Jump to content
Message added by Moderator_02

There are several topics associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. This topic is the main or primary topic on this subject. The easiest way to find all topics related to coronavirus is to invoke a “tag display”. Simply click on the “ covid-19 ” tag (white characters on black background) that you see displayed near the top left of this topic.

What are “tags”? In information systems, a tag is a term, a keyword, or a key phrase (metadata) assigned to a piece of information. Tags are generally chosen informally and personally by the item's originator. As used by the CL administrators, a tag provides a quick snapshot of the subject matter, or in some instances the name of a person, a company, or an event. Tags are always displayed using lower case letters. A topic may have an unlimited number of tags.

The administrators endeavor to tag all relevant topics with the “covid-19” tag. If you see that we missed one, please bring it to our attention.

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
  • September 28th: Restaurants and inns reopen providing they follow Minsa guidelines; Click Here
  • October 12th: Cinemas, swimming pools, and casinos allowed to reopen, and borders reopened; Click Here and Click Here
  • October 24th: All quarantines lifted and curfews standardized across the country and relaxed to 11:00PM until 5:00AM; Click Here

Recommended Posts

  • Moderators
Quote

Sertracen y la ATTT habilitan servicio en línea para renovación de licencias y pago de multas

Actualmente hay unas 80 mil personas con licencias vencidas.
 
Redacción de La Prensa
11 ago 2020 - 05:18 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/sertracen-y-la-attt-habilitan-servicio-en-linea-para-renovacion-de-licencias-y-pago-de-multas/

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 1.7k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

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

Posted Images

  • Moderators
Quote

 

 

EfLeEvzXkAA9o6Z.jpg

EfLeE9DXoAIt6sy.jpg

 

 

Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above Tweet, but not including the two page announcement.

Quote
@MINSAPma announced that they will gradually reactivate as of Monday, beauty salons and barber shops, NGO'S, car sales, retail stores will be able to withdraw in the parking lots or withdrawals at the door and some private buildings.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

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

Quote
------ Original Message ------
To:
Sent: 8/12/2020 1:56:05 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 12, 2020)
 

Seal with blue background

 

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 122020)  

   

Location: Panama  

   

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

  

The Embassy has identified two 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 ticket.  Travelers 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: 

  

  • August 14 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

  • August 21 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

 

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.  

 

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or 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.gov so 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   

   

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.  

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Door to new normal begins to open - you can get a haircut, buy a car

haircut.jpg

Posted 12/08/2020

After five months of personal and economic lockdown by presidential decree to combat the COVID-19, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday, March 11, the partial re-opening of some sectors after business groups had warned of pending apocalyptic consequences.

 Some  69 public construction projects and 15 from the private sector will restart see thousands of workers receiving their pay packets and they will be able to get a haircut or buy a car from Monday, August 17.

But for the rest of the population, the quarantine rules remain in place with a two-hour window depending on sex and ID card and total lockdown will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Currently, some 70,000 workers are laid off creating a downward spiral for business and government coffers.

The retail trade will be partially activated, but shoppers will not be allowed inside stores and will have to pick up their online purchases from the parking lot, which has already been in operation in some centers. Car sales centers will re-open.

To visit a re-opened beauty salon or barbershop you must attend by appointment and the shops may not exceed 50% of their capacity. About 164 NGOs will also be allowed to open.

The announcement comes after several weeks in which the private sector warned of the destruction of the business fabric due to the prolonged operational closure, which would result in an increase in unemployment from 7% to 15%.

The Government is be betting on an economic boost through the reactivation of projects, such as the expansion of the beach corridor, design and construction of the fourth bridge over the Canal, the rehabilitation of the Bridge of the Americas, the works of the branch that connects the Metro with the Technical Institute, and the design and construction of the Sixaola bridge between Panama and Costa Rica.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/door-to-new-normal-begins-to-open-you-can-get-a-haircut-buy-a-car-1

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Shopping hours may double if covid infections  fall

sucrej.jpeg

Posted 12/08/2020

Criticism of the decision on Tuesday, August  12  to announce the opening of some economic sectors, such as beauty salons while maintaining mobility restrictions, based on sex and ID number sparked a quick response from the  Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre.

