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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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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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For those seeking MINSA numbers, here's the URL:  MINSA site

Note the map of Panama with plentiful orange dots that looks like the measles.

Click and drag the map so Chiriqui is in the center then click "+" to enlarge.

Locate the dot closest to your town of interest and click it. A pop-up box will give you the data for that town. If it doesn't, it will tell you this represents multiple towns. Click the link inside the box that says "Browse Features" and it will show you the data for the individual towns.

It will break down cases among Recuperado (recovered), Fallecido (fatality), UCI (in intensive care) Hospitalizado (hospitalized) and Aislamiento Domicilia (home quarantined). Add together the last three categories to get the number of active cases.

The recent updates have added a scary and stupid ".00" after the number as if there might be people that are, say, half-infected. Simply ignore it. If the total says "7.00", that means seven cases, not 700.

Bajo Boquete appears to have four active cases as of Midnight Tuesday the 14th. Los Naranjos has 6 active cases. Jaramillo shows one active case.

Alto Boquete has swelled to 18 active cases. Volcan has 16 active cases and Dolega has 30.

Las Lomas has 64 active cases while David now has 431 (oddly, none in ICU).

In Puerto Armuellas, there are 119.

These are government numbers and I cannot vouch for their accuracy. Whatever your beliefs about the crisis, it's clear that the virus is in practically every community in Chiriqui and we should all take appropriate precautions in public, including wearing masks (it's the law), maintaining social distancing whenever possible and stay at home as much as possible. Get some sun (vitamin D) and eat citrus fruits (vitamin C) to help your immune system. Also, be civil to those around you. There's no need to panic. Anxiety and stress reduce your body's ability to fight disease.

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Health and Economy Decisions This Week - Cortizo

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La Prensa cartoonist Low's take pn President Cortizo's virus challenges

Posted 13/07/2020

“Important decisions”  on the economy and the fight against Covid-19 will be announced this week said President Laurentino Cortizo Sunday, July 12  following a meeting with the Advisory  Health Council.

"Important decisions have been taken obviously seeking the balance between health, social and economic, and in that sense, I feel very calm and they  should be announced probably Tuesday or mid-week,

"I feel good, calm ... things are going to get better. Right now we are going through a regrowth, many countries are going through the same thing, but adjustments are being made and from this, we are going to come out and we are going to go well, God first. "he added.

Leading Medical Associations have called for a mandatory two-week total quarantine, which the Council analyzed.

The Advisory Council is made up of the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, the Advisory Minister Eyra Ruiz; the former Health Ministers: Jorge Medrano, Francisco Sánchez Cárdenas and Camilo Alleyne. In addition, the general director of the Social Security Fund, Enrique Lau Cortés, and the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama, Enrique Mendoza.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-and-economy-decisions-this-week-cortizo

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

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

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  • July 15 Copa Airlines flight CM4982 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. 
  • July 16 Copa Airlines flight CM4951 to New York, NY, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 8:15 p.m. 
  • (SOLD OUT) July 17 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

    

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.  

  

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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Total weekend lockdown starts Friday

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Posted 14/07/2020

Starting on Friday, July 17 in the provinces of Panama and Panama West  there will be a  total quarantine through the weekend until 5 am on Monday, July 20  when staggered working hours will be introduced in the private and public sectors.

 Health Minister  Francisco Sucre made the announcement on Tuesday, July 14

in the Public sector, work will begin at 9:00 am while in the private sector the entrance to offices and companies will be at 8:00 am starting on July 19. With this measure, the crowding of people on public transport will be avoided he said.

In the meantime  the opening of a part of phase  3 in the province of Los Santos is being analyzed.

The same analysis is carried out to open a part of block 4 that includes restaurants, barbecues, and inns he said, The statement comes  US statea are rolling back on premature openings which have led to a massive surge in coronavirus cases.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/total-weekend-lockdown-starts-fridayquarantine

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Minsa regresa a cuarentena total de fines de semana

La medida será en las provincias de Panamá y Panamá Oeste, donde se concentra la mayor cantidad de casos.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
15 jul 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/minsa-regresa-a-cuarentena-total-de-fines-de-semana/

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Freeze on construction projects extended

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Posted 14/07/2020

The  Panama construction industry  which generates at least 70,00 will remain frozen at least, until July 26.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) decided to extend the suspension order - which was to end on July 10 - for 15 more days,

The industry has been paralyzed since March 24, as a health measure to help stem the advance of the coronavirus..

