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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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Salud explora opciones para liberar hospitales

Un promedio de cinco nuevos pacientes ingresa por día a cuidados intensivos del Complejo Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS).
 
Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo / Aleida Samaniego C.
28 jun 2020 - 12:04 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/salud-explora-opciones-para-liberar-hospitales/

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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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I have been searching for this kind of detail for weeks but to no avail. When I go to the Minsa website it now cuts off the display of detailed information at 9 cases per city/location.

Can you provide a URL to this information?

Not really. However, I access the info by going to the same map of Panama at the MINSA site with the orange dots (like a country with the measles) and then clicking on the individual dots. This gives me the detail you want. If you go by the page that lists all the infected towns/cities, you get the raw number which includes recuperados which we should no longer be counting.

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

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Sent: 6/28/2020 11:33:34 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 28, 2020)
 

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

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights

 

The Embassy has identified one upcoming humanitarian flight with seats available.  The flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM9234) and is scheduled for July 1.  There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in 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:

 

  •  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 (SOLD OUT), 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 (SOLD OUT), 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/  
 

 

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With 30,658  COVID-19 cases, 592 deaths Panama heads region

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Posted 28/06/2020

With 753 new COVID-19  infections and 17 deaths, Panama reached a  total of 30,658 cases and 592 deaths on Saturday, June 27 confirming its unenviable ranking as the country with the most cases in Central America and the Caribbean There are 13,828 people in isolation, (13,116 at home and 712 are in hotel-hospitals). 
Hospitalized, patients total  868: (727 in wards and 141 in  Intensive Care Units) .

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/with-30658-covid-19-cases-592-deaths-panama-heads-region

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494 curfew busters arrested

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Posted 28/06/2020

Some   494 people were detained in different parts of the country, for breach of the curfew, in the previous 24   the National Police (PN) reported on Sunday, June 28. In parallel operations, they rounded up 74 people wanted by the justice systems,  including sex offenders and drug traffickers and seized three firearms and recovered three stolen cars.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/494-curfew-busters-arrested

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OPINION: Hospital crisis seeks leadership

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Posted 28/06/2020

The country's public and private hospitals are working at full capacity. At this point, it is necessary to have an additional availability of hospital space, to appropriately serve the patients of the Covid-19, without neglecting the other hospitalized. Government spokesmen have indicated the possibility of temporarily conditioning the Atlapa Convention Center or the Ciudad de la Salud project, as new hospital facilities. These plans need more visibility and the collaboration of different sectors to carry them out. The donation offered by a Chinese contractor to convert the Amador convention center into a 1,500-bed hospital echo in the distance. While the weight of past and recent political decisions haunts the management of the President of the Republic, It is evident that each day the population has adopted its own rhythm of openness or lack of confinement, which already goes beyond the few checkpoints and the limited sanitary controls. The country needs leadership and clarity on critical decisions, which those who want to be protagonists must assume with full responsibility. - LA PRENSA, June 28

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/opinion-hospital-crisis-seeks-leadership

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El reto de la epidemiología está en zonas vulnerables del país

El científico Jean Paul Carrera considera que los casos reportados este mes no obedecen a una segunda ola, sino a una extensión de la primera.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
28 jun 2020 - 11:04 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-reto-de-la-epidemiologia-esta-en-zonas-vulnerables-del-pais/

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Bocas del Toro sobrepasa los mil casos de Covid-19; ordenan cierre de Municipio de Changuinola por contagios

Pedro Rodríguez Sanjur / José González Pinilla
28 jun 2020 - 11:13 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/consultan-al-procurador-viabilidad-de-mantener-gastos-de-representacion/

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

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Sent: 6/29/2020 8:22:52 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 29, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 29, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights

 

The Embassy has identified one upcoming humanitarian flight with seats available.  The flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM9234) and is scheduled for July 1.  There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in 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:

 

  •  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 (SOLD OUT), 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 (SOLD OUT), 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  

 

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CDC: Here Are 3 ‘New’ Covid-19 Coronavirus Symptoms To Make 12

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/06/27/cdc-here-are-3-new-covid-19-coronavirus-symptoms-to-make-12/#78e02ba159cc

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Sent: 6/29/2020 1:53:56 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 29, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 29, 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 other two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight number UA2417) and are scheduled for July 10 and 17.  There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Miami and Houston may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States.

 

NOTE – 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:

 

  •  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 (SOLD OUT), 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 (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  • July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. (departure and arrival time subject to change)
  • July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. (departure and arrival time subject to change)

 

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, Spirit’s, and United’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  

 

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As of late Monday, June 29th, 2020 - 30,658 cases, 592 deaths, 15,370 recoveries. 125,570 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama.