He announced on  Wednesday that they are evaluating making those measures more flexible. This will depend on the cases that are presented in the next 15 days.

"If the numbers continue to drop, we are going to grant them, not two,  but possibly four hours, so that they can then be in the different places and our Panamanian ladies can make all the arrangements they need," he said.

Currently, in the provinces of Panama and West Panama, the mobility restriction is governed by gender and ID number, from Monday to Friday. Women go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and men on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and only for two hours.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/shopping-hours-may-double-if-covid-infections-fall

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Economy: Panama will Resume More Activities

Authorities announced that as of August 17, construction, internet retail, vehicle sales, barber shops and beauty salons will be allowed to resume.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Panamanian government has postponed on several occasions the reactivation of productive activities in the country, but after the Cabinet Council and the health advisory teams made an analysis of the current situation, it has been decided to reopen some economic sectors.

Check out the "System for monitoring markets and the economic situation in Central American countries", developed by CentralAmericaData.

Health Minister Luis Sucre told Laestrella.com.pa that "... beauty salons and barber shops will be able to open throughout the country, but he indicated that attention will be given by coordinated appointments where only 50% of each beauty salon will be able to be used, complying with biosafety regulations. The use of masks will be mandatory."

Regarding construction, Sucre said that "... permits have been granted for different construction projects to restart operations, of which 84 have been approved so far. Of these, he explained, 69 are public works projects and 15 are from private companies."

The official added that the reactivation of car sales in general and retail sales that already sell their items through the delivery system will also be authorized.

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

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Virus infections unabated in August

tests.jpg

Posted 13/08/2020

While the government has announced the first cautious steps to re-opening the economy paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic.  the rate of new infections remains unabated with 12,121 cases in the first 12 days of August,  a figure that exceeds more than those  registered at the same time in July.

Panama reported its first case of coronavirus on March 9 and as of ay, August 12, there were 1,703  deaths and 37,377 confirmed infections.

According to the figures provided by the Health authorities, in the 12 days, 35,234 tests have been applied, resulting in 12,121 positive tests for a dangerously high positivity of 34.40%.

In the same time period in  July, 34,141 tests were performed, of which 12,083 were positive for a positivity of 35.39%.

s remains unabated with 12,121 cases in the first 12 days of August,  a figure that exceeds more than  those registered at the same time in July.

Panama reported its first case of coronavirus on March 9 and as of ay, August 12, there were 1,703  deaths and 37,377 confirmed infections.

According to the figures provided by the Health authorities, in  the 12 days, 35,234 tests have been applied, resulting in 12,121 positive tests for a dangerously high positivity of 34.40%.

In the same time period in  July, 34,141 tests were performed, of which 12,083 were positive for a positivity of 35.39%.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/virus-infections-unabated-in-august

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Pushback against re-opening without  mobility

car-showroom.jpg

Posted 13/08/2020

While business groups welcome the first steps to reopening the economy, they will be unsustainable if the current mobility rules remain in place, limiting shopping to a two-hour period based on sex and ID card number. Meaning that a couple could not go out together to a car dealership to buy a stove or refrigerator

The president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Jean-Pierre Leignadier, said that "in the coming days we have to make adjustments, talking with the authorities about some measures that negatively impact the ability to do business in a sustained manner, when there are some people that cannot go out some days and others yes ”.

The president of the Panamanian Association of Shopping Centers, Nadkyi Duque, said that the sale through digital channels and withdrawal in the store is a positive step but will not generate enough volume, although she valued it as a way to demonstrate that the activity is safe. Beauty salons. barbers, car showrooms and service centers will re-open ana NGOs will return to work  Some 84 government and private construction projects works will restart.

In addition, the Ministry of Education received the go-ahead to start with 9 of 58 projects for improvements in schools.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/pushback-against-re-opening-without-mobility

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Minsa multa con $5 mil al alcalde capitalino por violar cuarentena total

Flor Cogley L.
13 ago 2020 - 07:13 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/minsa-multa-con-5-mil-al-alcalde-capitalino-por-violar-cuarentena-total/

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Cabinet Minister  contracts COVID-19

ramon-martinesj.jpeg

Posted 13/08/2020

Ramón Martínez, head of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) has tested positive for COVID-19. 