It was assumed that in the second block of the economic revival plan - which came into effect on June 1 -would be   the construction of public infrastructure works. However, there has been little progress  

The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) with the endorsement of the Minsa. has reactivated only 11 projects from an original list of 29

The construction of private projects is in the third block of the plan,  for which no date has been set.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/freeze-on-construction-projects-extended

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Gobierno evalúa la reapertura del Aeropuerto de Tocumen para los vuelos en tránsito

Marggie Caballero
14 jul 2020 - 08:24 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/gobierno-evalua-la-reapertura-del-aeropuerto-de-tocumen-para-los-vuelos-en-transito/

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MASKS: ...and the beat goes on.   An interesting read.  For me...sort of an eye opener.  Alison, Nurse

A Commentarty from Medscape International July 8 2020

"How medicine is clearing up mixed messages on masks" by Hansa Bhargava , MD and Vaneet Arora, MD

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933604?nlid=136389_785&src=WNL_mdplsfeat_200714_mscpedit_nurs&uac=321845EN&spon=24&impID=2460461&faf=1

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How a potential universal government mandate ( masks in the USA)  may well evolve from it's origins on Twitter from notable medical groups and persons who advocate just that (on Twitter) .   These hand held phones/computers  have launched us into a new stratosphere of communication.  All sorts of good and bad has evolved out of it.    We remain silent observers.....pretty much blown away by it all.  The only Tweets in this house are the birds, thank God.......................  Alison and Bill

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

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

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

The Embassy has identified six upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

  • July 16 Copa Airlines flight CM4951 to New York, NY, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 8:00 p.m. 
  • July 17 Copa Airlines flight CM4945 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:15 a.m. 
  • (SOLD OUT) July 17 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. 
  • July 22 Copa Airlines flight CM4980 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. 
  • July 24 United Airlines flight UA3367 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • July 29 Copa Airlines flight CM4978 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

    

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.  

  

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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Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 15, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 15, 2020)  

    

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report – New Quarantine Measures in Panama and Panama Oeste Provinces and Staggered Work Start Times Nationwide 

 

On July 14, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 48,096 cases of COVID-19. 

 

Beginning July 20, private sector employees are required to enter their places of employment by no later than 8:00am. Public sector employees are required to enter by no later than 9:00am.  

 

Effective July 17, MINSA established new quarantine hours for the Panama and Panama Oeste provinces.  Total quarantine begins on Friday at 7:00pm and ends on Monday at 5:00am.  Movements remain restricted based on gender and ID number.  Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: 

 

  • Women:  Monday and Wednesday. Friday until 7:00pm. 
  • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday. 

 

Movement in the same provinces remains 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). 
  • 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. 

 

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.   

  

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.  

 

Visit the embassy’s COVID-19 Information page for more information about the conditions in Panama.  For the most up-to-date information about new measures, see MINSA's website (Spanish). 

  

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Assistance: 

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov 

https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 

  

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

  

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

  

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Green Light to Reduce Working Hours

A decree was published in Panama authorizing the modification or temporary reduction of the working day, which due to the economic crisis generated by covid-19 may be reduced by up to 50%.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The new regulation establishes that the agreement to modify working hours must include methods to achieve the gradual recovery of working hours to the levels existing before the crisis and that they must not affect the hourly rate agreed in the current employment contract, reported the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development.

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An official statement says that "... it was established that the maximum reduction in the working day will be 50% of the working hours per month and that the effects of temporary modifications, which will be signed during this year 2020, will not extend beyond December 31st of this year."

The rule states that the discounts and deductions will be adjusted in accordance with the salary resulting from the modification of the agreed working hours, according to the percentages established in article 161 of the Labor Code. This Executive Decree has been in effect since its promulgation in the Official Journal this Monday, July 13, 2020, the document states.

Regarding the hiring of new employees, Article 5 of the Decree explains that "... During the validity of the agreement for the temporary modification of the working hours of the effects of the employment contract, companies may hire workers, provided that such hiring refers to new positions, for which there is no staff before the agreement for the temporary reduction of the working hours."

See Executive Decree No. 101 dated July 13, 2020.

 

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

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Covid cases reach 48,096 with 960 deaths

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There are 157 patients in intensive care

Posted 15/07/2020

The death of  28 people in the previous 24 hours raised the total of Panama fatalities due  to COVID-19 to 960 said the Health Ministry on Tuesday In the same period there were  923  new cases bringing the totals infected by the virus to 48,096.

There are 22,469 active cases in the country. A total of 171,116 tests have been applied in the 4 months of the pandemic (51,048 positive and 120,068 negative).

There are , 21,297 people in isolation and  1,172  hospitalized - 1,015  in wards and 157 in intensive care.