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Alto Boquete now reporting 15 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 cases. It appears now that Minsa records now incorporate the recent new case in Jaramillo.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 230 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Island of flowers  registers first virus cases

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Posted 29/06/2020

Isla Taboga, The Island of Flowers, and a popular tourist destination during normal times, which had been free of COVID-19, recorded its first five cases on the weekend reports  the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

.The first case virus was transmitted by an 18-year-old  who had spent three days off the island  said Israel Cedeño director of the Metropolitan Health Region.  The young man returned with shortness of breath and went to the community health center, where a swab test confirmed that he is infected with SARS-CoV-2.

A second case was confirmed in a 53-year-old man, who visited a supermarket in the capital and later, on the occasion of the celebration of Father's Day, held an event at his residence, which was attended by 12 people.

In the following days, he presented fever discomforts and was diagnosed positive for Covid-19, like three others at the meeting, whose ages were 18, 22, and 91., Cedeño said.

By  June 28 the virus  claimed the lives of 604 people and sickened 31 686 across the country.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/island-of-flowers-registers-first-virus-cases

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Shorter hours less pay for economic recovery

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Posted 29/06/2020

A  temporary reduction of the working day leading to smaller take-home pay is one of the agreements reached between employers and workers at the dialogue table for three groups seeking Panama’s economic reactivation. The plan is set ro be formalized at a plenary meeting today, June 29 and will be announced on Wednesday by President Laurentino Cortizo according to a La Prensa report

The agreement was reached on  Saturday, June 27, Working hours would be reduced, even if the national emergency declaration is lifted.

This implies a temporary reduction in wages, as has happened up to now, but would allow more jobs in the face of the limit505of their usual income.

This would be done respecting the Labor Code which establishes that in times of serious national economic crisis, fortuitous event, or force majeure, duly verified by the labor authorities, you can temporarily modify or reduce work hours with the consent of the union or workers.

The business sector has asked that the suspension of contracts be extended until December.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/shorter-hours-less-pay-for-economic-recovery

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Major hospital complex totally dedicated  to virus fight

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Posted 29/06/2020

 Faced with a surging number of COVID-19  cases requiring hospitalization Health authorities are working on a strategy to convert a major hospital complex with nearly 900 beds into a center exclusively for patients with the virus.

The revelation came from Enrique Lau Cortés director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), on Sunday morning during a tour of the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex (CHAAM. The hospital center, commonly known as "La  Especializada",  which has already converted several specialty wards into coronavirus centers, would have the exclusive task of caring for COVID-19 patients, Others will be attended in hospitals in the metro region.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/major-hospital-complex-totally-dedicated-to-virus-fight

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COVID-19 death toll at 604 as cases rise to 31,686

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Posted 29/06/2020

With1,028  new cases of COVID-19 the total number of infections since the pandemic struck Panama in March reached 31,686 on Sunday June 28.

With 17 new deaths, the toll climbed to. 604.

There are 852 people hospitalized, 712 in wards, and 140 in Intensive Care

The Ministry of Health reported that it is making efforts to increase the installed capacity of hospital centers while seeking alternatives to locate new care centers for COVID-19 positive patients.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/covid-19-death-toll-at-604-as-cases-rise-to-31686

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Hospitales de la ciudad capital están saturados de pacientes

Urania Cecilia Molina
30 jun 2020 - 12:13 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/hospitales-de-la-ciudad-capital-estan-saturadosde-pacientes/

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Murciélagos cargan con la culpa de la pandemia

Más estigmatizados que nunca por la crisis del nuevo coronavirus, los murciélagos son un importante eslabón en la cadena de la naturaleza.
 
Roy Espinosa
29 jun 2020 - 10:11 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/murcielagos-cargan-con-la-culpa-de-la-pandemia/

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

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Sent: 6/30/2020 8:47:36 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 30, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 30, 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 other two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight number UA2417) and are scheduled for July 10 and 17.  There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Miami and Houston may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States.

 

NOTE – 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:

 

  •  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 (SOLD OUT), 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 (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  • July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. (departure and arrival time subject to change)
  • July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. (departure and arrival time subject to change)

 

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, Spirit’s, and United’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  

 

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Construction in Panama: Uncertainty Continues

The Ministry of Health decided to extend for the fourth time and for 15 more days the temporary suspension of the construction activity, arguing that it seeks to prevent, control and mitigate the covid-19 disease.

Monday, June 29, 2020

On June 26, 2020, Executive Decree No. 840 was published in the Official Journal, by which the resumption of private construction projects was postponed until July 11.

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The construction industry has already been paralyzed for more than three months, since in the first instance it was reported that as of Wednesday, March 25 and for a period of 30 days, the suspension of the activities of the construction industry in the projects currently under development in the national territory was decreed in Panama.