 "Thank God I have not developed serious symptoms. I am in isolation, working from home," he said in his Twitter account.

Until  August 11, in the country, there were a total of 76,464 accumulated cases of people infected with COVID-19, of that total 50,665 have recovered, with  and there are 24,041  active casestínez,

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/cabinet-minister-contracts-covid-19

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Doctors demand meeting with Cortizo to present “real”  picture

uci-june-17.jpg

Posted 13/08/2020

Panama’s  medical associations have united in calling for a meeting with President, Laurentino Cortizo, to let him know him "first-hand" the "real" conditions of the public health system and the urgent measures needed  to prevent a “collapse”   of the health system as a result of the Covid- 19.

They stated that, although economic development is necessary for the support of the individual, the main right that must be guaranteed is life and consequently health, so the actions to face the pandemic must be "responsible and wise" .

The statement agreed after a meeting on Wednesday, August 12,  has the endorsement of the Association of resident and intern doctors of the Social Security Fund, the Association of specialist doctors of the Santo Tomás Hospital, the Association of doctors, dentists and related professionals from the Social Security Fund, the Panamanian Society of General Medicine and the Panamanian Society of Public Health.

The representatives of these unions also asked the Government to implement measures to regain control of the pandemic, such as: strict isolation outside the home with medical care and safe food support for the affected families; the urgent supply of sufficient and quality protective equipment for health personnel; provide sufficient swab and serological tests so that they are not denied to people; make the massive distribution of surgical masks or at least three correct layers to vulnerable families and access to permanent water and food for the communities.

"We demand that the Government eliminate the current badly done quarantine measure and that an effective total quarantine be implemented, with exclusive safe-conducts for essential personnel" and then move on to the implementation of effective epidemiological fences in areas of high transmissibility, were others of the requests.

They say  that, before starting the economic reopening, sufficient isolation, hospitalization and intensive beds be guaranteed - at least by health region - as well as the effective appointment of the necessary health personnel. In addition to this, the comprehensive supply of all hospital drugs and early primary care management must be guaranteed to improve Covid-19 survival.

This week the Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced  the first moves to re-opening the economy.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/doctors-demand-meeting-with-cortizo-to-present-real-picture-1

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

Moderator comment: Although the main theme in this news article is about US politics, there still is a nexus with Panama. This posting is being handled as an exception to CL policy, given that there is a possible impact on Panama's ability to recruit medical professionals from Cuba. Refer to the posting immediately following this posting.

Quote

Pompeo tightens screws   on Cuba,  Panama seeks doctors

pompeo.jpg

Posted 13/08/2020

The United States will suspend private flights to Cuba, hardening its offensive to weigh down Havana's sources of foreign exchange, the head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday, August 13.

"The suspension of private charters will take economic resources away from the Castro regime," Pompeo said in a statement.

Meanwhile Panama’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) is seeking to recruit Cuban doctors to join the fight against COVID-19.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/pompeo-tightens-screws-on-cuba-panama-seeks-doctors

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Gremios se oponen a contratación de médicos especialistas extranjeros en Panamá

Flor Cogley L.
13 ago 2020 - 08:44 PM

FBQXIOTTTNDQBMJSLQRAU3ACUI.jpg

Los gremios médicos piden verificar el cumplimiento de los pagos, obligaciones salariales y turnos extras, de todo el personal de salud que labora en esta pandemia. Archivo

Médicos especialistas, aglutinados en cinco asociaciones, dieron a conocer, este jueves 13 de agosto, al ministro de Salud Luis Francisco Sucre su oposición a la contratación de médicos extranjeros para combatir la Covid-19, y aseguran que “aún no se han agotado las opciones de atención médica por parte del personal panameño”.

Los miembros de la Asociación Panameña de Médicos Intensivistas, la Sociedad Panameña de Medicina Interna, la Sociedad de Enfermedades Infecciosas Panamá, la Asociación Panameña de Neumología y de la Sociedad Panameña de Cardiología, enviaron una carta a Sucre, en la que señalan que desconocen la experticia e idoneidad de los colegas en el manejo de pacientes de alta complejidad con insuficiencia respiratoria aguda y recuerdan que el suministro de los equipos de protección personal “es ya insuficiente para los médicos que actualmente laboramos en las instalaciones públicas, por lo que hace falta mejorar procesos administrativos de compra y distribución de equipos en prácticamente todas las instalaciones de salud”.

