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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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Illegal vaccination center raided

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08/06/2021

The Public Ministry and units of the National Police carried out raids on Tuesday, June 8 in the Coco Del Mar Suites building as part of an investigation for illegal Covid-19 vaccinations sparked by a La Prensa investigation.

They also raided the Vidatec clinical laboratory, on Calle 64, in the San Francisco district.

Earlier in the day President Cortizo reacted to illegal vaccination calling those who participated in the activity 'stupid and gross' who could be victims of a scam

The Vidatec and Cordón de Vida Specialized Clinical Laboratories issued a statement amid the scandal that surrounds them. They assure that " they are not part of nor have they authorized any of their companies to carry out vaccination activities against covid-19 ."

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, went to the Public Ministry (MP) to file a complaint for the unauthorized vaccination.

According to Sucre, the Ministry does not know where the Pfizer vaccines come from that are applied - clandestinely - at the Coco del Mar Suites building, attended by personnel in Vidatec and Cordón de Vida uniforms. The director of the metropolitan region of Health, Israel Cedeño, even questioned that the vaccines are, in fact, from Pfizer.

Currently, the sale of anti-covid vaccines is prohibited. Pharmaceutical houses sell the product only to governments, not to private companies. In Panama, the vaccination is carried out directly by the Minsa, at no cost.

La Prensa report stated that Coco del Mar Suites charged up to $200 for the Pfizer vaccine. Only last Monday, June 7, at least 17 people went to the facilities to get vaccinated.

 

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Lab company in center of vaccination storm fires manager

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08/06/2021

The board of directors of the Vidatec and Cordón de Vida laboratories trying to distance themselves from the illegal vaccination scandal has fired its general manager.

President Cortizo, questioned the authenticity of the vaccine applied at Coco del Mar Suites, by Vidatec and Cordón de Vida staff for $200 per person. Supposedly they apply the dose of Pfizer, whose sale is prohibited and is only acquired and supplied (free) by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

"I do not know if those doses are real, but  we are going to know," warned the president during the act of delivery of the order to proceed with the construction of highways.

The president asked the population to be vaccinated only in places approved by the health authorities.

The Vidatec and Cordón de Vida board of directors ordered the separation of its manager Denisse Vega de Murzi on Tuesday, the same day that La Prensa published that personnel from these laboratories are applying anticovid vaccines (presumably from Pfizer) in a location in the Coco del Mar Suites, owned by Vega de Murzi.

"This surprised us and internally we proceeded to suspend it, in addition to being available to collaborate with whatever is necessary with the Public Ministry," Alberto Alemán Zubieta, president and director of Laboratorios Vidatec, SA told La Prensa.

Vega is the manager of both laboratories, where about 150 people work. In addition, she is on the Vidatec board of directors, as secretary. Her mother and husband are also on the board of directors, according to information from the Public Registry.

Alemán Zubieta said that inside the company they are investigating who were those who were vaccinated, but clarified that the premises in Coco del Mar Suites are not owned by the laboratories. The directors of the companies proceeded to appoint a new manager after the separation of Vega.

As La Prensa was able to verify, personnel from the Vidatec and Cordón de Vida companies were present at the vaccination site in Coco del Mar, as was Vega, who appears in the directives of both companies and who confirmed that the building where the clandestine vaccination was taking vaccination is her property.

The board of directors also issued a statement, which says that "they do not form or have authorized any of our companies to carry out vaccination activities against Covid-19 ."

According to this statement, the board of directors had no knowledge of the operation of this anticovid vaccination center, where alleged doses of Pfizer were applied to 17 people, on Monday, June 7.

 

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Home parties cause surge in virus cases

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08/06/2021

The sectors of San Antonio, Cerro Viento and Brisas del Golf in the Rufina  Alfaro Township have been registering an increase in COVID-19 cases, as a result of parties that take place at homes, says the Ministry of Health. The cases are being detected among young people, whose ages range from 20 to 39 years. "It is important to respect the family bubble, said the regional director of Health of San Miguelito, Yaritzel Ríos.

The Region has   667 active cases and  a  re-transmission rate (Rt) of 1.23.

