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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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Cierre de Tocumen se extiende hasta el 23 de julio

Alex E. Hernández V.
17 jun 2020 - 09:56 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/cierre-de-tocumen-se-extiende-hasta-el-23-de-julio/

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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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Sent: 6/18/2020 11:51:15 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 18, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 18, 2020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

 

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States.  As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.   There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.   If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future. 

 

The Embassy arranged for commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  These flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.  

 

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

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

·     June 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. 

·     June 25 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. 

  

Flights that are sold out may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airlines and the same routes.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov .  If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit. 

 

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 

 

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. 

 

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As of late Thursday, June 18th, 2020 - 23,351 infected, 475 deaths, 13,782 recoveries. 99,870 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 217 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Panama  economy reopening could be regressing   

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Israel Cedeño,

Posted 18/06/2020

As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to escalate,  instead of moving to phase 3, of the reopening of the economy Panama, could be taking a step back and canceling phase 2.

The gloomy warning came on Thursday, June 17 from Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, who, that this decision will be made, depending on the behavior of the virus and citizens.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) does not have a definite date for the opening of the third phase of economic activities, and would even consider the closure of phase  2, which started on June 1.

"We have mentioned it previously]: depending on the behavior of both the disease and the population, the decision will be made to open the third block or postpone it even further," Cedeño said, during a tour of the district of Calidonia, one of the most affected in the capital city.

"Even not allowing the opening [of phase  3], and if things continue to be aggravated by social indiscipline, we could evaluate closing the second block," he emphasized.

The government decreed a state of national emergency last March 13 and, on March 20, the closure of all shops, businesses and industries, with exceptions, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and food manufacturers.

The revival of the economic sectors was organized into six blocks. The first block (e-commerce retail, hardware stores, garages, fishing and aquaculture) was reactivated on May 13 and the second (construction of public infrastructure, non-metallic mining and industries), on June 1.

The absolute quarantine was ended, but a week later, the  Health Ministry ordered the restoration of the curfew in the provinces of Panama and Panama West, where you can only circulate according to gender and the last number of the ID.

Health authorities have indicated that the opening of the blocks is evaluated every 14 days, but 18 days after the opening of block 2, there is still no tentative date for the opening of the third block of activities.

According to Minsa figures, until June 17, Panama accumulates 22 597 confirmed cases of Covid-19;  and 470 have died and some 600 new infections are reported daily with concerns rising over the ability of the hospitals to cope,

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-economy-reopening-could-be-regressing

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New decree to raise your spirits or drown your sorrows

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Posted 18/06/2020

The latest Executive signed by  President Laurentino  Cortizo, and Health  Minister Rosario Turner,  has raised the limit imposed on the sale of alcoholic beverages during the  Covid-19 pandemic.

It comes into effect on Monday, June 22. so post lockdown Sunday the government can expect a sharp increase in tax revenue as citizens raise   a glass to lift their spirits or drown their sorrow.s

The decree also provides that it will only be sold in retail outlets and in closed containers. The sale of beverages will be for personal consumption at home

An earlier decree lifting the total ban on liquor sales said that only six units of beer, a bottle of wine or one of liquor of any type, could be sold per person -CHEERS !

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/new-decree-to-raise-your-spirits-or-drown-your-sorrows-1

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593 new  Coronavirus  cases strain hospitals, staff

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Posted 18/06/2020

Thirteen coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, June 17 brought the total to 470, while 653 new infections raised the number to  22,597  reports the Epidemiological Surveillance System of Panama.

 There are 6,987 in home isolation, 773 are in hotels, 593 are hospitalized,  with 481 in  wards and 109 in intensive care putting  strain on hospital beds and staff. both in short supply.

Panama and Panama West are the most affected provinces.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/593-new-coronavirus-cases-strain-hospitals-staff

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Muertes en sala, una tendencia durante siete días

En sus informes diarios, las autoridades de salud han revelado en siete ocasiones dónde fallecen las personas.
 
Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
19 jun 2020 - 12:46 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/muertes-en-sala-una-tendencia-durante-siete-dias/

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Desde el lunes, se elimina la restricción a la venta del licor

Olmedo Rodríguez Campos
19 jun 2020 - 01:39 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/desde-el-lunes-se-elimina-la-restriccion-a-la-venta-del-licor/

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Sent: 6/19/2020 11:00:29 AM
Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 19, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 19, 2020)  

    

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

On June 18, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 23,351 cases of COVID-19. 

