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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
  • December 25th: Total lockdown countrywide for Christmas and New Years; Click Here and Click Here
  • January 4th, 2021: Total lockdown countrywide until January 14th, 2021; Click Here
  • March 4th, 2021: Phase 2 of vaccinations against Covid-19 to start; Click Here

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Lawmakers form VIP line for vaccinations

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Posted 21/05/2021

The Ministry  of Health (Minsa) will investigate the decision to assign covid vaccines to the National Assembly after Health Minister  Francisco Sucre revealed on Friday afternoon that the Ministry did not authorize the vaccines

"There is a vaccine operations center, we have to verify where, how, and when the decision was made," said Sucre.

A deputy who requested anonymity told La Prensa that everyone received an email inviting them to a vaccination day on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 9:00 am in the Assembly auditorium. Although the invitation was for the deputies, their trusted personnel and other officials also participate in the day.

The measure threatens the vaccination schedule of the Minsa, since it passes over groups that are still waiting to be inoculated. For example, there is a population over 60 years old in the interior of the country who have not received the first dose.

It is not the first time that VIP vaccination cases have come to light: at the beginning of the process, relatives of the president of the Legislative Assembly, Marcos Castillero, were vaccinated in Veraguas, skipping the priority groups.

 

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Vaccinations mount as Panama awaits covid third wave

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Posted 22/05/2021

Since the vaccination day against Covid-19 began in Panama, on January 20, to date, 908,452 doses of vaccines have been applied. The  Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that of this total, 26,170 doses were applied on Friday, May 21, but health authorities warn that the country is on the verge of a third wave of the virus.

President Laurentino Cortizo reported that on Saturday, May 22 that a batch of 204,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca would arrive in the country.

Data from the Minsa indicate that in the last 15 days, the country experienced an increase in the occupancy of hospital beds in intensive care units (ICU).

Statistics from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reveal that as of May 18, 2021, the country had an occupation of 54% of hospital beds in the ward and 50% of beds in the ICU.

On May 3, the occupancy percentage in the ward was the same, 54%, and in intensive care, it was 42%, that is, 8% less than now.

The last time there was an ICU occupancy percentage similar to the current one was on March 9, that is, more than two months ago, when the country presented a downward trend in terms of new infections and deaths.

The Pan American Health Organization has already warned in its most recent country situation report: that if outbreaks are not controlled in Panama, in 15 days it could have a negative impact on hospital occupancy indicators, both in the ward and in the, and consequently, in mortality.

On Thursday eight deaths were reported, a figure that had not been recorded since last April 6. Since then, the daily death toll had fallen.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, stressed Friday that "we are on the verge of a third wave."

According to Sucre, the increase in Covid-19 cases, especially in the interior of the country, would cause the pandemic to leave the control zone.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/vaccinations-mount-as-panama-awaits-covid-third-wave

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Line-jumping lawmakers

Posted 22/05/2021

Once again, the National Assembly shows its open confrontation with the interests of the majorities. If the rest of the country has to wait patiently for their turn to get vaccinated, that is definitely not the deputies' problem, because they don't even blush when they walk past their constituents to get immunized. And, in truth, this is nothing more than the corollary of what, three months ago, the president of the Assembly threw in the face of the citizens, when he justified that three of his relatives were inoculated, because - according to him - they complied with the "strict protocol" established, although the three favored did not seem to meet the conditions imposed by the Minsa. Quite a mockery. If even the President of the Republic and a good part of the Cabinet patiently waited for their turn or reserved space to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, why not the deputies? The Constitution states that the authorities are, among other things, instituted to protect the lives of all nationals and foreigners in our territory. Does that also imply the existence of an exceptional range of parliamentary protection? – LA PRENSA, May 22

 

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Can’t gamble with people’s lives says Health Minister to lab workers set to strike

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Posted 22/05/2021

“You cannot gamble with people’s lives, “said Health  Minister Luis Francisco Sucre in an hours-long meeting with members of the College of Clinical Laboratories (Conalac), who are due to strike on Monday.

Sucre told Conalac representatives that "we must find a way that patients are not affected by the strike measure since the system cannot be stressed anymore, since a strike would further complicate the situation in the country.”

"In the situation, the country is going through as a result of the pandemic, all swab tests, for example, are important and you cannot gamble with people's lives," he said.

In addition to the fact that it is urgent to maintain the Traceability Teams and the Rapid Response Teams (ERR) to serve the population.

It was explained to the laboratory workers that both the Social Security Fund and the Ministry of Health are making every effort to meet and honor financial commitments.

Alessandro Ganci, advisor to the Superior Office of the Minsa added that the agreements that are reached will benefit all laboratory workers, both unionized and non-unionized.

