en la fiesta

Autoridades de salud impondrá las respectivas sanciones.
 
José González Pinilla
12 jun 2020 - 11:29 AM

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/cuatro-personas-se-contagian-de-coronavirus-en-un-cumpleanos-en-veraguas-autoridades-locales-y-funcionarios-del-minsa-participaron-en-la-fiesta/

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Positive coronavirus tests near 30% with 697 new cases

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The percentages of positive tests for coronavirus in  Panama continue to climb with an  average of near 30%  this month and on June 1 the total reached 41.33% .

On Thursday, June 12, the Ministry of Health reported 697 new cases and 418 accumulated deaths.

Rodrigo DeAntonio , the advisor to the Ministry of Health, said that the rise is due to the higher rate of contagion that has been occurring in some townships and to the search that is being made to identify cases.

Health authorities have gone from performing a daily average of 1,300 tests in May to 2,000 this month, as part of an aggressive, house-to-house strategy to detect more infections, especially in the townships with the most cases.

Jorge Luis Prosperi, a public health specialist, said  it was necessary to massify the tests to reach 2,000 per day.

The average percentage of positive tests per month in March was 15.14%; in April, 23.24%, and in May, 18.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/positive-coronavirus-tests-near-30-with-697-new-cases

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Partying cops and health officials flout rules

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Posted 12/06/2020

Four people from the same family have tested positive for COVID-19  after a birthday party in Santa Fe de Veraguas reports  the regional director of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) Ovidio Mendoza.

They caught the virus during a birthday party. "We have information that local authorities and National Police agents   participated in the activity and unfortunately officials from the Ministry of Health were involved in this activity," said Mendoza.

Menzoza  said  that they  have opened an investigation to "demarcate responsibilities" and impose the corresponding sanctions.

"The population ignores the rules  and they are gathering for family events," Mendoza added.

Hee said that they proceeded to carry out traceability in the area since "people from the community" also attended the event.

The Santa Fe district previously had few Covid-19 cases, he said. "With this event, they are going to have new cases, and they will probably keep Covid-19 in their community due to irresponsibility," Mendoza told Original Stereo radio station .

Veraguas is the third province in the country with the most cases of coronavirus: 856 until this Thursday, June 11. The province of Panama is in first place with 11,794 and Panama Oeste in second with 3,339 cases.

Panama has a total of 18,586 accumulated cases; and 418 deaths from the coronavirus.

 

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As of late Saturday, June 13th, 2020 - 20,059 infected, 429 deaths, 13,759 recoveries. 89,736 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 214 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Cortizo duscusses pandemiv with Canadian leader

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Posted 13/06/2020

Panama President   Laurentino Cortizo discussed the coronavirus pandemic with Canadian  Prime  Justin Trudeau  on Saturday, June 13 According to Cortizo, Trudeau thanked the Panamanian people for their support in the repatriation process of several Canadian citizens.

The Canadian government press office noted that Cortizo and Trudeau “ recognized the significant economic and health impacts of COVID-19, and exchanged views on their respective national efforts to combat the pandemic and protect the well-being of their citizens.

" The Government of Canada is working closely with local, provincial, territorial, and international partners to minimize the  health, economic, and social impacts in Canada and around the world, " notes the release

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/cortizo-duscusses-pandemiv-with-canadian-leader

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834 pandemic profiteers sanctioned

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Posted 13/06/2020

Panama’s Consumer Protection Authority (Acodeco)   has fined  834 merchants who did not comply with "the profit margin",  for the sale of face  masks and other anti -virus products during the coronavirus pandemic

Acodeco officials detected irregularities and among the products with the greatest number of anomalies are disinfectants, alcohol for external usel alcohol, gel  disposable masks, antibacterial soap and disposable gloves.

To   report overcharging , you can write to WhatsA pp 6330-3333 or call the citizen service line 311.