 

On June 17, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through July 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

On June 7, MINSA published a resolution regarding movement restrictions in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste.  These provinces returned 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 are 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.  

  

On June 11, MINSA announced that a health cordon has been declared in the community of Iber-Gun, in the township of Cristobal, Colon Province.  Health cordons were also announced on June 4 for the communities of Pantanal and Finca 1 in Changuinola, and Solución in Bocas del Toro.  

 

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 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 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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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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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 19, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 19, 2020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

 

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States.  As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.   There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.   If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future. 

 

The Embassy arranged for commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  These flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.  

 

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

·     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. 

·     June 25 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. 

  

Flights that are sold out may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airlines and the same routes.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov .  If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit. 

 

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 

 

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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As of late Friday, June 19th, 2020 - 24,274 infected, 485 deaths, 14,359 recoveries. 99,870 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 222 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Costa Rica rolls back reopening moves

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Posted 19/06/2020

The  Government of Costa Rica has suspended phase 3 of its reopening plan scheduled to start on Saturday and has tightened restrictions on the movement of vehicles.

The moves come after detecting 119 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily figure. since the first case in the country was diagnosed.

"This figure is quite worrying because it represents a risk that we are heading towards an exponential curve," Health Minister Daniel Salas said at a press conference.

The third phase allowed the opening of churches and places of worship with limitations to the presence of a maximum of 75 people and with a distance of 1.8 meters between each attendee or between social bubbles.

In addition, this stage enabled cinemas, museums, stores and shopping malls to operate on weekends at 50% of their capacity and with distancing between people. These businesses will be able to continue operating during the week as they had been doing with phase 2 of reopening.

The Ministry of Health also decided to suspend until further notice the final of the Clausura Football Tournament

Although soccer is played without an audience, Minister Salas said that the final is suspended to avoid crowds of people at family or social gatherings or parties, and even possible fan celebrations.

The government also decided to tighten the restriction on the movement of vehicles for weekends.

Only vehicles whose license plate ends in an odd number will be able to circulate on Saturdays and on Sundays those that finish in an even number. This circulation will be allowed only to go to supermarkets, health centers, or workplaces.

Costa Rica maintains phase 2 of reopening that allows restaurants, hotels, and national parks to operate at 50% of their capacity, as well as shops, cinemas, theaters, and museums, but only during the week.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/costa-rica-rolls-back-reopening-moves

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Humanirarian flight heads for Israel

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Posted 19/06/2020

Panama’s long stream of humanitarian flights  transporting foreign citizens to their home countries continues with Israel the latest destination

The latest on Thursday, June 18, saw more than 150 Israeli passengers boarding a plane to return home, after being stranded in several nearby countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An El Al Airlines plane departed for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv with a total of 176 repatriated passengers.

The flight was achieved with the coordination of the Israeli embassies in Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia, in conjunction with the Isthmus authorities.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/humanirarian-flight-heads-for-israel

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Restaurant and political party fined-lawmakers. off the hook

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Posted 19/06/2020

the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD)  and The Parrillada Jimmy’s restaurant have each been slapped with a $50,000 fine said the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on  Friday, June 19, for violating the health regulations during a state of national emergency. due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The director of the Metropolitan Health Region, Israel Cedeño, handled the investigation after these deputies and directors of the ruling party held a meeting in the restaurant, despite the fact that these types of activities are suspended during the quarantine. The news sparked outrage among restaurant and bar owners.

Restaurants cannot serve clients on their premises Only take out service is allowed and customers take what they have bought home.

In the statement issued on Friday, the Ministry said after "receiving the report " by Cedeño,  it decided to issue the respective sanctions for those responsible for the meeting.

No reference is made to the deputies or party officials who participated in the meeting.

"The Ministry emphasizes that there will be no privileges or privileges in the event of non-compliance with the legal provisions emanating from this authority, aimed at mitigating the spread of a silent but deadly virus,"

The Chamber of Commerce also spoke out demanding consequences for the organizers of the meeting.

