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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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Front line health care workers  receive threats

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Posted 20/06/2020

Doctors and other front line health care workers in  Emergency Rooms (ER) and Intensive Care Units report who are understaffed and overstretched are receiving threats from relatives of some patients who have died from COVID-19.

In a Saturday, June 10 statement The Panamanian Association of Intensive Care Doctors  and health professionals (Aspami) denounced the threats

T he Association said that they were notified that medical staff and health personnel received "physical and psychological" threats, despite the "firm and vertical" support for the population severely affected by the ravages of this disease.

"Despite the tiredness, stress, physical and emotional fatigue that represents our areas of care, we have remained firm and committed to patients and families, even when the picture is discouraging and sometimes frustrating due to the impotence we feel facing difficulties in care and patient losses ”, says the statement

The association asks for the support of the population and the security forces to guarantee patient care and the integrity of the medical and health personnel.

"We understand the difficult circumstances of a seriously hospitalized family member, however, we reject the issuance of threats to any of the health professionals who daily go the extra mile to recover the majority of our patients," added Aspmi. .

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/front-line-health-care-workers-receive-threats

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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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People who protested  illegal restaurant meeting may face fines

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Posted 20/06/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) is analyzing the sanctioning of the people who demonstrated last Thursday night in front of the Jimmy's Grill, where the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) lawmakers and party leaders met on Thursday night flouting quarantime rules.

 The restaurant and the PRD Party have each been fined $50,000.

Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, said on Radio Panama that they received complaints so that the protesters could be investigated and sanctioned, and the ministry's legal advisory team is investigating.

According to the complainants, demonstrators violated the stipulated curfew between 7 pm and 5 am

 PRD,  lasers, urged the health authorities to investigate the protesters. “ The PRD  has already been sanctioned and the Parrillada too. And those who violated the decrees without mask without distance are clearly identified?  San Francisco  Carlos Pérez Herrera wrote on Twitter

On Thursday , protesters with flashlights in hand, questioned the fact that citizens are asked to remain confined to avoid cases of coronavirus, but, deputies are allowed to open a restaurant for a political meeting. They demanded, among other things, equal treatment.

According to Cedeño, the  restaurant meeting violated several decrees, including the one , which ordered the temporary closure of various commercial activities, including restaurants.

It was established that they can only dispatch home deliveries or take-away orders; customers cannot consume the food on the premises. The measure that prevents meetings of more than 10 people was also violated.

. The Minsa, authority in charge of sanctions, is chaired by Rosario Turner, who along with her colleagues Doris Zapata, and Eyra Ruiz, minister counselor in health issues; They signed the call for the meeting of the deputies as directives of the PRD. Initially the site chosen was the Evergreen Building on 74th Street, San Francisco. But, later they decided to do it: in Jimmy's, one block away as explained by the secretary general of the PRD, Pedro Miguel González.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/people-who-protested-illegal-restaurant-meeting-may-face-fines

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Médicos y personal de salud reciben amenazas de familiares de fallecidos por coronavirus

José González Pinilla
20 jun 2020 - 12:23 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/medicos-y-personal-de-salud-reciben-amenazas-de-familiares-de-fallecidos-por-coronavirus/

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Panama folk singer fined $10,000  for  flouting lockdown

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Posted 20/06/2020

Panama pop-folk singer Sandra Sandoval who flouted total quarantine rules on Sunday, May 24 with a trip to her Interior home linked to the widely publicized distribution of gift packs to fans has been hit with a $10,000 fine by the Ministry of Health (Minsa)  for violating mobility restrictions.

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, said on Friday, that no one was an exception to the rules and indicated that the regional director of Health in Los Santos, Ayvar Hernández, will also be sanctioned, due to the permission he issued in favor of Sandoval on May 23.

Hernández informed La Prensa that he had not been notified of the alleged administrative sanction that he would receive.