The complaints are anonymous, but must describe the faults, the name and the exact location of the commercial establishment.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/834-pandemic-profiteers-sanctioned-1

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Liberty Foundation attacks lockdown by decree

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Posted 13/06/2020

The measures imposed as a result of the coronavirus crisis  have introduced  series of challenges to the constitutional guarantees and “there is concern among civil society organizations regarding the precedents that these measures maylead to  in the future. " says Panama’s Liberty Foundation.

“ The way these restrictions have been issued lacks legal validity since they  have been given through executive decrees and not through the mechanisms specified in the Constitution for this purpose, which constitutes a violation of the Magna Carta of Panama, ” said in a statement on Saturday June 13.

The  Ministry of Health again this week established a restriction on the mobility of citizens as well as a curfew, as a measure to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus . The mobility is by gender and ID number.

"We know that it is a complex and unprecedented situation, but it is vital for the protection of citizens that the government acts within the constitutional framework requesting the collaboration of citizens and taking strict sanitary measures, without violating constitutional guarantees," said Roberto Brenes, legal representative of the Foundation.

"From Fundación Libertad, we seek transparency and consensus regarding the decisions that impact us all and educate the population of their rights and responsibilities," he added.

Since the promulgation of Cabinet Resolution No. 11 of March 13, 2020, where the State of Emergency was formally declared, based on article 79 of the Public Procurement Law, without mentioning article 55 of the Constitution - The Foundation says  - a series of controls have been implemented that suspend free transit, peaceful assembly, as well as the exercise of professions, generating "multiple economic and legal consequences" for Panamanians.

"The violation of constitutional freedoms creates a disastrous precedent for democracy and leaves citizens defenseless against future abuses of power," Brener  said.

Since  March to more than 10 legal actions have been filed before the Supreme Court against different decrees issued by the Executive. Among all the controversy over the legal procedure of the State organs, “the choice between the protection of health, which is the intention of these decrees, and the economic reactivation, as well as the restitution of more than 230,000 contracts, was presented workers across the country. ”

In the opinion of Fundación Libertad, the measures imposed by the Ministry are "unrelated to the reality of Panamanians" who must work "to bring bread home" and social aid "are not in harmony with the dignity of their beneficiaries,”

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/liberty-foundation-attacks-lockdown-by-decree

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Judges skip duties as quarantine drags on

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Posted 13/06/2020

At the beginning of the quarantine, the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) decided that it would only attend to habeas corpus and the protection of constitutional guarantees. Despite the fact that the time of the magistrates is exclusively dedicated to these issues, the resources that seek to challenge the curfew and the restrictions on constitutional rights are stagnant. In neighboring countries, the supreme courts have had the efficiency and speed to decide the unconstitutionality of presidential actions, in the midst of the pandemic.

No one questions the need for strict sanitary measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our country. The challenges promoted by a range of lawyers seek to define the scope and validity of the legal tools that the Executive Body is using to restrict freedoms and rights. 

If the pandemic continues to affect the world, and other health control measures become imperative, it is reasonable to expect the CSJ to define the limits of government actions, according to the Constitution and international human rights conventions. What is not acceptable is that a handful of magistrates skip their duties, and leave this matter  in the air.- LA PRENSA, June 13.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/judges-skip-duties-as-quarantine-drags-on-1

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Coronavirus  infections up 169% and counting

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Many of Panama's poor sleep six to a room

Posted 13/06/2020

There  were  – registers 3,207 new infections from . Covid-19  in the week ending June 13 without   counting in Saturday’s figures  so the final number  of reported  cases will ne the highest since the first, on March 9.

The number of infections this week represents an increase of 169% compared to the first week of last month (May 3-9) when the confirmed cases were 1,192.

Friday’s epidemiology report from the  Ministry of Health (Minsa) detailed 19,211 accumulated  cases accumulated in the country, of which 5,031 are active (4,537 in isolation and 494 hospitalized), 13,759 patients  recovered and 421 died..

Minsa’s aggressive testing program . with  2,034 new tests on Friday - the  third consecutive day with more than 2,000 diagnostic tests  is a contributing factor  to the increase in revealed cases

Javier Nieto, an  infectologist and member of the Minsa Coronavirus Advisory Committee, said that poverty, overcrowding, safe passages, the informal economy and the opening of Block 1 have influenced the increase.