“We continue in negotiations with the laboratory workers, they have presented their positions at different points, in some we have already reached an agreement, mainly in the establishments of the job profiles, which is important to be able to make the salary scale that is owed to them. apply, ”Ganci said.

 

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Eve of strike lab workers reach agreement with Health Ministry

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Posted 23/05/2021

Julio Nieto, president of the National College of Clinical Laboratories, announced on Sunday that an agreement had been reached with the Ministry of Health (Minsa), but to end the strike called for Monday would need approval by an extraordinary assembly which will take place on Monday 24 May at 3:00 pm so that the strike will only affect external consultation laboratories,  responding to what was agreed at the dialogue table with the Minsa. Nieto said that almost all the points they raised were agreed upon and dates were established to solve each one of them, in addition, minutes of the meeting were signed and a draft was prepared to present to the extraordinary assembly.

"The strike measure is maintained because only an extraordinary assembly can lift the strike, however, we have made the strike guidelines more flexible. Unfortunately, our statute does not allow us to hold an extraordinary assembly on Sundays,"  said  Nieto, adding that all agreements have a completion time of no more

 

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204,000 doses of covid-19 vaccine arrive in Panama

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Posted 23/05/2021

A shipment - of 204 thousand doses - of the vaccine against Covid-19 from the pharmaceutical alliance AstraZeneca / University of Oxford, arrived in Panama on Saturday, May 22 at a cost of $4.3 million.

To date, the country has received 113,400 AstraZeneca vaccines through the Covax mechanism: 36,000 in the first batch and 77,400 in the second.

In Panama, the vaccine from the AstraZeneca / University of Oxford alliance is applied to men over 30 years of age and women over 50 years of age.

The latest batch will be destined for vaccination, starting tomorrow, in the fast-car set up on the grounds of the David Fair, in Chiriquí. It will also be used for immunization in central provinces, which begins on May 25 in Herrera and Los Santos, in the fast-car located at the Azuero Fair, and on Wednesday 26, on Boulevard Penonomé.

It continues in Panama Oeste (May 31), in the fast -car enabled at the La Chorrera Fair, according to the schedule shared by the National Authority for Government Innovation.

Currently, the application of the AstraZeneca / University of Oxford vaccine is carried out at the Rommel Fernández stadium, in Panama City, and in the province of Veraguas

 

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Panama Closes Border with Colombia

Arguing that the significant progress achieved to control the Covid-19 pandemic is put at risk, the Panamanian government decided to temporarily suspend the entry into its territory by land, sea and river, of all persons coming from the border with Colombia.

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Republic of Panama expresses its concern regarding the decision of the Government of the Republic of Colombia, contained in the Resolution of the Ministry of the Interior 0667 of May 19, 2021, by which they determine the opening of the maritime, land and fluvial crossings in the common border, highlights an official statement.

For Panama, such measure puts at risk the significant progress achieved by all Panamanians to control the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as border security and the control of migratory flows, the document states.

Consequently, the National Government has determined to temporarily suspend the entry into the national territory, by land, sea and river routes, of any person coming from the border with the Republic of Colombia, as of May 20, 2021.

 

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

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Air travel above pre-pandemic level in 2023

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Posted 26/05/2021

The number of air passengers in the world will return in 2023 to above its 2019 level, before the Covid-19 pandemic that caused the collapse of traffic, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported on Wednesday.

In 2021, the number of passengers transported in the world should represent 52% of the pre-crisis level and reach 88% in 2022, according to the organization's projections.

And in 2023 it should exceed its 2019 level (105%) to reach 5.6 billion passengers by the end of the decade, thanks to an annual growth of 3.9% between 2025 and 2030.

However, the Covid-19 crisis should represent a loss of two or three years of growth throughout the decade, according to the entity's projections.

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Cruise lines announce restart for vaccinated passengers

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Posted 26/05/2021

Cruise companies Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean announced their intention to resume trips from US ports in July or August, after a long hiatus due to the pandemic.

Norwegian detailed Tuesday that its first cruise from a city in the United States since the suspension in March 2020 will depart from Seattle on August 7, and will be reserved for fully vaccinated passengers.

Carnival had indicated on Friday that three of its subsidiaries - Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Carnival Cruise Line - plan to resume the routes between Seattle and Alaska starting July 24.

Royal Caribbean announced on the same day that its voyages between Seattle and Alaska would also resume in July. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country's main federal public health agency, released new rules in early May that allow cruise companies to return to sea under strict conditions. "We had long waited to announce cruises leaving the United States," said Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Harry Sommer.