Sandoval was caught on Sunday, May 24 at the Flores community checkpoint, Hernández's permit established that she could circulate on Saturday, May 23.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama-folk-singer-fined-10000-for-flouting-lockdown-1

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Sent: 6/21/2020 8:36:15 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 21, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 21, 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 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 Sunday, June 21st, 2020 - 25,222 infected, 493 deaths, 14,359 recoveries. 105,470 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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Business leaders denounce dine and flout lawmakers

Posted 21/06/2020

Deputies who flouted quarantine regulations and met and dined in a Panama  restaurant  lacked conscience  and disrespected the trust of those who voted  for them in the last election says  Panama’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (Cciap),

In a statement issued on Sunday, June 21,  the Chamber responded to the acts and behavior of some deputies who, in addition to quarreling with the norms and customs of citizens, are "disrespectful to the trust of those who they elected with their votes in the last electoral contest. "

The employers' body said that the actions of some deputies, which leads them to rise above the legal provisions under the precept of a misinterpreted parliamentary immunity, adds to a series of situations that have shown lack of conscience, causing citizen. rejection

The event that generated protests and citizen uproar  was reported last week, when several deputies of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), including minsters met  with party leaaders in  Jimmy’s, Grill  despite the quarantine.

The Cciap said  that they expect those deputies who are far from these bad practices to superimpose their actions by differentiating themselves, raising and  enriching the level of debate within the National Assembly and not allowing them to discredit the image and work they carry out in a laudable way.

" We trust that these same parliamentarians have the vision required by the national situation and present bills that take into account the short, medium and long-term impacts, " added the Chamber.

No to re-election
"At the gates of the installation of the second legislature, we recall that, in the last elections, Panamanians gave a clear mandate for change by renewing 75% of the deputies who make up the legislative chamber, with the expectation that, with a new management, there would be really different actions far from politicking.”,

 

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948 new COVID-19 cases in one-day deaths reach 493

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Posted 21/06/2020

Panama created new record in the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, June 20 with 948 new cases bringing the cumulative total on infection since the outbreak in March to 25,222, with 493 deaths.

The Ministry of Health has expanded testing but  says it is essential that the population join the efforts to jointly combat this deadly virus by reinforcing  healthy lifestyles, such as eating properly and performing some exercise routines.

" The reports presented by the Department of Epidemiology 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 from chronic diseases.

 

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Social behavior  key to beating  virus spread

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Posted 21/06/2020

While health authorities can detect, treat, and cure the coronavirus the social behavior of the population amplified by poverty is one of the key pieces to stop the transmission says a study prepared by the Center for Scientific Research of Social Sciences (Cenics).

Luis Carlos Herrera, scientist at Cenics, said  that the epidemic has revealed the magnitude of the historical social problems of Panama society. behavior and individualism -“he who plays lives”- end up affecting everyone.

When the measures introduced  by the authorities to fight the virus  began to increase  “socially this goes against the collective imagination of the Panamanian who, for example, go   to the mall twice a week and does not like to be told  what  he can or cannot do.”

Herrera said that social problems and behaviors influence the health crisis, and are not changed in the short term, nor with laws or regulations. It is a long-term process, involving all social actors

Values
He said  that this behavior of the population is due to the fact that there are families lacking values, civility, respect for authority and in which  rebelling  proliferate; and education does not respond to the needs of comprehensive training.

Impunity and corruption have their role, because crimes are committed, and are denounced, and nobody is punished. this message, he said, the population loses respect for authority and compliance with the rules is ignored.

However, social exclusion, inequality and poverty are the backbone of the problem that leads people to fail to comply with established measures, because they are in need of going out to obtain food for their families.

Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports  show that the increase in cases is reported in townships in the provinces with the largest number of multidimensional poor: Panama, with 133,237 people in this condition, and Panama West, with 92,980  to the Panama Multidimensional [extreme] Poverty Index of 2017.