Currently the effective reproduction number remains at 1.40%

Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre, said that in order to cut transmission and establish strategies, each positive case and its contacts are being georeferenced, with the support of local authorities.

"We have to avoid all family gatherings, we are all willing to continue fighting for you, but  help us in this war that belongs to everyone," said Sucre.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-cases-reach-48096-with-960-deaths

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Chile and Panama have  highest covid contagion rates

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Posted 15/07/2020

Panama  ranks behind only Chile in the Americas for the number of cases of Covid-19 for every 100,000 inhabitants.

A report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reveals that Panama has a rate of 927.7 infected per 100,000 inhabitants, which places it in second place among the five countries in the Americas that have the highest incidence rate, even above the rate regional average, which is 570.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Chile leads(1,584.5), Panama (927.7), Peru (908.6), the United States (862.6), and Brazil (742.2). The rest of the countries are below the average for the region.

According to the report, the position that Panama occupies is directly related to the fact that it is among the countries with the highest number of tests carried out, together with Chile and Peru, and, therefore, have the capacity to identify a high proportion of cases in the population.

The PAHO document also details how the death rate - which is not the same as the case fatality rate - is increasing day after day in the country. The mortality rate is calculated with the total population of the country, and the lethality rate is established only with the infected population.

Dr Jorge Luis Prosperi, Public Health expert affirms that today there are already more than a thousand cases for every 100,000 inhabitants on average, which he described as “disturbing

The specialist stated that the virus is circulating freely throughout the community and every time a person goes out he meets it. "The other thing is that our culture, that we want to play the virus alive, is not very good and does not help. We are not aware and people do not comply with the sanitary and distancing measures ”, he said.

Despite this scenario, Prosperi is one of those who believe that there is still time to stop the escalation of cases and deaths, as long as "we stay focused and each one responsibly does his part."

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/chile-and-panama-have-highest-covid-contagion-rates

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Odds shorten on July re-opening of Tocumen International

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Posted 15/07/2020

The odds are getting  shorter for an early return of commercial flights to Tocumen International as the airport management is asking the the Ministry of Labor (Mitradel) to temporarily suspend the contracts of a "plural number of workers" at the air terminal.

The move reflects  the reality facing the airport industry f worldwide due to the sanitary control measures resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The temporary suspension of contracts will be for a period of 30 days, which may be extended

 The measure does not imply the termination of the contract or the employment relationship, said a statement from Tocumen SA.

"We are confident that, when the order restricting international flights and the order to close the commercial establishments that operate at our international airports are lifted, we can restore, together, the various daily activities that are carried out," said the statement.

It explained that the workers affected of suspension of contracts will continue to maintain their benefits from the company's private insurance, from the Social Security Fund, in addition to being able to receive the benefits and aid that the Government is offering against the pandemic.

Currently, the country's main airport only operates humanitarian flights.

The  Civil Aeronautical Authority extended until July 23 the suspension of commercial flights; in the absence of another extension, Tocumen, SA could resume its regular operations by this date bur don’t bet your ticket on it.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/odds-shorten-on-july-re-opening-of-tocumen-international

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Se duplican defunciones en pacientes mayores de 80 años

Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
16 jul 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/se-duplican-defunciones-en-pacientes-mayores-de-80-anos/

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Aviación panameña en manos del Minsa

Las líneas aéreas ven como positivo que las autoridades permitan que vuelos en conexión hagan una escala en Tocumen para que sean abordados por panameños y extranjeros.
 
Alex E. Hernández V.
15 jul 2020 - 11:06 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/economia/aviacion-en-manos-del-minsa/

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Panama  cases pass 50,000  with 1,000 deaths

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Posted 16/07/2020

Panama reached the alarming figure of 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, on Thursday, July 16 with 18 new deaths decreed in previous 24 hours.

There were  1,130 new cases  bringing the total  number of infections   since March to 50,373

In isolation there are 22,287 people, 21,665 are in the home, 622 in hotels, while  1,244 patients are hospitalized, (1,078 in wards and 166 in intensive care).

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-cases-pass-50000-with-1000-deaths

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Rush to create new  facilities  as hospitals overflow

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Posted 16/07/2020

The adaptation of the Figali convention center in Amador,  to a 160-bed  medical for center patients with Covid-19 is near completion. The beds are urgently needed as hospitals are at saturation point and doctors fear they will be faced with “choices” of who is accepted or denied as happened in Europe at the height if the pandemic.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that this week began with the cleaning and sterilization of the building so that the facilities are in optimal condition for patients.