Vaccination against Covid-19 will be mandatory for Carnival and Royal Caribbean travel to Alaska. The firm specified that this obligation will apply to people over 12 years old from August 1.

The CDC recommends that everyone on cruise ships, both passengers and workers, be vaccinated. However, the governor of Florida, from where many cruise ships sail in the United States, adopted a decree in April that prevents companies from requiring their clients to test their immunization against the virus.

 

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Black fungus more deadly than covid-19

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Posted 26/05/2021

Amid a deadly second wave of covid-19 hitting India, doctors have reported more than 8,800 cases of the "black fungus," a rare and deadly infection that spreads across the country and threatens to end people's lives who have recovered from the coronavirus.  The normally rare infection known as mucormycosis shows a mortality rate of 50%, and some patients can only be saved by removing one eye.

patients who had recovered from covid or were in the process of recovery. Doctors say there is a relationship with the steroids used to treat covid. Diabetics are at higher risk for mucormycosis.

The western states of Gujaat rand Maharashtra account for more than half of the cases. At least 15 other states have counted between 800 and 900. Following the surge in cases, the government has asked 29 states to declare the disease an epidemic.

At the Maharaja Yeshwantrao public hospital in the central city of Indore, patients have gone from 8 a week ago to 185 on Saturday night.

More than 80% of patients need immediate surgery, Dr. VP Pandey, the hospital's medical director, told the BBC.

According to his calculations, there are at least 400 people with mucormycosis in Indore alone.

"The infection caused by the black fungus has already become a greater challenge than the covid. If patients do not receive adequate treatment in time, mortality can climb up to 94%. The treatment is expensive and we do not have enough medicines", Dr. Pandey said

Doctors said amphotericin B or "ampho-B," an antifungal drug that should be given intravenously daily for eight weeks, should be given to patients with mucormycosis.

 

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Subject: Alert: Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures in the Province of Cocle (May 26, 2021)
 

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Event: Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures in the Province of Coclé

 

On May 25, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced modified curfew hours for the entire province of Coclé.

 

·         Effective May 31, the entire province of Coclé, will begin observing a daily curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Effective May 21, curfew hours in Chiriqui and Veraguas will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

·         Effective May 22, Chiriqui and Veraguas will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.

 

The rest of Panama remains under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.

  

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

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 when in public.

 

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:

 

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 

 

·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.     

·         Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.     

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Panama.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 

 

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Panama passes one million vaccination mark

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Posted 28/05/2021

Until the afternoon of  May 27, 1,001,690 doses of covid-19 vaccinations have been applied, divided into 962,272 vaccines from Pfizer and 39,418 from AstraZeneca,  reports the Health Ministry (Minsa)

On the first day of mass vaccination in  Chiriquí and Coclé the express car located on the grounds of the David International Fair, and in the Boulevard de Penonomé shopping center, 1,500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were placed.

 

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Worrying Rebound in Panama Covid Cases

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Posted 29/05/2021

Health authorities have warned in recent week there is a real rebound in cases of covid-19 in Panama.

Figures from the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reveal that the month of May will close with more positive cases of Covid-19 as well as deaths from the virus than in the month of April.

In April, a total of 9,525 positive cases and 118 deaths were registered. Meanwhile, from May 1 to 28, the new positive cases totaled 11,661 and 129 deaths.

Although they are much lower figures compared to those of January, February, and March of this year, epidemiologists maintain that we must be alert.

At this time, 72% of the cases come from Chiriquí, Coclé, Panama, and Veraguas.

 

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60 minors among 300 flouting pandemic rules in Casco disco

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Posted 29/05/2021

At least 60 minors were among 300 people caught inside a bar-disco in Casco Viejo, on  Friday night, May 28, during a police and Minsa joint operation.

Ana Lorena Chang, head of public health of the Metropolitan Region of the Ministry of Health, said that during an operation to verify the Covid-19 regulations in the San Felipe, it was found that there were around 300 people inside the premises.

"Several of them, around 60 underage people were drinking alcoholic beverages, we even found cigarettes and electronic cigarettes," said Chang.

The Juvenile Police took the adolescents for "their respective sanctions." There were adults without documentation, some of them foreigners.

Chang said ^that a report was raised to sanction the local because "they are still not allowed to remain open", due to the pandemic.

"What follows is the closure of the site," she said.

 

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Disco-bar faces closure after flouting covid rules

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31/05/2021

The Red Lion disco-bar in Casco  Viejo could face permanent closure after  a Friday night event which flouted capacity and social distancing rules and reactivation of an  activity disallowed during the pandemic,  

The director ad of Public Health of the Metropolitan Health Region, Ana Lorena Chang, confirmed that the respective sanctions will be applied to those responsible for organizing activities outside the law last amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday the health authorities reported that there were around 300 people inside the premises, of which at least 68 were minors.