Most of the cases are reported in the provinces of Panamá, Panamá Oeste and Veraguas, and some districts of Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí, where a high number of people live in multidimensional poverty.

The 2017  Poverty Index of Panama of shows  that there are 777,752  people in extreme poverty in the country.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/coronavirus-infections-up-169-and-counting

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Construction: Resuming Activities Postponed Again

Due to the outbreak of covid-19 the Panamanian Ministry of Health decided to extend for the third time and for 15 more days the temporary suspension of the construction activity, in the same terms expressed in Decree 506 of March 24.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The spread of the virus forced the health authorities to suspend construction work in the country. In the first instance, it was reported that as of Wednesday, March 25 and for a period of 30 days, the suspension of construction industry activities in the projects currently under development in the national territory was decreed in Panama.

When the first term was about to expire, the health authorities decided that the suspension of the activities of the construction industry should be extended for a 30-day term.

In the days surrounding the expiry of the second extension, it was also reported again that it was suspended, but at that time for the term of 15 days.

The document published in the Official Journal states that "... Within the term of the suspension, Minsa may, by means of a resolution, order the reactivation of the operation, activity and mobility of companies that develop projects and provide services to any public institution."

See "Executive Decree N°709 of June 10, 2020".

 

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

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 14, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified one upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. The flight is operated by United Airlines (flight number UA 2417) and is scheduled for 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 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 this 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 appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines 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. 

 

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Moderator comment: Below news arricle is very interesting reading because it is insight into President Corizo's thoughts about things that are likely to happen in the very near future here in Panama. Note in particular the last section about the [non-]reopening of Tocumen International Airport on June 23rd. Highlighting in the translation added by the Moderator.

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Sociedad - 13/6/20 - 12:00 AM

Presidente Laurentino Cortizo pospone apertura del bloque tres y anuncia cambio de dos ministros de Estado

Durante su visita a Epasa, el mandatario señaló que la moratoria para prestamos, servicios bancarios y la electricidad serán extendidas.

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La reapertura del tercer bloque de actividades económicas por parte del Gobierno Nacional se aplazó por una semana más, debido a la situación de casos confirmados de COVID-19 en el país.

Así lo informó el presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, durante una reunión sostenida con directivos y periodistas del Grupo Epasa, en la cual indicó que el aumento de casos positivos de coronavirus se debe a que las autoridades han salido a realizar más pruebas.

Esto se debe a que las autoridades de salud han intensificado la práctica de pruebas en el territorio nacional incluso se ha implementado casa por casa, explicó Cortizo.

El mandatario indicó que actualmente se están realizando más de 2,000 pruebas diarias y que lo ideal es que diariamente se puedan realizar 4,000 a nivel nacional.

Cortizo añadió que actualmente se está evaluando habilitar algunas camas y respiradores de transporte para pacientes positivos con este virus y se han estudiado escenarios como el Centro de Convenciones de Atlapa y la Arena Roberto Durán.

Igualmente se traerán dos hospitales carpas de Suramérica para ser instalados en la provincia de Darién y atender pacientes.

El presidente Laurentino Cortizo también dijo que los hoteles hospitales que han habilitado en diversos puntos del territorio nacional se han convertido en la solución para hogares numerosos donde hay una persona contagiada, principalmente en la zonas populares del país.

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Educación

En cuanto al tema del reinició del año escolar, el presidente señaló que debido a la situación de pandemia que el país está viviendo el mismo se hará de manera virtual y no presencial.

Agregó que la próxima semana, específicamente el día miércoles, la ministra de Educación, Maruja Gorday de Villalobos presentará un informe con los resultados de las clases virtuales y a distancia que se han estado dictando a los estudiantes de las escuelas públicas del país a través de la televisión.

Cortizo agregó que se está evaluando la posibilidad de comprar tabletas para que los estudiantes puedan recibir sus clases en forma virtual a través de este tipo de aparatos tecnológicos.

Moratorias

En cuanto al tema de la moratoria bancaria y la del pago de los servicios eléctricos, el mandatario manifestó que las mismas serán extendidas.