 

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Clandestine vaccinations uncovered

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08/06/2021

Health authorities must carry out a thorough investigation in the case of an alleged clandestine vaccination that this media confirmed yesterday. It is a serious complaint, in which it would be necessary to determine if there was a fraud or if the people who were vaccinated received immunization doses from third parties that are under the strict custody of the Ministry of Health and the Social Security Fund. If the latter is the case, it is necessary to clarify how they reached private hands, if they were sold. And if this operation was never approved by the competent authority, then the weight of the law should fall on all those involved, since these vaccines would have been paid for with money from the State. And the punishment needs to be exemplary, both as if these were false vaccines and if they were true, since, in any case, it would be gambling with the health of the people who received these doses, clandestinely. But also, if it was a theft of vaccines, there is no doubt that their custodians will have to be investigated, if there were orders to deliver them and, in that case, who issued them. Health authorities risk their reputations on this investigation. LA PRENSA, Jun. 8

 

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Government enabled vaccine black market

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09/06/2021

The Health Minister has asked the population to be vigilant against clandestine vaccinations, such as the one discovered last Monday. This request is absurd for several reasons. The first, because the population has done it, not only in the case of vaccines - which several complaints have made about it, including the quasi-clandestine vaccination in the National Assembly - but in innumerable situations of evident corruption without consequences for anyone. So, a vigil in that direction is almost useless. Second, the Government has been in the custody of the vaccines all the time and what has happened shows the weakness of its controls, because we have seen that not even with the police is the property of Panamanians respected.

On the other hand, it is worth wondering if those vaccinated clandestinely are entirely to blame for this black market. It was the Government that decided to maintain absolute control of the vaccines, despite the fact that private sector hospitals offered to administer the vaccine at no cost. No, not all the fault lies with the vaccinated. The erratic vaccination schedule - which has displaced the chronically ill - also leads to despair. And the fault of that also belongs to the Government LA PRENSA, Jun. 9


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Former president and family circle got VIP vaccinations

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Posted 10/06/2021

Former PRD president Ernesto Pérez Balladares confirmed on Wednesday that he and his family circle joined the list of VIP vaccinations and were vaccinated at home.

The former president said he deserved such deference because "someone who served the country honestly should have some consideration” reports La Prensa.
The newspaper learned of the vaccination through a complaint made by a person who asked to keep his identity confidential. The source assured that the person who had authorized this procedure had been the Minister-Counselor Eyra Ruiz, who also directs the Panavac vaccination program.

When asked about it, Ruiz denied it, but, when questioned after the interview in which Pérez Balladares admitted that he was vaccinated at home, she, and that it was "humanly impossible" to be behind the 1,460,000doses applied ". and the nurses keep those records.

In the anonymous complaint that La Prensa received, it was explained that the former president was vaccinated along with his wife and more than 10 relatives. Asked about this, Pérez Balladares also confirmed that, he and his family circle were vaccinated before leaving for a trip to Turkey. He said he did not remember the exact date, although in networks it is known that he was traveling in mid-April

 

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Health Counselor and Vice President react to innuendos

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Eyra Ruiz denies friendship

Posted 10/06/2021

The investigations led by the Public Ministry of clandestine vaccinations in Coco del Mar have fired up accusations on social media of close connections between Ministry of Health counselor  Eyra Ruiz and Denisse Vega former manager of a laboratory linked to the scandal.

On Wednesday, June 9  Ruiz told La Estrella that they have not given any instructions to work with a private clinic or laboratory to vaccinate and much less to sell them. "Let the justice do what it has to do and that the prosecution investigates if those vaccines came from outside, if they were saline solution vaccines or if these vaccines came from somewhere in the National Government, which I am sure they are not because we have not given no instructions to work with any clinic or any private laboratory to give vaccines and sell them, ”Ruiz said.

She pointed out that Denisse Vega, a member of the board of directors of Vidatec and Cordón de Vida, companies accused of using their premises for clandestine vaccination, is only known. “She offers the laboratory service as she offers it to all gynecologists in the country. In fact, she is a professional woman and I have always had respect for her like any professional woman, but to say that I practically have coffee and cookies with her and tea every day is not true.

I really know the father Dr. Mario Vega, who is a gynecologist like me, and I know what the family must be going through."

Meanwhile Vice President and Minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Carrizo, announced that he will proceed legally against the promoters of attacks, infamies, lies, and slander against him and his family. after social networks mentioned supposed friendships of a relative of Carrizo with people who presumably may be linked to this fact.

On Wednesday Carrizo on his Twitter account posted messages referring to the ‘attacks.’