The temporary closure of the premises will proceed and it will be the responsibility of the General Directorate of Health of the Ministry of Health to evaluate the final closure.

“There were minors under the age of 13, 14 who stayed late at night in a place where in addition to liquor, there were electronic cigarettes that were sold right there. Obviously, this is a more aggravating crime, ”said Dr. Chang.

Similarly, it is highlighted that there will be sanctions for the sports celebration that took place on Saturday by fans after the title won by the Plaza Amador club in the Panamanian Soccer League tournament.

 "In this type of sporting activities, they should always approach the corresponding health authority, which in this case is the regional level, not the local one, and in neither of the two situations, these people had come to ask for a permit as such because we verified whether or not they truly meet the capacity for this activity. If it does not comply, we will not proceed to give any permission, ”said Chang.

It should be noted that depending on the aggravating circumstances, the organizer (s) and possibly the sports team will be penalized.

Among the sanctions, which can be imposed by the Health Centers, the fine could reach up to $500 dollars and in the Regional Directorate up to $5,000.

 

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Storing vaccines while people die

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31/05/2021

The communications of the Ministry of Health and the Social Security Fund with patients and citizens are inefficient and confusing with regard to the management that must be carried out regarding the new conditions generated by the growing mass of vaccinated people. It is clear that the conditions of the pandemic have varied, but there is nothing that indicates, in turn, a change in the Government's policies for the progressive return to the new normal, except for the erratic lifting of mobility restrictions. While other countries - which are in the same process - return to their daily activities, in Panama there are still advances and setbacks, as, for example, the case of the immunization of teachers, some of whom do not plan to return to face-to-face classes on orders of Minsa itself, despite altering the order of vaccination, disadvantaging patients with chronic diseases. Now, the country has hundreds of thousands of vaccines waiting to be applied, but the excessive control exercised by the authorities prevents accelerating the vaccination program. Why not involve the private sector, when there have been offers in that regard? What's the point of storing vaccines when people are dying? –  LA  PRENSA, May 30.

 

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17th batch of Pfizer vaccine destined for Colon

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Posted 01/06/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) received on Tuesday, June 1, a new batch of 40,950 doses of vaccine against Covid-19 from the pharmaceutical duo Pfizer / BioNTec.

It is batch number 17 from Pfizer and according to the Health authorities, this shipment will be destined for immunization in circuits 3-1 and 3-2 (Colon) and to reinforce the second doses in other parts of the country.

The first doses will be vaccinated for people over 60 years of age, pregnant women, and teachers in these sectors.

According to the Minsa, in the latest report of the Expanded Program on Immunization, 1,071,998 doses against the coronavirus have already been applied at the national level, between Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

 

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Covid-19 infections and deaths resurge

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Posted 01/06/2021

Covid-19 infections and deaths are again on the rise with 3,654 new cases registered in epidemiological week 21 (May 23 to 29) an increase of 413    over the previous week, according to the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

In addition, 41 deaths were reported; the previous week there19 were 32. The epidemiological curve of deaths had more than five weeks on a plateau.

Cases and deaths increase in the midst of the vaccination program out by the Minsa with activities in which the recommended biosecurity measures are not complied with to avoid contagion.

Jorge Luis Prosperi, a public health specialist, said that traceability, sequencing, vaccination, among other factors, should continue to be strengthened, but at the local level, specifically, the townships where there are more cases.

The most recent epidemiology report from the Minsa - dated May 30 - showed that the townships of the province of Panama that registered the most cases were Juan Díaz (19), San Francisco (17), Don Bosco (15) , Rufina Alfaro (14) and Parque Lefevre (9).

 

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Subject: Health Alert: Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 2, 2021)
 

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Event: Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 2, 2021)

 

On June 1, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced modified curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 7.

 

Panama (including the District of San Miguelito)

  • Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of San Felipe, Taboga, East Otoque and West Otoque where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. 
  • Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.
  • There will be an exception to curfew hours on June 8 for transit after Panama's national soccer team match.  

Chiriqui

  • Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except the district of Remedios, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday.

Veraguas

  • Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except districts of Cañazas, Montijo, Calobre, Mariato, Rio de Jesus, and Santa Fe, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday.  

The rest of Panama remains under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.

  

For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

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 when in public.

 

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.

 

Actions to Take:

 

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 

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+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov  

https://pa.usembassy.gov/

 

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Curfew extended and party bars sanctioned

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Posted 02/06/2021

From next Monday, June 7, the curfew in the health regions of Panama and San Miguelito will be from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am, said Health, Minister Luis Francisco Sucre on  Monday, June 1.