The PRD issued a statement in which it justified holding a meeting of its caucus in a restaurant but offered apologies for the "outrage and discomfort" that the event has aroused in the population.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/restaurant-and-political-party-fined-lawmakers-off-the-hook-1

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Gluttony of deputies mocks  Panama

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Posted 19/06/2020

After approving the bank moratorium in the third debate, a conspicuous group of PRD deputies went to meet at a well-known restaurant. While hundreds of thousands of Panamanians have nothing to eat, they enjoyed the delicious greens of Greek cuisine and seafood. They have slammed the door of the Laurentino Cortizo government and the sanitary measures that the responsible citizens of this country must comply with. With their gluttony, they would have violated the rules, the physical distancing, the use of masks, and who knows if even the dry law. They have mocked each and every Panamanian. They do not care about our health or the well-being of their drivers, cooks, and waiters, who exposed themselves to make possible the feast of the ruling party. What example can these individuals set? Hours earlier they roared from their seats supposedly defending the people. With their coexistence, it is demonstrated that the legislative work is in the hands of a band of shameless people who scoff at the citizens and who lack awareness of the enormous health and economic crisis we are suffering. - LA PRENSA, June 19

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/gluttony-of-deputies-mocks-panama

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Uproar as lawmakers flout rules and dine in restaurant

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Posted 19/06/2020

The  Ministry of Health has opened an investigation following the outrage expressed by Panama’s hard-hit  Restaurant, Bar and Club Owners Association  after a meeting  in Jimmy's Greek restaurant of  deputies of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), that flouted  restrictions in force to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,  

The meeting took place despite the fact that the Executive ordered the temporary closure of all restaurants in the country, as part of the measures to cope with COVID-19 and was also attended by PRD secretary-general, Pedro Miguel González.

“Given the events of the last few hours, it is impossible to overcome the level of anger and outrage when seeing how the administrators of a traditional restaurant with known ties to a political party make fun of an entire country, opening its doors in frank disrespect for the rules that they demand the most disciplined behavior as they are all experiencing a pandemic, ” says an Association statement.

The union highlighted that in the 100 days of the pandemic the situation has been critical and that they have strenuously faced this socioeconomic and health challenge, but that the attitude of those who participated in the meeting held at the Parrillada Jimmy's restaurant shows the highest contempt not only because of the harsh health crisis in the country but also because of the unusual lack of the h solidarity towards all businesses in this sector.

"Because of the imminent danger of promoting the spread of a terrible murderous virus in open defiance of the mandates of the Ministry of Health, today we join the national protests vigorously against the irresponsible act that more than corruption represents a fact of barbarism towards the sacrificed citizenship and, without a doubt, a slap loaded with arrogance towards the companies that we are suffering and losing everything since March 11, 2020 ”, the Association says.

"We appeal to the most serious investigations and, to prove the irregularities reported in social networks and the journalistic media, to the most exemplary and energetic punishment in strict law for each of the parties involved in what constitutes yet another act of disrespect towards the sanitary norms and towards the authorities in general during this confinement ” concludes the statement.

The PRD  in its l Twitter account said that social distancing measures were kept at all times. They do not explain how they managed to settle into a restaurant whose operations - like those of the entire sector - were suspended by order of the Health Ministry, reports La Prensa.

 

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Moratorium on Loans: Opposite Criteria in Panama

After President Cortizo partially banned the moratorium bill, the National Assembly discussed the initiative in a second debate, which was unnecessary for the Superintendent of Banks, who said that the banks had already implemented the necessary measures.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Despite the fact that on May 4 President Laurentino Cortizo and the representative of the Panamanian Banking Association, Aimee de Grimaldo, signed an agreement to extend the moratorium until December 31, 2020 due to the economic crisis caused by covid-19, the deputies declared themselves in permanent session to discuss the moratorium project (already banned by the president) in second debate in extraordinary sessions from June 15 to 18.

See "Credits in Panama: Moratorium Until the End of 2020"

Amauri Castillo, head of the Superintendency of Banks, told Panamaamerica.com.pa that "... There is no need to make the moratorium project a law of the Republic, given that the banks have promoted the necessary measures and the initiative only contemplates a part of the reality."

Castillo said that "... the banks are asking the client to justify why they cannot pay by the end of the year and make an arrangement, since it is the most prudent and necessary thing to do. At the moment there is a lot of uncertainty and it is fundamental that the banks have contact with their clients."

From the National Assembly's statement:

June 16th, 2020. The legislative plenary concluded the first round in the discussion of the Bill No.287 that dictates economic and financial measures to counteract the effects of the COVID -19 in the Republic of Panama.

The deputies declared themselves in permanent session to discuss in second debate the project of moratorium in extraordinary sessions from June 15 to 18, which was banned by President Laurentino Cortizo.

The deputy president of the Government Commission, Leandro Avila, presented the report of the veto of Bill 287 due to its lack of effectiveness before the legislative plenary session, indicating that they are prepared to hold an in-depth debate, where they assured that the document is only exclusive for the issue of a moratorium.