El presidente indicó que la moratoria bancaria se hará hasta el 31 de diciembre de este año como se había establecido desde un principio y que se tuvo una comunicación con la presidenta de la Asociación Bancaria de Panamá (ABP), Aimeé Sentmant para que se hicieran las aclaraciones sobre las dudas que hay sobre este tema.

Mientras que en el tema de los servicios de energía eléctrica, también serán extendidas por un periodo más largo, ya que las moratoria está vigente solo hasta el 30 de junio.

El gobernante indicó que en los próximos días sostendrá una reunión con los representantes de las empresas de distribución eléctrica donde se debatirá este importante tema.

Sumado a esto, el mandatario también reiteró que destinará 150 millones de dólares para la reactivación de las microempresas afectadas por este virus. Mientras que se destinarán unos 1,000 millones de dólares, que se manejarán a través de la Asociación Bancaria, para ayudar a empresas que están viendo afectadas sus operaciones por este virus.

Por otra parte, Cortizo señaló que entregó órdenes de proceder para 11 proyectos que adelanta su Gobierno a nivel nacional.

Entre estos están el proyecto habitacional de Altos de Los Lagos y otro en el distrito de La Chorrera.

VEA TAMBIÉN: Toque de queda extendido se mantiene durante el mes de junio para Panamá y Panamá Oeste

También indicó que le hubiese gustado reactivar la construcción de la calle Atalaya - Mariato, la cual tiene orden de proceder, sin embargo no lo hace porque esta obra está cerca de Santiago, comunidad que actualmente es un foco de contagios del COVID-19.

Para darle seguimiento a estos proyectos, Cortizo indicó que pronto entra en funcionamiento la Secretaría de Ejecución y Cumplimiento para darle seguimiento a estos proyectos.

En cuanto al tema laboral, el presidente Cortizo indicó que hay 240 mil panameños con sus contratos suspendidos en el país.

Cambios en el gabinete

Otro de los puntos abordados por Cortizo en la reunión con directivos de Grupo Epasa, fue la gestión de gabinete, a casi un año de haber asumido el Gobierno.

Sobre este tema, el presidente reveló que realizará dos cambios de ministros, lo cual anunciará en los próximos días, sin embargo, no señaló de qué ministros se tratan.

El mandatario aprovechó para indicar que está satisfecho con la gestión que ha llevado adelante la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, desde que se detectó la pandemia del COVID-19 en el país.

Agregó que en lo que va del año, ya se ha superado en un 50%, los decomisos de drogas en el país en comparación a los realizados durante el 2019, en donde se estableció un récord en este tipo de capturas.

Apertura de aeropuertos

Durante la visita a Editora Panamá América, el mandatario también habló sobre la reapertura de vuelos internacionales al país.

En este sentido, el presidente de la República de Panamá, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen manifestó que la reapertura de los aeropuertos para vuelos internacionales no se hará a partir del próximo 23 de junio como se tenía previsto.

 

Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article.

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Society - 6/13/20 - 12:00 AM
President Laurentino Cortizo postpones opening of block three and announces change of two state ministers

During his visit to Epasa, the president stated that the moratorium on loans, banking services and electricity will be extended.

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The reopening of the third block of economic activities by the National Government was postponed for another week, due to the situation of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

This was reported by the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, during a meeting with executives and journalists of the Epasa Group, in which he indicated that the increase in positive cases of coronavirus is due to the authorities having come out to carry out more tests.

This is because the health authorities have intensified the practice of tests in the national territory, and it has even been implemented house by house, Cortizo explained.

The president indicated that currently more than 2,000 tests are being carried out daily and that the ideal is that 4,000 can be carried out daily at the national level.

Cortizo added that it is currently being evaluated to enable some beds and transport respirators for positive patients with this virus and scenarios such as the Atlapa Convention Center and the Roberto Durán Arena have been studied.

Likewise, two hospital tents from South America will be brought to be installed in the Darien province and serve patients.