Aseguran que, luego de analizar la propuesta temporal del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa), la cual se les informó el pasado 11 de agosto en una reunión con el ministro, les preocupa que la atención de los galenos extranjeros no esté acorde a los estándares que se requieren, en el manejo de los pacientes con Covid-19 a nivel hospitalario. Además, ésta requerirá la supervisión de los médicos nacionales, lo que representará una tarea adicional.

En la misiva aseguran que la decisión de traer médicos extranjeros en especialidades tan críticas como cuidados intensivos, “es una responsabilidad inmensa ya que el paciente se encuentra entre la vida y la muerte y la falta de competencia se demostraría con desenlaces fatales de los pacientes”.

Los médicos especialistas propusieron al Minsa, que como máximo rector y autoridad de la Salud, ejerza su rol y lleve a cabo una integración temporal del sistema de salud pública (Minsa y Caja de Seguro Social) y, de manera armónica y eficaz, garantizar la cobertura de atención en todo el país.

Piden empoderar a cada director médico de las unidades ejecutoras a organizar funciones, sumar y reasignar a todos los médicos especialistas del país que laboran el sector público e invitar a los médicos del sector privado que aún no participan de manera activa en el manejo de pacientes con Covid-19, a incorporarse a los equipos de salas de hospital y cuidados intensivos.

También sugieren que los galenos que por razones de comorbilidades o edad no estén laborando, se incorporen a través de la telemedicina. Solicitaron además que se garantice que las plazas de médicos generales panameños que están esperando nombramiento sean adjudicadas. “Se conoce que el Consejo Técnico ha aprobado cerca de 400 idoneidades recientemente”, dicen en la carta.

Piden habilitar de manera ordenada e ininterrumpida, la atención de pacientes con enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles, tanto presencial como virtual (telemedicina).

Agregan que “se debe verificar el cumplimiento de los pagos, obligaciones salariales y turnos extras, de todo el personal de salud que en esta pandemia está dando la milla extra; es un contrasentido contratar médicos extranjeros, cuando no se han cumplido aún las obligaciones con muchos de nuestros compatriotas”.

Señalaron que de ser necesario contratar los servicios profesionales de personal de salud extranjero, residente en Panamá, solo puede hacerse previa verificación de idoneidades por el consejo técnico.

Los médicos señalan además que el rumbo de esta pandemia no se cambiará si no se lleva a cabo la trazabilidad estricta a nivel comunitario, los cercos sanitarios en los corregimientos con altas tasas de contagio, el aislamiento inmediato de los pacientes positivos y las pruebas diagnósticas a los contactos, garantizando el seguimiento y los servicios de salud. Además, la población debe guardar las medidas de distanciamiento social, usar mascarillas y practicar frecuentemente el lavado de manos.

Sobre el tema, la directora nacional de Salud del Minsa, Nadja Porcell, dijo este jueves durante la conferencia de prensa en la que se reportan los casos del nuevo coronavirus, que muchas plazas de la convocatoria hecha a los galenos panameños quedaron desiertas. Hicimos una “exploración” con médicos extranjeros y analizamos contratarlos, agregó.

Aseguró que en los próximos días el ministro Sucre se reunirá con los gremios médicos para tratar el tema.

 

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

Quote

Unions oppose the hiring of foreign medical specialists in Panama

Flor Cogley L.
13 Aug 2020 - 08:44 PM

<<FBQXIOTTTNDQBMJSLQRAU3ACUI.jpg>>

Medical unions ask to verify the fulfillment of payments, salary obligations and extra shifts, of all health personnel working in this pandemic. Archive

Specialist doctors, grouped in five associations, made known, this Thursday, August 13, to the Minister of Health Luis Francisco Sucre their opposition to the hiring of foreign doctors to combat Covid-19, and they assure that "they have not yet exhausted the options of medical attention on the part of the Panamanian personnel ”.