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

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Más de 1,500 unidades de la Policía Nacional afectadas con COVID-19

Los miembros de la Policía Nacional, por figurar en la primera línea de batalla trabajando con las autoridades sanitarias, están expuestas a contagiarse de esta peligrosa y mortal enfermedad.

Luis Ávila
Actualizado: 20/6/20 - 01:10 am

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En medio de la pandemia, los uniformados también han estado haciendo recorridos para darle ánimo a la ciudadanía. Archivo

Unas 1,559 unidades de la Policía Nacional (PN) han resultado contagiadas hasta el momento con coronavirus, informó su director Jorge Miranda.

De este total de contagiados, 676 ya están recuperados y de vuelta en sus puestos de trabajo, mientras que 187 todavía siguen afectados y 150 están en cuarentena por posible positivo en COVID-19.

Agregó que lamentablemente dos unidades han perdido la vida víctimas de esta mortal enfermedad respiratoria.

Miranda manifestó que las unidades que han salido afectadas por el coronavirus reciben el apoyo de la institución, además se ha realizado un trabajo de sanitización en los cuarteles y se reforzó la higiene personal.

Los miembros de la Policía Nacional, al igual que los de otras instituciones de seguridad pública del país, como el Senan y el Senafront, se encuentran en la primera línea de batalla para hacer que los panameños cumplan con las medidas de cuarentena que eviten la propagación del virus.

El jefe policial dijo que por esta nueva faceta que les ha tocado vivir por la pandemia la Policía ha tenido que reajustarse y reinventarse para hacer cumplir las leyes en las calles.

No obstante, las unidades están capacitadas para tener cierto nivel de comprensión, porque los ciudadanos padecen mucha ansiedad por el confinamiento que viven.

Miranda indicó que esta situación ha provocado que en algunas ocasiones se registren choques entre los ciudadanos y los uniformados en las calles.

Sin embargo, a pesar de los inconvenientes que se han podido producir, Miranda reconoce el trabajo que están realizando las unidades policiales en las calles y que han asumido el compromiso con lealtad a la institución y al país, sin importantes, incluso, que se les hayan recortado sus horas de descanso.

También resaltó que hay unidades que no han podido ir a ver a sus familiares en el interior del país, por que se han mantenido prestando sus servicios en la ciudad capital.

"Hemos creado un protocolo para reactivar las pruebas físicas dentro de la institución y lo sometimos a consideración del Ministerio de Salud, que ha dado el aval para implementarlo, guardando el distanciamiento físico y con grupos reducidos", aseguró, por otra parte.

El director confirmó, además, que la mayoría de los delitos han disminuido durante la pandemia de coronavirus, pero hizo la salvedad de que los homicidios se incrementaron debido a la lucha entre pandillas y el tráfico de drogas.

El jefe policial destacó que los asesinatos se están dando con más frecuencia en las residencias.

 

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More than 1,500 National Police units affected with COVID-19

The members of the National Police, because they appear in the front line of battle working with the health authorities, are exposed to catching this dangerous and deadly disease.

Luis Ávila
Updated: 6/20/20 - 01:10 am

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In the midst of the pandemic, the uniformed officers have also been making tours to encourage citizens. Archive

Some 1,559 units of the National Police (PN) have so far been infected with coronavirus, reported its director Jorge Miranda.

Of this total infected, 676 are already recovered and back at their jobs, while 187 are still affected and 150 are in quarantine for possible positive in COVID-19.

He added that unfortunately two units have lost their lives victims of this deadly respiratory disease.

Miranda stated that the units that have been affected by the coronavirus receive the support of the institution, in addition, sanitation work has been carried out in the barracks and personal hygiene has been reinforced.

Members of the National Police, like those of other public security institutions in the country, such as the Senan and the Senafront, are on the front lines of enforcing Panamanians to comply with quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

The police chief said that due to this new facet that they have had to live through the pandemic, the Police have had to readjust and reinvent themselves to enforce the laws on the streets.

However, the units are trained to have a certain level of understanding, because citizens suffer a lot of anxiety about the confinement they live.

Miranda indicated that this situation has sometimes caused clashes between citizens and uniformed people on the streets.

However, despite the inconveniences that may have occurred, Miranda acknowledges the work being carried out by the police units on the streets and that they have made a commitment with loyalty to the institution and the country, without even important that they have cut their hours of rest.

He also highlighted that there are units that have not been able to go see their relatives in the interior of the country, because they have continued to provide their services in the capital city.

