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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
  • 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

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Recovered Covid-19 patients still suffer symptoms

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Posted 23/10/2020

Five clinics have been opened in Panama to deal with post-Covid-19 patients who are part of a significant number of people in the world who continue to suffer health problems after having overcome the initial infection.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) says that since the pandemic began in March, just over 102,000 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in the country. However, some suffer from sequelae, such as shortness of breath or excessive fatigue.

Until October 19, the five clinics enabled by the Social Security Fund (CSS) to care for patients who overcame the virus received 560 people, of which 519 said they had conditions after their recovery.

A Ministry report details that, of those 372 of those treated were isolated in their homes, which surprises the health authorities, since this group suffered from the least aggressive form of the virus.

Among the most frequent complaints reported by patients are excessive tiredness, muscle and joint pain, shortness of breath and weakness.

Pulmonologists, such as Reynaldo Chandler, have stated that one of the main sequelae of the virus is pulmonary fibrosis (scars in the lungs), which causes the person to become agitated or feel lack of oxygen.

Calculations from the Pan American Health Organization reveal that 40% of Covid-19 cases develop mild ailments (fever, cough, dyspnea, fatigue, diarrhea, and headache), while another 40% have moderate symptoms (pneumonia). 15% develop severe clinical manifestations (severe pneumonia) that require oxygen support, and the remaining 5%, critical clinical pictures.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/recovered-covid-19-patients-still-suffer-symptoms

 

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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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Only 20 can attend Panama schools’ flag raising events

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Posted 23/10/2020

Panama  schools will be able to carry out a brief act of raising the flag to “honor the homeland” on Independence days, since activities such as national parades are suspended by the pandemic No more than 20 people may attend the event, including students, parents and teachers Health  Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, said on  Friday, October 23, 

“For Panamanians, one of the things that motivates us a lot to celebrate are the national holidays, Christmas and carnivals. Unfortunately the virus, this time, is not going to let us celebrate the national holidays as we would like, "he said
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/only-20-can-attend-panama-schools-flag-raising-events

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Taskforce and medics check near-empty waterfronts

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Posted 24/10/2020

Members of the joint task force and from the Ministry of Health traceability teams conducted tours of several beaches in the Pacific and Caribbean beaches to verify that merchants and visitors were complying with biosafety regulations.

The deputy commissioner of the National Police Javier Sánchez said that that in his tour of 12 beaches in the San Carlos sector few visitors were seen

Members of Operation Ocean 2020 visited beaches in Veracruz, San Carlos, Taboga, Santa Clara and Farallón.

Personnel of the Ministry of Health also visited several beaches in the province of Colón.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/taskforce-and-medics-check-near-empty-waterfronts

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Restaurant fined and closed for flouting covid rules

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Posted 24/10/2020

A restaurant in Downtown Plaza, Costa del Este was immediately closed  and the owners fined after a joint operation by  the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (Mici), the Ministry of Health, and the National Police Israel Cedeño, director of the metropolitan health region, said that during the visit they found several faults in the biosecurity measures established to stop the spread of Covid-19.

On the premises, there was an agglomeration of people, with no adequate distancing.

In addition, people were without masks and the staff in the restaurant did not enforce compliance with their use.

Cedeño told La Prensa that the owners were given  15 days to correct the faults. If not, the file goes from the health center to the metropolitan region meaning the fine would increase Meanwhile "on Monday they must pay a fine" that was imposed on them.

Cedeño said that starting Saturday, they will carry out operations in the Veracruz area, after the reactivation, of family activities on beaches and rivers, were authorized.

Visitors will be randomly tested on the beaches to determine whether or not they have Covid-19, he added.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/restaurant-fined-and-closed-for-flouting-covid-rules

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14 fined for breaching guidelines on re-opened beaches

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Posted 25/10/2020

Although over 27,000 vehicles traveled to the interior on the weekend, only 1,500 headed to the beaches or rivers which were reopened after a seven-month hiatus.

The Ministry of Security reported that during operations, carried out over the weekend 17 people were brought before justices of the peace; 14 of them for not using the mask and three for drinking liquor.

“Each was fined $100 and we will continue to be vigilant that these guidelines are met, ”said Police Commissioner  Arroyavez.

 

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Sent: 10/26/2020 3:20:02 PM
Subject: Travel Advisory for Panama - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

Travel Advisory:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (October 26, 2020)

 

Travel Advisory for Panama – Level 3:  Reconsider Travel

 

On October 26, the State Department changed its Travel Advisory for Panama from Level 4:  Do Not Travel to Level 3:  Reconsider Travel.  The Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to read the full travel advisory at travel.state.gov or on the Embassy webpage at pa.usembassy.gov. 