Reopening risks
Néstor Sosa,
an infectologist and former director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies said that the liberalization of physical distance measures, and the reopening of economic activities brings with it the risk of an increase in cases.

He added that this has been evident in various countries where , after implementing strict measures of the movement of people and relaxing them,  they have experienced a flare-up. "The effect is not only due to economic openness but to the perception of risk reduction by the population when activity begins to normalize," said Sosa.

sociologist Rubiela Sánchez said  that there is little fear of the virus among the population, because they have not had a close experience and there is no awareness of risk. people with little money prefer feeding their children to buying masks.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/social-behavior-key-to-beating-virus-spread

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Sent: 6/22/2020 8:16:38 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 22, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 22, 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 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 Monday, June 22nd, 2020 - 26,752 infected, 521 deaths, 14,664 recoveries. 109,990 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.

alto boquete.jpg         Note: No graphic representation for Bajo Boquete available.

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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Minsa reporta 20 decesos más y van 521 en 105 días

La cifra de muertes de ayer es la más alta a la fecha, el pico anterior se produjo el 6 de junio, con 16 muertes por SARS-CoV-2. La letalidad del país está en 1.95%.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
22 jun 2020 - 10:09 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/minsa-reporta-20-decesos-mas-y-van-521-en-105-dias/

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OPINION: The Arrogance of Power

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Proterters gathers as politicos feast

Posted 22/06/2020

The National Assembly recently contracted a sumptuous remodel exclusively for the bench of the ruling PRD. So why did they choose a restaurant to meet to make a decision of the Legislative? Because they feel unpunished. To make matters worse, with a total absence of common sense, a Minister of State attended the event, despite the fact that she knows very well the ravages caused by the health crisis.

For this reason, the protesters who reacted with a spontaneous protest made evident the outrage of Panamanians and, thus, defended public opinion by expressing their rejection of partisan political brazenness.

 It was not a miscalculation, as politicians hide, but an act of pride and contempt for citizens, who pay their wages and are victims of their decisions. When the practice of differential justice between citizens and those with political connections was already evident, now they send us the message that the rules should only be followed by defenseless citizens. Enough of so much privilege and arrogance of power. Patience ran out LA PRENSA, June 22

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-the-arrogance-of-power

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Weekend junks

Posted 22/06/2020

The Health Ministry will sanction three men found with foreign sex workers inside a ‘’ dating house" during the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, June 21, will be sanctioned by the Ministry of Health.

The owner of La Loma Garden"., the administrator  a local hospital,  is also facing sanctions as pushbuttons must remain closed until the sixth reopening phase.

The director of the National Migration Service (SNM) of Los Santos, Francisco Eloy Vega, said that it was the  National Police who surprised them.

“There was a little party there and some were in the rooms. And that is completely prohibited because they (foreigners) cannot work because this activity is still prohibited as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ” he said. 

Vega said  that the three foreigners are already under immigration orders

"The law establishes that we can fine both the garden owner and foreigners for not having a work permit," he said.

The Los Santos regional director of health of, Ayvar Hernández, recently sanctioned when singer Sandra Sandoval flouted Sunday lockdown rules,   said that the National Police and the Justice of the Peace of Las Tablas have already raised the report of the event. that occurred on the morning of this Saturday, June 20.

"We will sanction the three nationals and the business owner," said Hernández.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/quarantine-sanctions-follow-sex-party-raid-1

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Jimmygrill complainant wants Health Minister fired

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Health Minister Rosario Turnet

Posted 22/06/2020

A complaint filed in the   Public Ministry on  Monday, June 22, attacks three ministers including Dr. Rosario Turner, in the health portfolio having called a meeting in Jimmy’s, grill attended by deputies and directors of the PRD that flouted quarantine regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The call for the meeting was signed by three ministers Doris Zapata (Labor), Rosario Turner (Health), and Eyra Ruiz (counselor on public health issues), who serve as first vice president, third undersecretary and second undersecretary of the National Executive Committee of the PRD. Zapata even participated in the political meeting.