“For long months I have endured with stoicism a myriad of insults, reproaches, and slander, despite the fact that they lack any foundation," he said.

He stressed that so far, he has proceeded by virtue of being an elected official and convinced that, as such, he must respect public scrutiny. However, he stressed that "it is intolerable that in the face of not responding to completely unjust accusations, the attacks are directed towards members of my family, pointing out alleged links with inappropriate matters, which can only be conceived by unhealthy minds."

Carrizo warned that he reserves the right to proceed legally against those who may be the material authors or promoters of the “infamies”.

 

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Clandestine vaccination probe heats up

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Jerónimo Mejía,

Posted 11/06/2021

The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office is looking for the concierge of the Coco del Mar Suites building, and the 17 people who were vaccinated (presumably with the dose of Pfizer), last Monday as part of the investigation into the operation of an alleged clandestine anti-covid vaccination center, denounced by La Prensa earlier this week.

The sources did not specify if these people would be charged in the process that, according to prosecutor Ruth Morcillo, is instructed by the alleged commission of crimes against the public administration, since the Ministry of Health (Minsa) is the only competent institution to manage vaccines against covid-19.

As part of the process, the staff of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office also began to analyze the documents found in room 9 of the Coco del Mar Suites building, as well as the material collected in the Vidatec laboratory offices, on Calle 64 San Francisco, during two separate raids carried out by the prosecutor on Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, filed a complaint related to the alleged clandestine vaccination center.

Sources linked to the investigation revealed that the prosecution also requested information about local 9 of the Coco del Mar Suites building, where the alleged clandestine vaccination center operated, to establish who its owner is or if it was rented.

Denisse Vega, until last Tuesday manager of Vidatec and Cordón de Vida laboratories –suspended by the board of directors of the companies as a result of the scandal–, admitted to La Prensa that she was the owner of that building.

She was seen and photographed last Monday at Local 9 of the Coco del Mar Suites building, but later claimed to have absolutely nothing to do with the alleged clandestine vaccination center that would operate there. Personnel from Vidatec and Cordón de Vida laboratories were also seen and photographed at the site on Monday.

On  Thursday it was learned that lawyers Abilio Batista and former Supreme  Court judge Jerónimo Mejía,  were representing Vega but neither wanted to provide statements to the media.

 

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Journalist files death threats complaint

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Posted 11/06/2021

La Prensa journalist Flor Mizrachi presented a complaint before the Primary Care Section of the Metropolitan Prosecutor's Office, on Friday morning after the threatening phone calls and messages she received in recent days.

The threats came after   the newspaper published two reports about irregularities in the vaccination process against Covid-19 in the country.

Mizrachi revealed that in these anonymous calls they warned her that "I must take care of my life."

 

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Death threats follow vaccine abuse reports

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Posted 11/06/2021

ONE OF our journalists - who has been reporting on clandestine and VIP vaccinations - has been threatened by strangers who take on the cowardly task of phoning to warn her to "take care of her life." These threats arise, precisely, after the publications that the reporter made about the abusive use of vaccines. And this is the consequence of having governments with an air of absolutism, whose officials - and former officials - believe they are above the law and their fellow citizens, who allow individuals like these to resort to the old - but not forgotten - practices of gorillas: intimidation, in an effort to achieve self-censorship. True or false, we do not take these threats lightly, as they mark the beginning of behaviors that seek to intimidate, damaging freedom of expression. First, that of a journalist; then that of all Panamanians. It is amazing that we have reached this point, where intolerance is the new trend in our society. But let us not be surprised: it is enough to listen to the hate speech and the discrediting campaigns of some politicians against the media and communicators. It was only a matter of time before the threats against their lives arrived.- LA PRENSA, Jun.11

 

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San Francisco  heads list of positive covid cases

Posted 11/06/2021

The San Francisco district with 422 cases tops the list of sectors with the most positive cases of Covid-19 says a report issued by the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), until June 10.

They are followed by the townships of Rufina Alfaro (San Miguelito) with 298; Juan Díaz with 264; Bella Vista at 234; Bethany with 232; Tocumen with 189, Parque Lefevre with 185, Ailigandí (Guna Yala region) with 171 cases; David (Chiriquí) with 165 and Don Bosco with 160.

 

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916 new covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

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Posted 12/06/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported 916 new covid virus infections and 7 deaths on Friday, June 11 with this new update, the country accumulates 6,427 deaths for a fatality rate of 1.7%.