"We have created a protocol to reactivate the physical tests within the institution and we submitted it to the consideration of the Ministry of Health, which has given the guarantee to implement it, keeping the physical distance and with small groups," he assured, on the other hand.

The director further confirmed that most crimes have decreased during the coronavirus pandemic, but noted that homicides increased due to inter-gang fighting and drug trafficking.

The police chief stressed that murders are occurring more frequently in residences.

 

https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/sociedad/mas-de-1500-unidades-de-la-policia-nacional-afectadas-con-covid-19-1166058

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Ministras desafiaron normas de cuarentena

Zapata estuvo en la reunión del PRD en Jimmy’s; ella, con Turner y Ruiz, convocaron al encuentro político.
 
Eliana Morales Gil Aminta Bustamente
20 jun 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/ministras-desafiaron-normas-de-cuarentena/

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Son ‘faltas graves’ las violaciones a decretos: Cedeño

Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
20 jun 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/son-faltas-graves-las-violaciones-a-decretos-cedeno/

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Escándalo de diputados del PRD salpica a ministras

El Minsa multó al restaurante y al PRD. No dijo nada de la participación de Zapata en la reunión; tampoco de que Turner fue una de las que convocó a la cita.
 
Eliana Morales Gil Aminta Bustamante
20 jun 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/escandalo-de-diputados-del-prd-salpica-a-ministras/

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Instalan centro de trazabilidad de Covid-19 en Chiriquí

Flor Bocharel Q.
19 jun 2020 - 12:40 PM

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/instalan-centro-de-trazabilidad-de-covid-19-en-chiriqui/

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OPINION: A government and hospital crisis

Posted 20/06/2020

Intensive care units (ICUs) are very close to the saturation point. The increase in infections from Covid-19 is causing a hospital crisis, in which we are facing a lack of space and fatigue of health personnel. The authorities' responses seem insufficient, in the face of a possible overflow of sick Panamanians, who will not find adequate care.

This problem calls for a strategy of the national government, which has been lost amid skirmishes of an institutional crisis, caused by the lack of credibility of senior members of the administration, and by the bungling of the feast of the PRD deputies. The trust of citizens is essential for sanitary measures to work, and to make economic recovery viable.

Cosmetic changes, the word games and the bombastic announcements of working tables that do not work and of economic strategies that nobody knows must stop. The next situation is the worst stage of the crisis. We need a government that tells the truth and knows what it does. - LA PRENSA, June 20

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-a-government-and-hospital-crisis

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Con récord de 948 nuevos casos, Panamá supera los 25 mil contagios de COVID-19

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Panamá supera los 25 mil casos de COVID-19

Linda Batista

En las últimas 24 horas, Panamá registró 948 nuevos casos, que elevan la cifra de contagio a 25,222, según indicó el Ministerio de Salud.

En tanto se reportaron 8 nuevas defunciones, aumentando a 493 la cifra de fallecidos por este virus en el país, lo que representa una tasa de letalidad de 2.0%.

Hay 14,359 pacientes recuperados clínicamente.

De acuerdo con el informe epidemiológico, de los pacientes activos 9,730 están en aislamiento domiciliario (722 recluidos en hoteles), mientras que otros 640 están hospitalizados (519 en sala, 121 en cuidados intensivos).

Según el grupo etario, los pacientes con edades entre 20 a 59 años continúan siendo los más afectados en cuanto a contagio, sin embargo la mayoría de las defunciones corresponden a mayores de 60 años.

A continuación el desglose de casos por provincia:

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Desglose de casos positivos a nivel nacional. Minsa

La entidad detalló que para reforzar los esfuerzos en la detección de más casos positivos, el Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas recibió 10 mil pruebas de PCR para diagnosticar COVID-19 donados por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS).

Además, este sábado, la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner coordinó con el ministro de Seguridad Juan Pino, el reforzamiento de la seguridad en los hospitales donde el personal médico lucha día y noche contra el COVID-19.

Por otro lado, el Minsa indicó que los informes presentados por el Departamento de Epidemiología destacan que el 95% de los pacientes hipertensos, diabéticos y con otras enfermedades crónicas afectados por COVID-19 fallecen y el 13% del total de casos acumulados en Panamá padecen de enfermedades crónicas, por lo que recomiendan alimentarse de manera adecuada, realizar algunas rutinas de ejercicios dentro de las actuales limitaciones, y evitar el consumo de tabaco y licor.