Abdiel González, who filed the complaint, said that the ministers must be separated from office and investigated for the alleged commission of crimes against public health, excess of functions and violation of the Constitution, for transgressing a decree.

The meeting was convened to define the payroll for the new board of directors of the National Assembly, which will take office on July 1. Marcos Castillero, current president of the Assembly, who is running for re-election was at the meeting which led to fines of $50,000 for both the restaurant and the PRD.

Pedro Miguel González, secretary-general of the party, exempted the ministers from responsibility and said that he was the one with the of the meeting at Jimmy's.He has asked for "donations" from the population, to cover the $50,000 fine, because the Electoral Tribunal warned that it cannot be settled with funds from the electoral subsidy.

The PRD meeting took place at a time when health authorities ask the population to comply with regulations to prevent the spread of the pandemic, which include avoiding the crowds of more than ten people and the closure of restaurants.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/jimmygrill-complainant-wants-health-minister-fired

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WHO wants stepped up production of drug to fight virus after UK study

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Effecrive and cheap

Posted 22/06/2020

The World Health Organization (WHO)  has called for increased production of dexamethasone, identified in an Oxford University study to be effective in treating those most seriously ill with COVID-19.

The WHO" wants  the potent steroid rapidly distributed worldwide."

"The next challenge is to increase production and distribute dexamethasone quickly and equitably around the world, focusing on where it is most needed," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a telematic press conference from the organization's headquarters in Geneva.

"Fortunately, it is a cheap drug and there are numerous manufacturers of dexamethasone worldwide, which can accelerate production," he added.

According to the first results of the Oxford clinical trial published last week, dexamethasone reduces mortality by one third among the most serious COVID-19 patients.

The drug is the first to show improvement among coronavirus sufferers, at a time when there is no vaccine yet. It is already used in many indications for its powerful anti-inflammatory effect. The British study has also shown that mortality is reduced by up to a fifth among less severe patients,

who were administered oxygen with a mask, without the need to be intubated?

On the other hand, the treatment has not shown any benefit for patients who do not need any respiratory assistance.

The WHO Director-General said that "dexamethasone should only be used in COVID-19 patients in serious or critical condition, under close medical supervision."

"There is no evidence that this drug works for patients with benign conditions or as a preventive measure, and could cause harm," he insisted.

Following the publication of the trial results, the UK government announced that it would use the treatment immediately to treat affected patients.

A drug from another family, the antiviral redeliver, showed some effectiveness in speeding up the recovery of patients hospitalized for COVID-19,  but it has not been shown that it can prevent deaths.

 Drugs routed by US President Trump have been widely disavowed and withdrawn from use in Panama and other countries.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/who-wants-stepped-up-production-of-drug-to-fight-virus-after-uk-study-1

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La dexametasona se suma a fármacos para Covid-19

El neumólogo, internista y asesor del Ministerio de Salud para Covid-19, Reynaldo Chandler, explicó que desde el mes de abril utilizan la metilprednisolona, porque notaron su eficacia en la atención de pacientes graves.
 
Urania Cecilia Molina
22 jun 2020 - 10:19 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/la-dexametasona-se-suma-a-farmacos-para-covid-19/

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 23, 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 flight for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  This flight is 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 flight is: 

·     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 

 

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Sent: 6/23/2020 1:02:20 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 23, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 23, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights

The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  The first flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM9234) and is scheduled for July 1.  The two other flights are operated by Spirit Airlines and are scheduled for July 2 and July 9 (flight number NK6511).  There are no additional flights confirmed 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 Miami and Ft. Lauderdale may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  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 – 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 25 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 5:00 p.m.
  •         July 1 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 3:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive at 7:15 a.m.
  •          July 2 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  •          July 9 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m.

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact the airlines directly.  These tickets will be available soon, if not already, and the Embassy encourages you to check Copa’s and Spirit’s websites 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.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.