According to the health authorities, to date, 12,855 tests have been applied, with a positivity rate of 7.1%.

 

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Prison system director dies of covid-19

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Posted 12/06/2021

Andrés Gutiérrez Bonilla, 54,director-general of the Panama prison system, died  from Covid-19 on Saturday  reports, the Ministry of Government

Gutiérrez Bonilla had started work as director of the prison system in December 2020.

He was a graduate of the University of Panama, where he obtained a degree in law and political science. He had specialties in criminal investigation, higher education, and police.

He was a retired officer, from the Directorate of Judicial Investigation of the National Police.

 

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Coronavirus Delta variant more dangerous

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Posted 13/06/2021

As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads in southeastern China, doctors say they are finding that the symptoms are different and more dangerous than those they saw when the initial version of the virus started spreading in late 2019 in the central city of Wuhan reports The New York Times. 

Patients are becoming sicker and their conditions are worsening much more quickly, doctors told state-run television on Thursday and Friday. Four-fifths of symptomatic cases developed fevers, they said, although it was not clear how that compared with earlier cases. The virus concentrations that are detected in their bodies climb to levels higher than previously seen, and then decline only slowly, the doctors said.

Up to 12 percent of patients become severely or critically ill within three to four days of the onset of symptoms, said Guan Xiangdong, director of critical care medicine at Sun Yat-sen University in the city of Guangzhou, where the outbreak has been centered. In the past, the proportion had been 2 percent or 3 percent, although occasionally up to 10 percent, he said.

 

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Preventive detention for vaccine scammer who posed as doctor

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Posted 13/06/2021

ntee judge Adrián Hernández ordered, on Sunday, June 13  the preventive detention of Matías Pérez Escudero , who is being investigated in the clandestine vaccination scam in the Coco del Mar Suites building.

At the hearing, the Superior Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Ruth Morcillo , said  that the defendant is linked to two days of clandestine vaccinations, one on June 1 and the other on June 7, after the WhatsApp contact by which the  the calls were made was verified,

Morcillo indicated that an analysis of the vaccines handled by Pérez Escudero would have determined that they do not belong to the lots of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

The judge also legalized the arrest and indictment of Pérez Escudero for the alleged commission of the crimes of fraud, against public faith and illegal exercise of the medical profession. El Siglo reports that he was previously charged as Dr Adames.

There was a 15-minute recess in the hearing to study alternative solutions to the process, such as a penalty agreement or any other of the options allowed by the Penal Code  reports La Prensa but, this option was finally rejected by the judge, given the seriousness of the crimes charged.

Pérez Escudero, 40, is the man who on Monday, June 7, was surprised by La Prensa at local 9 at Coco del Mar Suites, carrying a black briefcase with alleged doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. The doses were applied o 17 people, who allegedly paid $200 each.

“This comes from above. This is being done out of friendship. This is another center, like Rommel Fernández, ”Pérez Escudero told La Prensa journalist Flor Mizrachi.

Pérez Escudero told Mizrachi to speak with Saúl Pastrana, from the Ministry of Health but there is no one with that name on the entity's payroll.

 

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868 new covid cases, 10 deaths

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Tests reveal 6.3% positivity

Posted 13/06/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa)  on Saturday, June 12, reported 858 new cases of covid-19 and  10 deaths bringing  the cumulative total of cases to 387,127 and deaths to 6,439.

They applied 13,536 tests, with 6.3% positivity. Active cases total 9,091. and with 461 hospitalized and 396 of them are in the ward and 65 are in ICU.

 

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The Covid-19 tide table

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Posted 13/06/2021

By  Dra Marta Illueca La Prensa Jun.13

In Panama, we have the great blessing of being a double coastal country. The vast majority of the population has easy access to beaches for healthy fun, but they are not without their dangers and risks to life. For this reason, we rely on our beach culture and also on the weather experience. The latter informs us of the behavior pattern of this giant of our planet, which bathes us and offers us hospitality in its waters, in addition to all due precautions.