During a visit to the site, Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre said that they are analyzing the setting of an area for semi-intensive care with 40 beds, which means that they will be left with 120 beds for moderate or mild patients.

He said they asked the handling the adaptation to work three shifts. to see if they receive the facilities on Saturday and that they will most likely be working next week

$700,000 has been budgeted for personnel to staff the new facilities,  and every day they are hiring professionals from different areas and they hope that when they start operating they will have the human resource ready.

The director of Infrastructure of the Minsa said that in addition to Figali they will adapt the Amador convention center, where they will enable 796 beds, for patients with Covid-19 in a moderate state.

The option of Atlapa as another place to house patients because it was very expensive to condition it. In the case of Atlapa, the health authorities had to make improvements to the ceiling and cleaning related to fiberglass. The works in Atlapa would represent an expense of $3 million, so the Minsa gave up on the idea. He made no mention of  the Chinese offer to provide a 1,500-bed facility at no cost.

However, it was decided to use part of the Higher Technical Institute in Tocumen (ITSE), where it is intended to install about 130 beds for mild and moderate patients.

The ITSE had a construction cost of $ 200 million and was built during the last government in order to train technicians.

According to the Minsa, carrying out the adaptation on this site would cost about $300,000 which represents savings compared to enabling Atlapa.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/rush-to-create-new-facilities-as-hospitals-overflow

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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 17, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 17, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

The Embassy has identified four upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  • July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. 
  • July 22 Copa Airlines flight CM4980 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. 
  • July 24 United Airlines flight UA3367 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • July 29 Copa Airlines flight CM4978 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

    

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.  

  

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

 

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U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama  

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue  

Clayton, Panama  

+507 317-5000  

Panama-ACS@state.gov   

https://pa.usembassy.gov/   

  

State Department – Consular Affairs  

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

  

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Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 17, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 17, 2020)  

    

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

On July 16, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 50,373 cases of COVID-19. 

 

Beginning July 20 in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste, private sector employees are required to enter their places of employment by no later than 8:00am. Public sector employees are required to enter by no later than 9:00am.  

 

Effective July 17, MINSA established new quarantine hours for the Panama and Panama Oeste provinces.  Total quarantine begins on Friday at 7:00pm and ends on Monday at 5:00am.  Movement in these provinces remains restricted based on gender and ID number.  Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: 

  • Women:  Monday and Wednesday. Friday until 7:00pm. 
  • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday. 

These movement restrictions allow for a two-hour window, intended only for essential purchases, 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). 
  • 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. 
  • Exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating are permissible if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window. 

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.   

  

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 July 8, MINSA announced that Green Frog brand alcohol gel has been pulled from the market due to the content of toxic methanol.  To report the sale or distribution of this product, call 512-9163 or 512-9170. 

 

On June 17, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, originally announced on March 26, for an additional 30 days through July 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

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. 

  

On June 1, the Government of Panama opened the second economic block.  For more details about the Government of Panama’s plan to gradually reopen the economy, and the economic sectors opened in each block, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA, also available with English translations on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  The Government of Panama will evaluate every two weeks, but the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. 

  

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.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian 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.  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. 

  

On March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please email panama-acs@state.gov. For emergency visa services, email panama-visas@state.gov.  

 

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. 

  

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. 

   

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel. 

 

Visit the embassy’s COVID-19 Information page for more information about the conditions in Panama.  For the most up-to-date information about new measures, see MINSA's website (Spanish). 

  

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Assistance: 

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov  

https://pa.usembassy.gov/  

  

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

  

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DRONE SURVEILLANCE!

Per today's bulletin from the Ministry of Health: Luis Francisco Sucre, Minister of Health, accompanied by Ivor Pitti, Vice-Minister of Security, inaugurated on Friday the operations center for control and community  traceability of COVID-19 in the province of Cocle.

Drones of the Enterprise model will be used to detect persons who have elevated temperature and who are circulating on the streets and neighborhoods.

The drones are high-tech and calibrated to record the temperature in real time and to locate its target. A person identified to have high temperature will be given the test do diagnose if positive for covid-19.

I imagine if it is found to be workable in Cocle, the Mayor of Boquete will soon be lobbying for the same tools...

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Fatalities surged again, big-time. I don't read about any analysis of the therapies and protocols used to treat the COVID-19 patients. It's all about contagion and transmission.

I wonder if the Panama authorities have implemented any of the approaches that seem to be successful elsewhere, based on corticosteroids, direct oxygenation, anticoagulants, and avoiding the use of ventilators.

In any event, it doesn't look promising for an early relaxation of sanitation measures...

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