President Laurentino Cortizo also said that the hospital hotels that they have enabled in various parts of the national territory have become the solution for numerous homes where there is a person infected, mainly in the popular areas of the country.

SEE ALSO: National Lottery authorities meet with wallets to unify criteria amid pandemic

Education

Regarding the issue of the restart of the school year, the president noted that due to the pandemic situation that the country is experiencing, it will be done virtually and not in person.

He added that next week, specifically on Wednesday, the Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday de Villalobos will present a report with the results of the virtual and distance classes that have been held for students in the country's public schools through the television.

Cortizo added that the possibility of buying tablets is being evaluated so that students can receive their classes virtually through this type of technological devices.

Moratoriums

Regarding the issue of the bank moratorium and the payment of electricity services, the president stated that they will be extended.

The president indicated that the bank moratorium will be carried out until December 31 of this year as it had been established from the beginning and that there was a communication with the president of the Banking Association of Panama (ABP), Aimeé Sentmant so that the clarifications on the doubts that exist on this topic.

While on the subject of electric power services, they will also be extended for a longer period, since the moratorium is in force only until June 30.

The governor indicated that in the next few days he will hold a meeting with the representatives of the electricity distribution companies where this important issue will be debated.

In addition to this, the president also reiterated that he will allocate 150 million dollars for the reactivation of the micro-enterprises affected by this virus. While some 1,000 million dollars will be allocated, which will be managed through the Banking Association, to help companies that are seeing their operations affected by this virus.

On the other hand, Cortizo indicated that he issued orders to proceed for 11 projects that his Government is carrying out at the national level.

Among these are the Altos de Los Lagos housing project and another in the La Chorrera district.

SEE ALSO: Extended curfew is maintained during the month of June for Panama and West Panama

He also indicated that he would have liked to reactivate the construction of Atalaya - Mariato street, which has an order to proceed, however it does not do so because this work is close to Santiago, a community that is currently a focus of COVID-19 infections.

To follow up on these projects, Cortizo indicated that the Execution and Compliance Secretariat will soon come into operation to follow up on these projects.

As for the labor issue, President Cortizo indicated that there are 240,000 Panamanians with their contracts suspended in the country.

Cabinet changes

Another of the points addressed by Cortizo in the meeting with Grupo Epasa executives, was the management of the cabinet, almost a year after taking over the Government.

On this issue, the president revealed that he will make two changes of ministers, which he will announce in the coming days, however, he did not indicate which ministers are involved.

The president took the opportunity to indicate that he is satisfied with the management that Health Minister Rosario Turner has carried out since the COVID-19 pandemic was detected in the country.

He added that so far this year, drug seizures in the country have already been exceeded by 50% compared to those made during 2019, where a record was established for this type of capture.

Airport opening

During the visit to Editora Panamá América, the president also spoke about the reopening of international flights to the country.

In this sense, the President of the Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, stated that the reopening of airports for international flights will not take place as of June 23 as planned.

https://m.panamaamerica.com.pa/sociedad/presidente-laurentino-cortizo-pospone-apertura-del-bloque-tres-y-anuncia-cambio-de-dos

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As of late Sunday, June 14th, 2020 - 20,686 infected, 437 deaths, 13,766 recoveries. 91,637 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama. Still going up.

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

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Zooming virus cases slow economy reopening

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Posted 14/06/2020

Phase 3 of the move towards  the  reopening of Panama' economy will be stalled  for at least another week as  the accumulated number of cases  of COVID-19 ballooned  past 20,000 with 848 new infections confirmed in one day with  5,871 active cases straining medical services.

President Laurentino Cortizo also announced that the moratorium on loan repayments and other services such as electricity will be extended.

On Saturday, May 13 he reiterated statements by health authorities, which indicated that currently 2,000 tests a day for the virus are being carried out, however, the ideal would be to perform about 4,000 per day.

Although there is no definite date for the Phase 3  reopening of economic activities, businesses are already preparing to start operations once authorization is given. According to the methodology announced by the  Health Ministry the phases would be reactivating every 15 days, but due to the increase in cases of COVID-19, it will now depend on the behavior of the virus.