The members of the Panamanian Association of Intensive Care Physicians, the Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine, the Panama Society of Infectious Diseases, the Panamanian Association of Pulmonology and the Panamanian Society of Cardiology, sent a letter to Sucre, in which they indicate that they are unaware of the the expertise and suitability of colleagues in the management of highly complex patients with acute respiratory failure and recall that the supply of personal protective equipment "is already insufficient for the doctors who currently work in public facilities, so it is necessary to improve administrative processes for the purchase and distribution of equipment in practically all health facilities ”.

They assure that, after analyzing the temporary proposal of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), which they were informed on August 11 in a meeting with the minister, they are concerned that the care of foreign doctors is not in accordance with the standards that are required in the management of patients with Covid-19 at the hospital level. In addition, it will require the supervision of national doctors, which will represent an additional task.

In the letter they assure that the decision to bring foreign doctors in specialties as critical as intensive care, "is an immense responsibility since the patient is between life and death and the lack of competence would be demonstrated with fatal outcomes for the patients" .

The medical specialists proposed to the Minsa, that as the maximum rector and authority of Health, exercise its role and carry out a temporary integration of the public health system (Minsa and Caja de Seguro Social) and, in a harmonious and effective way, guarantee the care coverage throughout the country.

They ask to empower each medical director of the executing units to organize functions, add and reassign all medical specialists in the country who work in the public sector and invite doctors from the private sector who are not yet actively involved in the management of patients with Covid-19, to join the teams of hospital and intensive care rooms.

They also suggest that doctors who for reasons of comorbidities or age are not working, join through telemedicine. They also requested that it be guaranteed that the positions of Panamanian general practitioners who are awaiting appointment be awarded. "It is known that the Technical Council has recently approved about 400 qualifications," they say in the letter.

They ask to enable in an orderly and uninterrupted way, the care of patients with chronic non-communicable diseases, both in person and virtual (telemedicine).

They add that “compliance with the payments, salary obligations and extra shifts must be verified for all health personnel who are giving the extra mile in this pandemic; it is a nonsense to hire foreign doctors, when the obligations with many of our compatriots have not yet been fulfilled ”.

They pointed out that if it is necessary to contract the professional services of foreign health personnel, resident in Panama, it can only be done after verification of suitability by the technical council.

Doctors also point out that the course of this pandemic will not change if strict traceability is not carried out at the community level, health fences in townships with high rates of infection, immediate isolation of positive patients and diagnostic tests to contacts, ensuring follow-up and health services. In addition, the population should observe social distancing measures, wear masks and practice frequent hand washing.

On the subject, the national director of Health of the Minsa, Nadja Porcell, said this Thursday during the press conference in which the cases of the new coronavirus are reported, that many places in the call made to Panamanian doctors were deserted. We did an "exploration" with foreign doctors and analyzed hiring them, he added.

She assured that in the next few days Minister Sucre will meet with the medical unions to discuss the issue.

 

 

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/gremios-se-oponen-a-contratacion-de-medicos-especialistas-extranjeros-en-panama/

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

As of late Friday, August 14th, 2020 - 78,446 cases, 1,722 deaths, 52,210 recoveries, and 261,350 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

minsa.jpg

Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up.

tocumen.jpg

Alto Boquete reporting 107 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 37 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 48 cases.

alto boquete.jpg             bajo boquete.jpg             los naranjos.jpg

The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 281 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

divala.jpg             nuevo mexico.jpg

https://geosocial.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/2c6e932c690d467b85375af52b614472

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Cortizo: hospitales requieren médicos especialistas

Aminta Bustamante
15 ago 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/cortizo-hospitales-requieren-medicos-especialistas/

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Life returns to Tocumen  with 18 flights

tocumen.jpg

Posted 14/08/2020

Tocumen International Airport   which has been in ICU  since March, began to show signs of life with  1,000 transit passengers and 700   on flights leaving the country on Friday, August 14.

The Panamanian airline Copa Airlines announced that as of Friday  it offers flights to 11 destinations in 8 countries. These are trips to Miami, New York, Washington, and Mexico City, in North America; Panama, San José, and Santo Domingo, in Central America and the Caribbean, and Quito, Guayaquil, Sao Paulo, and Santiago de Chile, in South America.