The oceans have a consistent movement, caused by the gravitational force between our planet and, the moon. The tides are the result of this interaction and are recurring, predictable, and variable. Those who regularly use the beaches have a habit of observing the intensity of the waves, their height, and speed, and others check the tide tables. It is easy to bathe and swim at low tide, as it is much safer than venturing out to compete with the waves at high tide. It is not pleasant to be "rolled" by a wave. The World Health Organization tabulated 236,000 drownings in 2019. Globally, deaths from drowning are the third leading cause of death due to accidental trauma and are the fifth leading cause of death in pediatric age, more frequent in the first 4 years of life. It is logical, then, that the fear of drowning induces us to check the tide tables or at least observe the rhythm of the waves before entering the sea. And just as bathers rely on the aforementioned tide tables, we also have technologies that protect us from the most dangerous waves, such as breakwaters and lifeguards.

This analogy of the tides helps me to address a worrying topic, which is the reason for countless questions regarding Covid-19. Are we going to have a third wave? A fourth? Will it be worse than the previous one? Will the quarantine and the collapse of the health system return? I suggest leaning on the science of epidemiology to understand that epidemics have waves and tidal patterns that can be analyzed and dealt with. Covid-19 is still a new disease. We do not have the benefit of time to draw a curve, long enough, to predict the periodicity of the spikes. And it is also too early to see the effect of vaccination on the observed peaks. The most essential thing is to understand that more waves could occur until a couple of scenarios occur. Either herd immunity is achieved or we achieve such a degree of vaccination that the transmissibility of the coronavirus and its health impact weakens like a simple “stride”, with few complicated cases and few deaths.

To face the waves of Covid-19, we have two main strategies, one at the community level and the other at the personal level. Mass vaccination is the community breakwater and the decision to get vaccinated is your personal lifesaver. Neither strategy is perfect. Thus, there will always be drowning, for not knowing how to swim or for not wanting to use life jackets or even for being unwary. And then, of course, there will be bad weather and changes in the weather beyond our control.

The same will be with Covid-19. Not getting vaccinated is like “riding” with the waves of a choppy sea, without a life jacket. The “waves” of the virus will continue and our responsibility is one of mutual solidarity, to support vaccination and biosecurity measures. Health authorities must be left to monitor each new wave or rebound while monitoring community transmission and new variants of the virus. It is up to us to lead a responsible life, avoid "high tides" and put on our life jackets.

The author is a doctor, scientific researcher and theologian

 

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OPINION: Painful Vaccination  Chaos

Posted 14/06/2021

The vaccination campaigns usually carried out by the Ministry of Health have been successful in the past and placed Panama on the world map in this matter. With this precedent, the anticovid immunization days began, but the technicians were relegated. Politicians took control, causing disorganization, despite the fact that health officials worked on a national vaccination plan, but it was left in the hands of the Minister-Counselor, Eyra Ruiz. And what started well now is painful chaos, in which bad and hasty decisions prevail; privileges, patronage and even a presumed black market. All this is the responsibility of the President of the Republic, who put a person from his political environment to direct the program, which today reflects the misrule we are experiencing, and that it is on the verge of spiraling out of control - if it is not already - due to its evident lack of decision and complacency. The bags with food for those affected by Covid-19 - also in control of the Presidency - now result in another scandal. If Laurentino Cortizo is not involved, it is better for him to start acting as president now and stop acting as a partner, because all eyes are on him. - LA PRENSA, Jun. 14

 

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Gorgas Institute to test illegal vaccine recipients

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Posted 14/06/2021

The Gorgas Memorial Institute could carry out scientific tests on the people who participated in the clandestine vaccination at the request of the Public Ministry, as part of the investigations.

The attorney general of the Nation in charge, Javier Caraballo asked the people who were vaccinated to undergo this test to determine scientifically if they were inoculated with a vaccine against covid or some other substance.

"This will allow us to rule out or confirm other theories of the case, this will allow us to determine if we are facing a crime of embezzlement, in case they have been vaccinated with a covid vaccine or if we are against a crime against public health if the opposite turns out, ”explained Caraballo.

On Sunday, June 13, a man was charged and ordered provisional arrest for the alleged commission of the crimes of fraud, public faith, and illegal exercise of the profession.

 

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56 vaccinated healthcare workers have covid-19

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Posted 15/06/2021

56 health care workers from the Rafael Hernández de David regional hospital, Chiriquí, who more than two weeks ago received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine , are infected with Covid-19  reports La Prensa.

The information was confirmed to La Prensa by the director of the Social Security Fund (CSS) , Enrique Lau Cortés, who reported that the 56 infected were sent to their homes, to comply with the regulatory isolation and that most are asymptomatic or with slight discomfort.