Phase 3  includes the activities of retail and wholesale trade, car sales, private sector construction, , professional and administrative services.

At the close of this Saturday, June 13, there were 20, 059 accumulated cases and 429 deaths.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/zooming-virus-cases-slow-economy-reopening

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Panama business execs send economic collapse warning

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Posted 14/06/2020

The Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede)  has warned that the effects of the  coronavirus pandemic  could mean the loss  of 250,000  jobs this year  and plunge the country in to an economic collapse.

In a statement to the country, on Sunday, June 14 the business union announced that they face a strong loss of formal jpbs as a result of the fall in demand and consumption. Furthermore, it is important to reach a consensus among all sectors of the country to overcome the crisis.

"If no immediate action is taken, before the end of 2020, we would be facing imminent economic collapse, with the loss of between 250,000 and 300,000 jobs. Of these, between 125,000 and 150,000 would be formal, particularly from micro, small, and medium-sized companies (MSMEs) in the Commerce, Industry, Logistics, Hotels / Restaurants, and Financial Services sectors, ”the statement says

Apede calls on the Government so that together with the country's living forces, private companies, workers and organized civil society, the creation of a National Pact is promoted to develop a strategy to overcome this crisis. health and economic crisis

They emphasize that to achieve a safe and effective reactivation, relevant aspects of the reopening process are evaluated. 

A comprehensive opening is proposed by region, the reactivation of the construction sector due to its multiplier effect and the establishment of a detailed plan for emergency financial assistance.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-business-execs-send-economic-collapse-warning

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Restaurants plan for post pandemic era

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Posted 14/06/2020

The restaurant industry  has been one of the hardest  hit  by the coronavirus pandemic with one in four Panama restaurants forecast  to disappear

Meanwhile a group of  local operators in the Peruvian Gastronomic Association (Agapep). determined to carry on recently received training on how to cope with this new dynamic .

They followed  the webinar "Strategies for a new business model for Peruvian restaurants in Panama in the delivery modality in the face of the COVID-19 emergency," which also addressed the way in which food should be handled and dispatched in times of pandemic.

They also delved into the characteristics of the Panamanian consumer under the online modality . The training, organized by the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Export and Tourism (Promperú) and the Peruvian Commercial Economic Office in Panama, had more than 60 participants. Among them, Teresa Mera, the director of the Commercial Offices of Peru Abroad; Gustavo García, commercial economic adviser of Peru in Panama; and Aristotle Breña, president of Agaped.

Peruvian chef Andrés Ugaz, and Alex Atencio, CEO of Iconcepts Latin America, were the exhibitors.

Restaurants, like hotels, and air transport are in the group of businesses that must open in the fourth phase, for which a  date has not yet been set
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/restaurants-plan-for-post-pandemic-era

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Overstretched hospital converts neurosurgery wing to coronavirus

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Posted 14/06/2020

The Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund (CSS), is fast running out of beds and ventilators for coronavirus patients while the numbers of infections continues to zoom over-stretching staff and facilities.

CSS  director Enrique Lau Cortés. Lau Cortés announced  Sunday  that  the neurosurgery wing  with 30 beds will be used fot virus  patients and  they will have to buy more ventilators He noted that the number of patients with COVID-19 now exceeds those with other illnesses in Intensive Care.  The newly enabled beds must be accompanied by their respective monitors, ventilators, continuous infusion pumps and other key equipment.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/overstretched-hospital-converts-neurosurgery-wing-to-coronavirus-center

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Covid-19 survivor gets  heartstopping million dollar hospital bill

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Posted 14/06/2020

A 70-year-old American who was infected with Covid-19 and hospitalized for two months in Seattle (had the unpleasant surprise of receiving an 181-page bill for more than a million dollars, the Seattle Times revealed Saturday.

Michael Flor was admitted on March 4 at the Swedish Issaquah Medical Center in Seattle. In the 62 days he spent there he was so close to death that one night the nurses telephoned for his wife and two children to say goodbye to him.

But he recovered and, amid applause and cheers from the nursing staff, he was released on May 5.