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

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

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

Assistance:   

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov  
https://pa.usembassy.gov/  

State Department – Consular Affairs 
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444  

 

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

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Número reproductivo efectivo del COVID-19 en Panamá aumenta a 1.63

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En el informe que dio la jefa de Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa), Lourdes Moreno reveló los indicadores del COVID-19 en Panamá los que señalan que el número reproductivo de la enfermedad se elevó esta semana (del 13 al 20 de junio) a 1.63.

 

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Effective reproductive number of COVID-19 in Panama increases to 1.63

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Telemetro Reports • 23 Jun 2020 - 07:24 PM

In the report that the head of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) gave, Lourdes Moreno revealed the indicators of the COVID-19 in Panama that indicate that the reproductive number of the disease rose this week (from June 13 to 20) at 1.63.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/06/24/numero-reproductivo-efectivo-del-covid-19-en-panama-aumenta-a-1-63/2981188.html

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Nurses battling virus protest “adverse  conditions"

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Posted 23/06/2020

Panama’s  National Association of Nurses (ANEP) denounced on Tuesday, June 23, that they are facing adverse situations in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement to the country, the nurses union warned of the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gowns, which meet the quality and safety criteria.

"In order to attend to patients affected by Covid-19, in some health facilities. In addition, the lack of supplies and medications, "is reflected in the note.

ANEP  also raises the need to guarantee the continuity of means of transport for health personnel in times of risk, especially with the application of the curfew.

In the statement, it said that there is not adequate attention and timely follow-up for personnel affected by the virus.

" There is Little coverage of serological tests in health personnel and lack of updated information on the statistics of Covid-19 infected health personnel."

ANEP says that these situations and others have been disclosed to the Health authorities, but so far no responses have been received.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/nurses-battling-virus-protest-adverse-conditionsampquot-1

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HEALTH: Coronavirus could have long-term effects

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Posted 23/06/2020

Almost a third of people infected with the new coronavirus could suffer long-term ill-effects, including damage to their lungs and brain, according to leaked guidance document  For Britain’s National Health Service (NHS),

“Around 30% of patients who recover from Covid-19 may be left with damaged and scarred lung tissue,” reports  The  Daily Telegraph, which has seen the NHS England advice for GPs and community services.

“This could amount to around 100,000 of the 300,000 people who have so far tested positive in the UK.”

Since the early stages of the outbreak, doctors have been warning that “many patients will emerge from the shadow of the immediate threat of the disease only to face a range of long-term problems”, says the  Daily Mail.

In May, Professor Nicholas Hart - who treated British Prime Minister  Boris Johnson when he was hospitalized with Covid-19 - described the disease as “this generation’s polio”.

“Large numbers of patients will have physical, cognitive and psychological disability post-critical illness that will require long-term management,” Hart added. “We must plan ahead.”

Like much about the outbreak, the long-term effects of the new coronavirus are still shrouded in uncertainty.

“Covid-19 has existed for less than six months, and it is easy to forget how little we know about it,” says The Atlantic. Even with more established diseases, “the aftermath of viral infections is poorly understood”.

One mystery is why even young, healthy Covid-19 patients who recover without needing hospital treatment are suffering from persistent problems. Some have “been flattened by relentless and rolling waves of symptoms that make it hard to concentrate, exercise, or perform simple physical tasks”, the magazine reports.

In fact, “people with mild cases of the disease are more likely to have a variety of strange symptoms that come and go over a more extended period”, according to the Covid Symptom Study, a collaboration between King’s College London and health science company Zoe. 