In the case of Panamanian citizens and resident foreigners, they may go to these destinations, but they will only be allowed to return to Panama on flights previously authorized by the Government.

In addition, nationals or foreigners who are currently in other countries and are in the process of returning home must comply with the requirements issued by the Ministry of Health, among which is the presentation of a negative swab test to the virus; applied 48 hours before arrival and also, comply with a 14-day quarantine.

Raffoul Arab, manager of the Tocumen Airport, reported that on  there were  18 flights; 12 in and 6 out,

"We are optimistic that this will increase over time and that Panama and Tocumen can again position itself as what it is: The hub of the Americas," said Arab.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/life-returns-to-tocumen-with-18-flights

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Lockdown flouting city mayor hit with $5,000 fine

fabrega.jpg

Posted 14/08/2020

After being caught on a Coronado beach  during total weekend lockdown  Panama City  Mayor,  José Luis Fábrega, has been fined $5,000 by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) after an earlier $100 tap on the wrist by a Justice of the Peace

The director of the West Panama Health Region, Kevin Cedeño, stated said on  Thursday, August 13  during an interview with Telemetro Reporta that Fábrega must appear at the West Panama Health Region or send someone to pay the penalty.

"The sanction was for non-compliance with Decree 869 that violates the curfew and we must establish an exemplary sanction and I decided to do so," Cedeño said.

He indicated that the mayor will have a period of three months to pay the fine.

According to Fábrega, who offered an apology on August 1, said that he was in front of his residence when he was approached by the National Police (PN) and the Justice of the Peace.

“I make the clarification that I am the first to demand compliance with the rules and compliance with health controls to reduce the spread of covid-19. Having left and been in the place, I was also fined and responsibly paid the fine, "said the mayor, after photos of the moment he was approached on the beach appeared on social networks

For violating the quarantine the Governor of Panama initiated a disciplinary process against Fábrega after what happened.

The Administration Attorney, Rigoberto González, explained that although as governor Judy Meana can investigate the mayors since she is not "separated from the municipal administration", since she is on leave from the position of vice mayor, she must express her impediment to the Minister of Government, for her to determine whether or not she can prosecute the mayor.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/lockdown-flouting-city-mayor-hit-with-5000-fine-1

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Minsa realizó hisopado en el aeropuerto de Tocumen

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/minsa-realizo-hisopado-en-el-aeropuerto-de-tocumen/

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

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

Quote
------ Original Message ------
To:
Sent: 8/14/2020 11:32:40 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 14, 2020)
 

Seal with blue background

 

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

   

Location: Panama  

   

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

  

The Embassy has identified one 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 ticket.  Travelers 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: 

  

  • August 21 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

 

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama as part of Panama’s new “Humanitarian Hub”.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.  

 

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or 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.gov so 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   

   

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.  

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Logran acuerdo en contratación de médicos extranjeros

526192_750x480_crop_5f373bf270b12.JPG

sábado 15 de agosto de 2020 - 12:00 a.m.
 
Domayko Olivares

Dirigentes de gremios y asociaciones médicas lograron un acuerdo con el Gobierno para enfrentar la pandemia del coronavirus 

Pandemia. Dirigentes de gremios y asociaciones médicas lograron un acuerdo con el Gobierno para enfrentar la pandemia del coronavirus y garantizar el recurso humano en los hospitales públicos.

Se acordó crear una Comisión de Coordinación para la Respuesta Clínica a la 'Pandemia, la cual tendrá entre sus funciones entregar una propuesta al Ministerio de Salud (MINSA), que permita optimizar el rendimiento del recurso humano médico nacional existente.

Los médicos se comprometieron a entregar al MINSA la lista de todos los profesionales idóneos panameños y de existir la necesidad de contratar médicos extranjeros, serán evaluados por el Consejo Técnico de Salud, siempre bajo la supervisión de médicos panameños designados, los cuales también realizarían informes quincenales de su desempeño.

El decano de la Facultad de Medicina de la UP, Enrique Mendoza, considera que es un acuerdo histórico entre las asociaciones y el Ministerio de Salud.