His heart was about to "stop a second time" when he received the huge bill for a total amount of $1,122,1501, the newspaper said.

The bill details the care he received and its cost: $9,736 per day for the intensive care room, almost $409,000 for his stay in a sterilized room due to the 42-day spread of the coronavirus, $ 82,000 for use of an artificial respirator for 29 days, or $ 100,000 for "last chance" care, when his prognosis was life and death for two days.

However, Flor, who is a beneficiary of Medicare senior health insurance, should not have to pay it, according to the Seattle Times.

The gigantic plan to help the American economy adopted by Congress includes a budget of $ 100 million to compensate hospitals and private insurance companies that treated Covid-19 patients

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/covid-19-survivor-gets-heartstopping-million-dollar-hospital-bill

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Exhausted medical staff as  virus crisis nears

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Posted 14/06/2020

Panama is entering a critical stage in the fight against the coronavirus. Cases are increasing at a time when the health system and particularly its staff are feeling the wear and tear of arduous months of work and the population is feeling the social and economic consequences of the pandemic.

A group of experts analyzed the picture on the  TVN  radar program    on Sunday, June 14.

Dr. Xavier Sáez Llorens said that the objective for April and May of not exceeding hospital capacity was achieved thanks to the quarantine, although he recognized that it was unsustainable for a long time to come, so it was necessary to move forward with the reopening.

He noted that Panama has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world, and follows Chile in the largest number of tests in the region and that 25% of the population has been vaccinated against influenza.

Regarding the significant increase in the number of daily cases in the last week, the dialectologist Said  that "the impact of the reopening of the first two phases was less than the excessive the issuance of safe passages circulation on the streets, as well as the violation of the quarantine measure by a percentage of the population.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/exhausted-medical-staff-as-virus-crisis-nears

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Restriction on six-pack sales hits industry and taxes

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Posted 14/06/2020

The  lifting of restrictions on the trade-in alcoholic beverages would kill the illicit increase in the illicit market for and produce tax revenue for the government says The Industrialists Union (SIP) a group representing the industry. Beer industry sales, for example, have fallen more than 50% and  they still have around $30 million in finished product inventory in warehouses and retail stores.

 The losses of the industry and the contributions to the state coffers could be millions, the SIP estimated.

“The purchase restriction measure of a six-pack of beer makes inventory turnover slow, especially the returnable bottle packaging, whose transaction is per box and cannot be executed. Beer is a perishable product and if the inventory in question were to expire, the losses would be irrecoverable, ”said the president of the union, Aldo Mangravita. The alcoholic beverages industry represents approximately 1.3% of the national GDP and generates approximately $ 125 million annually to the treasury as Selective Consumption Tax (ISC) and ITBMS.

It is estimated that for each week of restriction on the sale of alcoholic beverages, the Panamanian State stops receiving approximately $ 2.4 million in these two taxes alone, apart from other taxes paid by the industry such as ISR, Import Tax, CSS, among others. , according to Mangravita.

He also warned that if the restriction on the purchase of alcoholic beverages continues to be prolonged, it will be "unsustainable" for the industry to keep all jobs. The alcoholic beverage industry contributes more than 6,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs, which  "could not be guaranteed" if the restriction on the purchase of alcoholic beverages for consumption at home is prolonged,

“The release of home consumption sales would allow consumers to continue to acquire formal products through formal channels without restrictions, maintaining jobs, tax collection and eliminating the incentive for illegal trade and contraband, particularly adulterated and prepared drinks. homemade ”,

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/restriction-on-six-pack-sales-hits-industry-and-taxes

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Procesos administrativos en entidades del Estado se reactivarían el próximo 22 de junio

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14 jun 2020 - 12:04 PM

https://www.prensa.com/politica/procesos-administrativos-en-entidades-del-estado-se-reactivarian-el-proximo-22-de-junio/

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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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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 15, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 15, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified one upcoming humanitarian flight with seats available. The flight is operated by United Airlines (flight number UA 2417) and is scheduled for 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 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 this 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 appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines 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. 

 

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U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama   

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue   

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