 

The decision to change the Travel Advisory reflects several recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama.  On October 12, Panama resumed international commercial passenger air travel.  U.S. citizens and other travelers may now enter Panama with a negative COVID-19 test, conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival.  U.S. citizens who test positive for COVID-19 after arrival in Panama will be required to observe a 14-day quarantine.  Those who do not have a residence in Panama will be quarantined in a hotel-hospital under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.  You can find the details on these entry requirements at the Embassy’s COVID-19 page.

 

Some hotels, restaurants, and other business are now open at reduced capacity across Panama with mandatory health precautions in place.  When considering whether to travel, remember that COVID-19 remains a serious health threat in Panama and that the mandatory health guidelines must be followed, including mask-wearing and social distancing at all times in public, and temperature checks at the entrance to restaurants, shops, and businesses.  Citizens not adhering to these health precautions may face legal consequences.

 

Please bear in mind that while the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit is open, its hours and appointment schedule, as well as its ability to assist U.S. citizens outside Panama City, remain limited due to COVID-19.

 

Please read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

 

The following information is from Panama’s Country Information page on Travel.State.Gov:

 

Do not travel to:

·         Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime.

·         Parts of the Darién Region due to crime.

 

If you decide to travel to Panama:

·         See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 

·         Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

·         Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

·         Review the Crime and Safety Report for Panama.

·         U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

·         Do Not Travel to Parts of the “Mosquito Gulf”Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this region as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved. 

·         Do Not Travel to Parts of the Parts of the Darién RegionAll areas south of Jacque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border; the city of Lajas Blancas, and the city of El Salto.  Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.

 

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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Seven  consecutive weeks  downturn in Panama covid-19 infections

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Posted 27/10/2020

The end of the week from October 19 to 25, marked the  seventh  consecutive eek registering a downward trend in the confirmation of the number of Covid -19 infections

Arturo, Rebollón, infectologist, epidemiologist and researcher at the University of South Florida said that last week with 69 deaths and 4,455 infections, was almost a mirror of the week before, when there were a similar number of deaths (73) Meanwhile, infections were 23 more than last week where 4,432 were detected. However, Rebollón said, there was an important variable reflected in the decrease in hospitalizations, which is key to the system.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/seven-consecutive-weeks-downturn-in-panama-covid-19-infections

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14 Panama museums reopen with free admission

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Posted 28/10/2020

Fourteen Panama museums will reopen with free admission, in November with the respective biosafety measures established by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) says the Ministry of Culture (MiCultura).

“It is important to know that the maximum capacity allowed, depending on the spaces of each one of the museums, will be indicated by room; so we are working on a digital tool so that the public and tourists can make their reservations online through the ministry's website, ”said the National Museum Coordinator, Anayansi Chichaco.

The first to open its doors to the public will be the Colonial Religious Art Museum, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm,

The reopening of the Museum of History of Panama is scheduled for November 12.

“We hope that by the end of November and the beginning of December all the adjustments will be made in terms of health and prevention of Covid-19 so that the interior museums can receive nationals and foreigners. In addition, we announce that the 14 museums will be free until December 2020, ”said Chichaco.

 

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Tocumen passengers warned to arrive 3-hours ahead for 41%  travel surge

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Posted 28/10/2020

Tocumen International Airport anticipates some  30,6 91 passengers during the upcoming national holidays week, a 41% increase compared to the regular average since the reopening of the air terminal, on October 12.

The airport authorities report that preliminary reports of the airlines reflect a greater departure of passengers as of October 30, in addition to November 1 and 2. Meanwhile, for the return to Panama, the largest number of returning passengers is expected to between November 7 and 9. 

According to estimates, 15, 784 travelers will leave through the air terminal and a total of 14, 907 visitors will enter Panama, which represents an additional 12 325 passengers, compared to the regular flow of entry and exit of the first eight days of the restart of business operations.

The United States, Colombia, Mexico City, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, and, in Panama, the province of Chiriquí, are among the main destinations.

The airlines have recommended that travelers arrive three hours in advance, to carry out the check-in procedures, as well as the security controls and bio sanitary protocols due to Covid-19.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/tocumen-passengers-warned-to-arrive-3-hours-ahead-for-41-travel-surge

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Guna Congress challenges Health  Ministry  and bans masks

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Posted 26/10/2020

The General Congress of Guna Culture has issued a resolution that could lead to a confrontation with the Ministry of Health (Minsa)as it struggles to contain the coronavirus which has already hilled over 2,600 citizens.