See "Apartment Rentals: Interests in Central America"

The document published in the Official Journal reviews that "... Within the term of the suspension, the Ministry of Health may order by resolution, the reactivation of the operation, activity and mobility of companies that develop projects and provide services to any public institution, whose temporary suspension of activities is due to orders issued by the Executive Branch, due to the validity of the State of National Emergency."

See "Executive Decree No. 840 dated 24 June 2020".

 

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

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Toque de queda seguirá los fines de semana de julio; leve baja del Rt

El número reproductivo efectivo (Rt) de la semana epidemiológica que va del 21 al 27 de junio fue 1.42; la semana anterior estaba en 1.63.
 
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30 jun 2020 - 09:51 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/toque-de-queda-seguira-los-fines-de-semana-de-julio-leve-baja-del-rt/

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Panama hospitals swamped at over 90% capacity

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Posted 30/06/2020

Public and private hospitals in the Panama City metropolitan area are saturated with a capacity of over 90%  leaving the newly formed  Health Advisory Council scrambling to find beds for COVID-19 patients and those with other pathologies. Intensive Care Units are especilly stressed.

The pulmonologist and advisor to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) Reynaldo Chandler said that the ideal capacity in any is that the occupation does not exceed 85% and the Council faces the challenge of enabling more beds in rooms and intensive care

The spread of the virus among overstretched healthcare workers is also causing concern with six new cases detected in staff at Hospital Santo Tomas (HST) and in a Minsa office.

Having enough beds to care for all patients including intensive care units– is one of the situations that worry advisers and members of the  Council, and between 600 and 1,000 new  coronavirus cases are detected daily/

Mathematical models that have been used since the virus appeared in the country on March 9 suggest that 20% of patients will reach hospitals, in  both wards and ICUs

The pulmonologist and advisor to the Health Ministry Reynaldo Chandler said that alternatives are being sought such as the use of the Amador convention center, and in the reversed areas of the Ancón township, although this has not yet materialized.

He added that there are other options that have already been put into operation, such as the Panama Solidario Integrated Hospital, which since Sunday has had 15 more beds for patients with the Covid-19 joining the 25 they were already in use for critically ill patients, in intensive care.

Some 100 beds for the care of  critically ill Covid-19 patients will be prepared at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Minsa.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-hospitals-swamped-at-over-90-capacity

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Interhospital control center as virus cases reach 32,785

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Posted 30/06/2020

With an increase of 1,099 new cases in 24 hours the total of detected COVID-19 cases in Panama swelled to 32,785 on Sunday, June 28 and the death total rose to 620.

He adds that the patients recovered are 15,595 and There were  3,225 tests for the coronavirus bringing the total to 128,795.There are 15,679  in isolation and (718 in hospital hotels).

Hospitalized patients total  891 (744 are in wards  and 147 in intensive care)

As the virus threatens hospital capacity, an   Interhospital Control Center was installed on Monday, June 29  at the Ministry of Health headquarters, to coordinate between Minsa and the Social Security Fund (CSS).

The  center aims to "make a permanent analysis of the installed capacity of the different medical centers in the country to provide more efficient care and facilitate their management and lead to the proper administration of each of the hospitals."

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/interhospital-control-center-as-virus-cases-reach-32785

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

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 1, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 1, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights

 

The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  The flights are operated by United Airlines (flight number UA2417) and are scheduled for July 10 and 17.  There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Houston may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States.

 

NOTE – 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:

 

  •  July 2 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), 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 (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  • July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m.
  • July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 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 Spirit’s and United’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  

 

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25 frontline healthworkers hit by virus, one dead

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Posted 01/07/2020

Some 25  frontline staff from the Social Security Fund (CSS) of Panama West, involved in testing and tracing Covid-19. including doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators, have been infected with the virus.

The of Panama West, , inter-institutional director Herminia Mariscal said on Tuesday, June 30, that of the 25 s who acquired the disease, one died, while another was fighting for life  in intensive care.

"We have a very high risk.  It is at our side every minute, "said the doctor who leads efforts to search, find and trace contacts of people  tested positive of  Covid-19 in areas of high infection such as the township of Arraiján-Cabecera.

Mariscal said that the risk occurs, despite the fact that they have all the necessary security tools to protect themselves, given that until now they have managed to supply themselves, but there is increasing concern about the "exhaustion" that many suffer from continuous long shifts but they still carry on.

The Ministry of Health epidemiological report shows that 5,838 Covid-19 cases have been registered in West Panama, with the Arraiján district reporting the most cases with 1,400

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/25-frontline-healthworkers-hit-by-virus-one-dead

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