El representante de la Comisión Médica Negociadora Nacional (Comenenal), Domingo Moreno, sostuvo que parte del compromiso adquirido es garantizar el recurso humano panameño y en este sentido las asociaciones se comprometieron a convocar profesionales para reforzar las unidades ejecutoras que solicitan el nombramiento de especialistas en Medicina Crítica, Cardiología, Neumología, Urgenciología y Medicina Familiar.

CIFRAS

956

positivos nuevos para un acumulado de 79,402. En un día fallecieron 12 pacientes.

 

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

Quote

They reach an agreement to hire foreign doctors

<<526192_750x480_crop_5f373bf270b12.JPG>>
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 12:00 a.m.

Domayko Olivares

Leaders of medical unions and associations reached an agreement with the Government to face the coronavirus pandemic

Pandemic. Leaders of medical unions and associations reached an agreement with the Government to face the coronavirus pandemic and guarantee human resources in public hospitals.

It was agreed to create a Coordination Commission for the Clinical Response to the 'Pandemic, which will have among its functions to deliver a proposal to the Ministry of Health (MINSA), which allows optimizing the performance of the existing national medical human resource.

The doctors promised to deliver to MINSA the list of all suitable Panamanian professionals and if there is a need to hire foreign doctors, they will be evaluated by the Technical Health Council, always under the supervision of designated Panamanian doctors, who would also make biweekly reports of their performance.

The dean of the UP School of Medicine, Enrique Mendoza, considers it to be a historic agreement between the associations and the Ministry of Health.

The representative of the National Negotiating Medical Commission (Comenenal), Domingo Moreno, said that part of the commitment acquired is to guarantee the Panamanian human resource and in this sense the associations committed to summon professionals to strengthen the executing units that request the appointment of specialists in Critical Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.
FIGURES

956

new positives for a cumulative 79,402. In one day 12 patients died.

 

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/logran-acuerdo-contratacion-medicos-extranjeros/24162350

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

New rules for  arriving passengers

airport.jpg

Posted 15/08/2020

The Ministry of Health has announced its new sanitary measures for passengers entering Panama during the national emergency.

Travelers must present a negative swab / PCR or antigen test certificate to the airline no later than 48 hours prior to boarding.

They must also sign an acceptance in the affidavit committing themselves to comply with the sanitary control measures and health protocols established by the National Government, and use the application to monitor the appearance of symptoms and confirmation of quarantine. They must also provide the landline of the residence where they will quarantine.

Technical, auxiliary, mechanical crews and humanitarian personnel are exempt from this provision, but they must use a mask and other biosecurity measures established by the Ministry of Health.

Any request for authorization of commercial flights must be submitted 20 days prior to arrival.

Applications for the entry of humanitarian flights that must be authorized by the Ministry of Health and must be submitted 5 days prior to arrival, unless there are medical urgency reasons.

Flights to transport products, hospital medical equipment, drugs, vaccines, and other public health supplies will not require authorization from the ministry.

Requests for private flights must be submitted 7 days in advance.

The crew of commercial, private or humanitarian transport flights may remain in the country for a maximum period of 24 hours.

The departure of people from the country will not require authorization from the Ministry of Health.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/new-rules-for-arriving-passengers

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Protests grow over rule by decree

protesta-en-calle-50-2020j.jpeg

Posted 15/08/2020

The arrest of young people who partially closed Calle 50  on Thursday, August 13  not only represented indications of the disproportionate use of force by the National Police but also put at the center of the debate the loss of a series of fundamental guarantees protected in the Constitution, such as the right to circulate reports La Prensa.

This is one of the rights that, according to various lawsuits and legal remedies presented before the Supreme Court, has been violated by the decrees promoted by the Executive Branch during the pandemic crisis.

Lawyers, through more than a dozen appeals, have asked the highest court to rule on the legality of the decrees signed by President Laurentino Cortizo, the authorities of the Ministry of Health and the Cabinet.

Apart from free movement, they argue that the rights to citizen freedom, work, assembly, and protest, have been curtailed.

With five months of strict confinement, more than 1,700 deaths in the country, contagions multiplying daily, and a depressed economy as a result of the closure of economic activities  there are those who insist that “you have rights to fight them ”.