 

 

 

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With a record of 948 new cases, Panama exceeds 25 thousand COVID-19 infections

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Panama exceeds 25 thousand cases of COVID-19

Linda Batista • Jun 20, 2020 - 05:55 PM

In the last 24 hours, Panama registered 948 new cases, bringing the contagion figure to 25,222, according to the Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, 8 new deaths were reported, increasing the number of deaths from this virus in the country to 493, which represents a 2.0% case fatality rate.

There are 14,359 clinically recovered patients.

According to the epidemiological report, 9,730 of the active patients are in home isolation (722 are confined in hotels), while another 640 are hospitalized (519 in the ward, 121 in intensive care).

According to the age group, patients with ages between 20 and 59 years continue to be the most affected in terms of infection, however, most deaths correspond to those over 60 years of age.
The following is a breakdown of cases by province:

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Breakdown of positive cases at the national level. Minsa

The entity detailed that to reinforce efforts in the detection of more positive cases, the Gorgas Commemorative Institute received 10,000 PCR tests to diagnose COVID-19 donated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

In addition, this Saturday, the Health Minister, Rosario Turner, coordinated with Security Minister Juan Pino, the strengthening of security in hospitals where medical personnel fight day and night against COVID-19.

On the other hand, the Minsa indicated that the reports presented by the Epidemiology Department highlight that 95% of hypertensive, diabetic and other chronic diseases affected by COVID-19 die and 13% of the total accumulated cases in Panama suffer chronic diseases, so they recommend eating properly, perform some exercise routines within the current limitations, and avoid tobacco and liquor consumption.

 

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COMMUNIQUE # 117

MINSA asks the population to reinforce healthy lifestyles to combat COVID-19

Prevention and healthy lifestyles are determining factors to avoid contagion and cope with COVID-19 in Panama.

The reports presented by the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health highlight that 95% of the hypertensive, diabetic and other chronic diseases affected by C91 / ID-19 die and 13% of the total accumulated cases in Panama suffer from diseases. Chronicles.

So eating properly, doing some exercise routines within the current limitations, avoiding tobacco, liquor and applying the hygiene recommendations that have been recommended since the start of the pandemic help to cope with this virus.

Panama has increased the process of the active search of cases as well as the installed nature of the hospitals enabled for COVID-19 of the Ministry of Sa (you (IVllNSA) and the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) ef! Todo However, it is essential for the population to join efforts to jointly combat this deadly virus.

Although it is true in recent days, a significant number of cases have been detected, this is due to the fact that the propaganda campaign won the community battle against COVID-19.

Precisely to reinforce efforts in the detection of more cases. positive, the Gorgas Commemorative Institute received 10,000 PCR tests to diagnose COVID-19 donated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

In addition, this Saturday, the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner coordinated with the Minister of Security Juan Pino, the reinforcement of security in hospitals where medical personnel fight day and night against COVI D-19.

Epidemiological report

There are 4,276,300 people recovered in the world, while 8,698,234 positive cases of COVID-19 and 460,783 deaths are counted with a fatality rate of 5.30%.

For today, Saturday, June 20, in Panama there are 14,359 recovered patients, 948 new positive cases, for a total of 25,222 accumulated, of which 10,370 are active cases.
In home isolation there are 9,730 registered, of which 9,008 are at home and 722 are in a hotel. The hospitalized number 640 and of them 519 are in the ward and 121 in the Intensive Care Unit.

8 new deaths are registered for a cumulative total of 493 and a case fatality of 2.0%.

The Minsa reiterates to the population to continue implementing measures such as physical distancing, constant handwashing and the correct use of masks, which are efficient in eradicating COVID-19.

All official information regarding the pandemic in Panama and the actions of the National Government are communicated through the official accounts of MINSA on the main social networks and on its website (www.minsa.gob.pa and yomeinformopma.org). Available at the 16g call center and the WhatsApp number 69972539.

Panama, June 20, 2020

 

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923 coronavirus  cases in one day sets new record

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Posted 20/06/2020

Panama added   923  new cases of COVID- 19 in the last 24 hours,  the highest daily total since the pandemic arrived, bringing the total of recorded infections to 24,274 The Ministry of Health reported that 10 deaths on Friday, June 19,  raised the total to 485.  

There are 9,430 active cases with 8,804 in  home  isolation, 503 in hospital wards and 123 in Intensive Care

The Social Security Fund (CSS) reported, that the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital Complex 'Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid) is close to reaching its maximum capacity

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/923-coronavirus-cases-in-one-day-sets-new-record

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