Sucre explained that the measure is due to the increase in Covid-19 cases . "The indicators are on the rise and the virus is gaining ground," he added.

Due to the new curfew hours, shops must close at 9:00 p.m.

On June 8, when the match between the soccer teams of Panama and the Dominican Republic will be held, at 8:00 pm, an exception will be made so that fans who attend the game can return home when the game ends.

 On Monday, the Metropolitan Health Region  sanctioned   82 people for breach of sanitary regulations a total of $7,825 while  176 companies were slapped with fines totaling $41,934

Some places recently sanctioned by the Minsa are the Westin Hotel in Veracruz; the Red Lion restaurant and bar, which was temporarily closed; the Guadalupana clinic in El Parador (Pedregal), while La Fragata was closed and fined.

The inter-institutional team met with the Joint Task Force, Sucre said, to reinforce surveillance in areas where the number of cases has increased in the metropolitan region, such as the townships of San Francisco, Betania, Don Bosco, Juan Díaz, Bella Vista, and Parque Lefevre.

In the district of San Miguelito, a significant increase in the number of cases has also been reported, mainly in the townships of Rufina Alfaro, Amelia Denis de Icaza, José Domingo Espinar, and Omar Torrijos, the minister stressed.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/curfew-extended-and-party-bars-sanctioned

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Hotel and restaurant fined $5000 apiece for flouting  covid-19  rules

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Posted 02/06/2021

The Metropolitan Region of Health of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) fined the owners of La Fragata restaurant and the Westin hotel in Playa Bonita $5,000 s each for failing to comply with the regulations established for the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, La Fragata restaurant also received the sanction of temporary closure for a month.

Cedeño said that the closure expires on June 2, so they will be able to resume operations from Thursday, June 3.

He also highlighted that both La Fragata and the hotel have already canceled the fines

Sanctions were also imposed on two Red Lion locations, located in Bella Vista and San Felipe.

Cedeño clarified that the Red Lion store in San Felipe closed its operations permanently, while the Bella Vista site was fined $1,500.

Two weeks ago at the Playa Bonita hotel, there was an Arab music festival in which the biosecurity measures were breached. The event spanned four days and featured musicians and singers from Asia and Europe.

The Red Lion bar received the sanction because there was a party with a capacity of more than 300 people when only 30 could enter the premises.

 

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Health Minister warns Panama on edge of covid third wave

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Posted 04/06/2021

Health Mister Luis Francisco Sucre reiterated on Friday, June 4  that Panama is on the cusp of a third wave of covid-19 based on data recorded for three weeks.

The official's message also comes a few hours after he and his work team announced a change in the Panamanian vaccination policy with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

After knowing new scientific evidence and the results of studies in the United States and the United Kingdom on the AstraZeneca vaccine against  Covid-19, the Government decided to extend the interval to receive the second dose up to 12 weeks.
 
 

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-minister-warns-panama-on-edge-of-covid-third-wave-1

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Anti-vaccine groups "invent stories"– Health Minister

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Posted 05/06/2021

Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre, said on Saturday, June 5, during a tour of Darien province that there are anti-vaccine groups that will invent "any kind of thing" to persuade the population not to get vaccinated.

In Panama, 1,112,847 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been applied

"The only official source of whether or not a vaccine has a problem is the Ministry of Health," the minister emphasized.

He added that the Government took on the task of assuring the population that the biologicals administered in the country are efficient and safe for the population.

For this reason, the country's health authorities decided to distribute those of the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca. "The best choice we can make is to get vaccinated," he said.

Sucre said that Covid-19 is much "riskier" and can endanger the lives of the population ".

In Darién, the traceability, vaccination, and epidemiological situation actions were reviewed and evaluated in order to contain the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Sucre participated in a meeting with the health team of that region and with local authorities at the Traceability Operations and Control Center, where a presentation was made on epidemiological behavior and closely analyzed the needs that are required to stop the spread. of the virus.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/anti-vaccine-groups-invent-stories-health-minister-3

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7 covid-19 deaths raise total to 6,042

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06/06/2021

Seven deaths from covid-19 on Sunday June 6 brought the accumulated total deaths from the  virus to 6,402.

The Health Ministry (Minsa) reports 526 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 382,475 and they applied 7,676 tests, with a positivity of 6.8%.

The number of active cases totals 7,708. In home isolation, 7,285 are reported, of which 6,886 are at home and 399 in hotels.  There are 423 hospitalized , 361 are in ward and 62 in intensive care.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/7-covid-19-deaths-raise-total-to-6042

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