Giulia De Sanctis, a lawyer who filed an unconstitutionality lawsuit against the Minsa Decree, which declared a curfew on June 11, warns that the objective of her lawsuit is not to question the quarantine. What she intends,  is to preserve the rule of law, since in her opinion, the procedure established by the Constitution was "completely ignored" by deciding that constitutional guarantees could be "lifted" indefinitely and without the control of the National Assembly.

“Obviously, freedom of movement is a fundamental guarantee of the human being. It is a guarantee recognized by the United Nations.”

Lawyer Raúl Molina says, rights have been violated by virtue of a decree issued by the Minsa. "This suspension of constitutional guarantees for a maximum of 10 days and if it is exceeded, it must be ratified by the Assembly.

Molina warns that the Calle 50 protest reflects the citizen unrest resulting from five months lockdown and with little results in the fight against the virus.

Ernesto Cedeño,  who presented two constitutional protections against quarantine decrees, said that the country "is governed by decrees" and the Court "does not want to do anything at all." "It is blind, deaf and mute."

One of the issues that arouse the most passions these days is the right to protest, a mechanism with which different groups claim from the government the passive role to face the pandemic. It has been the channel to show the discontent for the lack of accountability of the millions for the health crisis, the alleged corrupt practices, the irregularities in the allocation of aid from the Panama Solidarity plan

The United Nations Office for Human Rights has said on multiple occasions that the use of force in the repression of demonstrations is reserved for exceptional cases. It has also stated that any form of deprivation of liberty must be governed by the principles established in the international right.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/protests-grow-over-rule-by-decree

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

OPINION: Accountability or police state?

cops.jpg

Posted 15/08/2020

Civil protests and spontaneous demonstrations of discontent and dissatisfaction with the government's performance in health and economic matters are legitimate expressions of society. The repression of a youth protest by riot police on Thursday night reveals an unpleasant modus operandi of the National Police (PN). Between blows and insults, totally unnecessary, the citizens were “disqualified” as foreigners, and the arrests were directed towards those who, apparently, the security forces considered the leaders of the demonstration. Protesting is a right guaranteed by the Constitution, which has not been suspended. Faced with the complicit silence of the Supreme Court, these abuses cannot go unpunished. Some affected indicated that they were told that the attack was by "orders from above." Who gave them and for what purposes? The director of the PN must give explanations about the performance of his subordinates. The creation of a culture of a police state within the security forces must be avoided at all costs. The president must demand accountability and separate those who think that citizens can be attacked. - LA PRENSA, Aug. 15.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-accountability-or-police-state

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Quote

Medical unions to allow  foreign doctors to fight coronavirus

doctors.jpg

Posted 15/08/2020

Leaders of medical unions and associations have reached a “historic” agreement with the Government to guarantee human resources in public hospitals in  to fight the coronavirus.

It was agreed to create a Coordination Commission for the Clinical Response to the Pandemic, which will deliver a proposal to the Ministry of Health (Minsa)to optimize  the performance of existing human resources.

The doctors promised to deliver a list of all suitable Panamanian professionals and if there is a need to hire foreign doctors, they will be evaluated by the Technical Health Council,  and will always be  under the supervision of designated Panamanian doctors, who would make biweekly reports of their performance.

The dean of the UP School of Medicine, Enrique Mendoza, considers it to be a historic agreement  

The representative of the National Negotiating Medical Commission (Comenenal), Domingo Moreno, said that part of the commitment acquired is to guarantee the Panamanian human resource and the associations committed to summon professionals to strengthen the executing units that request the appointment of specialists in Critical Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.

 Panama had approached 13 countries, but the only response was from Cuba.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/medical-unions-to-allow-foreign-doctors-to-fight-coronavirus-1

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

As of late Sunday, August 16th, 2020 - 79,402 cases, 1,734 deaths, 52,886 recoveries, and 264,046 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

minsa.jpg

Tocumen seems to have "won" the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama; Arraijan comes in second place.

tocumen.jpg

Alto Boquete reporting 107 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 37 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 48 cases.

alto boquete.jpg             bajo boquete.jpg             los naranjos.jpg

The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 281 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

divala.jpg            nuevo mexico.jpg

https://geosocial.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/2c6e932c690d467b85375af52b614472

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderator_02 changed the title to Some 205 thousand students could miss the school year

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...