These patients’ plight is one of many unanswered questions about Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Over the past few months, says BBC Future, “it has become increasingly clear that Sars-CoV-2 is not just a turbocharged version of the virus that causes the common cold: it has a number of quirky, unusual and sometimes terrifying traits”.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-coronavirus-could-have-long-term-effects

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20 deaths in one day brings pansemic total to 521

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Posted 23/06/2020

The  deaths of 20 people from Covid-19 , Sunday brought  Panama’s pandemic death toll to 521  The daily toll is the highest to date,  with the previous peak d on June 6, when 16  deaths were recorded, but Panama’s lethality rate at 1.95%, is well below the global percentage, of  5.22%.

The accumulated total of cases is 26,752, including 722 on Sunday. The latest report shows that that 10,820 are in isolation and  747 are hospitalized. With , 615 in wards and 132 in intensive care units pushing the system to its limits.

On Sunday 2,087 tests were carried out, with  35% positive, far from the 10% ideal for controlling the epidemic.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/20-deaths-in-one-day-brings-pansemic-total-to-521

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 Recovering Europe may close door to Americans

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Posted 23/06/2020

The European Union (EU) may decide to keep the door closed to Americans when officials meet on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss who to allow as the bloc eases controls on its borders while the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow in the US.

Diplomats of the EU, made up of 27 nations, are planning to debate the criteria to lift the brakes on non-essential travel to the eurozone from July 1 says a Bloomberg report

One of the criteria to be debated is "reciprocity," which would mean that Americans would not be allowed to enter the bloc starting next month because Europeans are still prohibited from traveling to the United States for health reasons.

Europe is trying to balance conflicting desires to revive local economies as the summer tourist season begins and protect itself against a second wave of contagion.

The restrictions were introduced in mid-March for 30 days and extended three times until June as Europe struggled to contain the coronavirus.

The New York Times reported the possible restriction to American travelers Tuesday morning.

The European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, recommended on June 11 that the governments of the member countries draw up a common list of countries outside the bloc from which visits would be allowed from July 1 on the basis of "objective criteria ”And comparable epidemiological situations.

EU diplomats could also continue their discussions this Friday, June 26 this week as they seek to agree on specific criteria to ease travel restrictions.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/recovering-europe-may-close-door-to-americans

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Rt aumentó a 1.63; hay 58 corregimientos que reportan más de 20 casos de Covid-19

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23 jun 2020 - 06:59 PM

 

 

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Rt increased to 1.63; there are 58 corregimientos reporting more than 20 cases of Covid-19

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Jun 23, 2020 - 06:59 PM

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The Rt is used to indicate that one person can at least infect another person with Covid-19 disease.

This week the effective reproductive number (Rt) of Covid-19 has increased, according to the epidemiological report revealed on Tuesday night, June 23 by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

According to the director of Epidemiology of the Minsa, Lourdes Moreno, last week the Rt in the country was 1.58, while it is currently at 1.63.

The Rt is used to indicate that one person can at least infect another person with Covid-19 disease.

In addition, the increase in Rt is due to the rise in the number of corregimientos where more than 20 new cases are registered.

Another fact that also worries the authorities is that there are currently 58 townships in the country that have reported more than 20 cases.

In these corregimientos there are currently 4,500 active cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus.

A week ago there were only 56 townships that reported more than 20 cases of the virus.

    Communiqué No. 120 # UnPanamáMejor Prot # ProtégetePanamá pic.twitter.com/Z4tq7tphrd
    - Panama Ministry of Health (@MINSAPma) June 24, 2020

Moreno also indicated that the days when the cases of the new coronavirus doubled have also decreased. At first in the country it was in 26 days, then it went to 20 days. However, the doubling time is currently 18 days.

The official emphasized that this scenario is worrisome because it reduces the doubling time of the disease, which currently has left 536 dead.

The Minsa, on the other hand, pointed out that the increase in the detection of positive cases in Panama is the result of the implementation of the aggressive test plan throughout the country.

According to the Minsa, that decision has allowed not only the detection of more positive cases, but the active search for contacts of those infected and medical follow-up.

 

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/moreno-se-incrementa-el-numero-reproductivo-efectivo-del-covid-19/

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