At the regional hospital in David, 1,770 people have already been vaccinated, according to Lau. Of them, as said, there are 56 confirmed infected, but the director of the CSS still does not know why.

In the Children's Hospital there are around 2,000 immunized officials, with 7 cases of infections after the vaccine.

This Tuesday, Lau said, he will travel to Chiriquí to verify the situation, receive a 40-bed field hospital donated by the United States government and evaluate the hospital capacity of the region.

 

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VACCINATION: Time to use private sector

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Posted 15/06/2021

The numbers of the pandemic once again show worrying levels that have led specialists to warn that we are in the presence of a third wave, that is, new spikes in infections and deaths due to Covid-19. We are experiencing this when hundreds of thousands of vaccines have arrived in the country, with which the population is being immunized. However, the pace of implementation does not seem to be as fast as this crisis warrants. The Ministry of Health is reluctant to offer private clinics and hospitals that have been made available to speed up vaccination days. The Health Authority is determined to maintain strict control over vaccines, which in practice is not the case. We have witnessed irregularities, in which supporters have been privileged, politicians, and officials, so it is inexplicable that, having had failures, does not want to give the private sector the opportunity to be of use in these immunization sessions. Meanwhile, the population must continue to observe the recommended hygienic measures, in order to keep this third wave of infections and deaths at bay, which could be worse than the previous ones, considering the potential danger posed by the presence in the country of new variants of the virus.- LA PRENSA, Jun 15

 

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Sent: 6/17/2021 3:42:54 PM
Subject: Health Alert: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 17, 2021)

 

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Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 17, 2021)

 

On June 15, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 20.

 

Panama

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, 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.

 

Panama Oeste

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.

 

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 districts of Remedios, San Lorenzo, and Tole, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday.

 

Colon

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.

·         The district of Aguadulce will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m until Monday at 4:00 a.m.

 

Herrera and Los Santos

·         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 Los Pozos, Ocu, Pedasi, and Pocri, 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 Calobre, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Mariato, Montijo, 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 – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain 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. 

 

·         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. 

 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov  

https://pa.usembassy.gov/

 

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

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

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Sent: 6/17/2021 7:29:23 PM
Subject: Revised Health Alert: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 17, 2021)
 

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Revised Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 17, 2021)

 

On June 15, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 20.

 

Panama

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, 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.

 

Panama Oeste

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.

 

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 districts of Remedios, San Lorenzo, and Tole, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday.

 

Cocle

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.

·         The district of Aguadulce will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m until Monday at 4:00 a.m.

 

Colon

·         Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.

 

Herrera and Los Santos

·         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 Los Pozos, Ocu, Pedasi, and Pocri, 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 Calobre, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Mariato, Montijo, 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 – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain 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. 

 

·         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. 

 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov  

https://pa.usembassy.gov/

 

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

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

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

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No Panama deaths due to vaccine - Minsa

Posted 17/06/2021

No deaths have been reported due to vaccines against covid-19 said the director of Public Health, of the Health Ministry (Minsa), Nadja Porcell, on Thursday, June 17.

"The deaths that have been registered have been patients who have died from Covid-19, but who are not attributed to the vaccine," said Porcell.

According to ministry records, in recent months a decrease in deaths has been noted in the country and the fatality percentage remains below 2. According to the latest epidemiological report, it is 1.7%.

Porcell explained that the vaccination process shows a significant decrease in the mortality of older adults.

In its biweekly report, the  (Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted that Panama, highlighting that the majority of people over 60 years of age already have the complete immunization cycle against the virus.

“Preliminarily, the hypothesis could be generated that the observed trends could be the effect of vaccination; however, the situation should continue to be observed and have more information on what is happening in other population groups where vaccination is expanding ”, PAHO says.

Porcell reiterated that being immunized, people who become infected have the possibility of presenting a positive evolution and developing milder forms of the disease.

 

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Covid-19  active cases mounting

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Tracing teams in Los Santos which has seen a spike in cases

Posted 17/06/2021

On Wednesday, June 16, 1,048 new infections were registered raising the number of active cases to 9,868.

The new cases were detected after 13,943 tests were applied, which yielded a positivity of 7.7%.

There are 532 hospitalized patients, of which 456 remain confined in wards and 76 in intensive care units.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-19-active-cases-mounting

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