The resolution prohibits the use of masks, both for residents, officials, and visitors, who according to the document must respect the cultural traditions of this region.

The decision is made at a time when the Ministry emphasizes complying with health measures including the mandatory wearing of a mask.

In the congress resolution issued on October 22, the Guna Cultural Congress also provides for other actions such as suppressing the Covid-19 community health committees and lifting the quarantine throughout the county territory.

The document, says  that the local Gunas authorities have felt that their decision-making authority has been violated by the Health committees and claims that they are supported in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms recognized in the United Nations Charter.

According to the latest Minsa report  the Guna Yala region registers 889 accumulated cases since the pandemic arrived in the country.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/guna-congress-challenges-health-ministry-and-bans-masks

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Health Ministry boosts staff at airport for 41%  passenger surge

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Posted 29/10/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Thursday that starting this weekend it will reinforce designated personnel at Tocumen International Airport to cope with the anticipated surge of travelers during the week of national commemorations.

"Due to the increase in passenger activity, it is expected to reinforce the health personnel who work in the swab centers, in order to guarantee their physical and biosafety conditions," Minsa reported According to the projections of the airport administration, about 30,000 thousand passengers will be mobilized during the national holidays, which represents an increase of 41% with respect to the regular average since the terminal reopened on October 12.

The Ministry  said  that the measure to reinforce the airport personnel is because of the increased flow of exiting and returning  travelers between, October 30 and November 9

" Passengers who do not have the Covid-19 test are automatically directed to the swab centers, which guarantees greater security for both them and for our nationals," said Deputy Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío,

In its weekly report, Minsa revealed that since the airport's reopening they have detected 43 people with the virus.

Airlines are recommending arriving 3 hours in advance to carry out the different procedures before leaving, including health requirements.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/health-ministry-boosts-staff-at-airport-for-41-passenger-surge

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Sent: 11/11/2020 12:17:52 PM
Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (November 11, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (November 11, 2020)     

      

Events:  Movement Restrictions and Closure in Sona and San Francisco 

  

Beginning today, November 11, the movement restrictions in Sona and San Francisco, in the province of Veraguas, are changed as follows: 

  

  • Beaches, rivers, and hot springs are closed; 

  • Curfew is from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Monday through Friday; 

  • Sunday quarantine begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and is lifted at 5:00 a.m. on Monday. 

  

Movement restrictions remain unchanged in the rest of the country.   

  

The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama. Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements from the Ministry of Health 

  

Actions to Take:   

   

   

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.   

 

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Copa: no se necesita presentar prueba de hisopado/PCR o antígeno negativo para la ruta Panamá-David

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20 nov 2020 - 10:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/economia/copa-no-se-necesita-presentar-prueba-de-hisopadopcr-o-antigeno-negativo-para-la-ruta-panama-david/

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PANDEMIC : 875 New cases, 16 deaths

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Posted 23/11/2020

Health authoritie s reported 875 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Panama, for a cumulative total of 155,658 on Monday.  There are 16 new deaths, totaling 2,973 accumulated and a fatality rate of 1.9%.

In the last 24 hours, 6,902n tests were applied, for a of positivity rate of 12.7%.

A total of 137,004 recovered patients are reported. Active cases total 15,681.

In home isolation, 14,723 people are reported, of which 14,040 are at home and 683 in hotels.

There are 958 hospitalized and 809 of them are in the ward and 149 are in the ICU.

Case rebound

Given the rebound in COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reiterated hat biosafety measures and the protocols established to combat the virus must be complied with.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, regretted that some young people are participating in parties. In addition, there are businesses that violate opening hours and sell liquor beyond what is allowed.

Minister Sucre recalled that parties cannot be held that represent agglomerations in which people often do not use the mask and do not keep the required physical distance

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/pandemic-875-new-cases-16-deaths

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Panama orders covid vaccine

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Posted 25/11/2020

The National Government announced this Wednesday, November 25, the agreement with Pfizer Panama and BioNTech SE, to acquire three million doses of its candidate BNT162b2 vaccine, based on mRNA, against SARS-CoV-2, subject to the success of the clinical study and regulatory approval in 2021. According to a statement from the Presidency, the terms of the agreement are based on the timeline for deliveries and the volume of doses progressively during the year 2021.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama-orders-covid-vaccine

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