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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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Subject: Alert: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 24, 2021)
 

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Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 24, 2021)

 

On June 22, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 27. See Comunicado No. 483 for details.

 Colon

·       Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district.

·       Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts on the Atlantic coast.

·       Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts on the Atlantic coast.

Los Santos

·       Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. for the following districts: Las Tablas, Macaracas, and Los Santos.

·       Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Pedasi and Pocri districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.

·       Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts.

Herrera

·       Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre district only.

·       Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Santa Maria, Las Minas, and Los Pozos districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.

·       Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts.

Chiriqui

·       Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts.

·       Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: Remedios, Renacimiento, Gualaca, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo.

·       Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the following districts: David, Bugaba, Dolega, Baru, Tierras Altas, Alanje, Boquete, and Boqueron.

Veraguas

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

·       Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: San Francisco, Montijo, Calobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato.

·       The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780: Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa.

Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including:

 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.

 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.   

 Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/.

 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. 

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Clayton, Panama 

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Covid-19  new cases surge past 1000 for second day

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Posted 24/06/2021

Panama passed the 1000 mark of new cases  of covid-19 for the second day on Wednesday and 7  deaths bringing a total of 6,491 accumulated deaths since the pandemic began

Active cases total 11,081. There are 609 hospitalized and 526 of them are in the ward and 83 are in ICU.

 

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Panama nears 6,500 covid deaths

Posted 25/06/2021

Panama is approaching 6,500  covid-19 deaths since the first case was announced on March 9 2020 with the health regions of San Miguelito and Metropolitana report the two highest mortality rates: 236.5 and 208 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively. The national average mortality rate is 151 deaths per 100,000 people.

 

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PANDEMIC: First line of defense is us

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Posted 26/06/2021

The third peak of the pandemic is in development. That means cases are climbing at a higher rate than normal, and consequently, Covid wards in hospitals, including intensive and semi-intensive care units, are reaching their peak, totaling more than 11,1,000 active cases, while deaths are on the rise. That is why it is very important that the population continue to observe the sanitary security measures suggested by the health authorities. Citizens must continue to avoid crowds; maintain contact (if possible) only with the family bubble and refrain from going out if it is not absolutely necessary. Let us remember that if the situation worsens, there will be new restrictions and confinement measures, something that we want neither for our mental health nor for the damage that this entails to the economy of the home and of the companies. As if that were not enough, we must remember that new variants of the virus are lurking, and even those vaccinated would be in mortal danger if they are infected with these new strains. Ultimately, it is essential to remain vigilant and comply with the recommendations. The first ring of containment of the disease is us.  LA PRENSA, Jun 26.

 

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Rebound in coronavirus cases – 11,693 active

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Posted 26/06/2021

The rebound in Covid-19 cases in the country of 897 infections a day in the last 15 days, reports of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Health authorities confirmed earlier this week that Panama is already experiencing the third wave of the virus and the figures for the last 15 days exceed by 3,714 new patients in the previous two weeks.

Between May 27 and June 10, 9,753 cases (62 deaths) were counted, while from June 11 to 25, 13,467 positive people (86 deaths) were added.

If the monthly figures are compared, already June 2021 with 20,723 cases exceeded the record that occurred in the month of May of 13,521.

The monthly positivity of May was 5.17% and that of June was 7.31%.

In the epidemiological report released Friday, in Panama, there are 11,653 active cases.

In the last 24 hours, it was reported that 10 townships had at least 20 new cases of coronavirus. 

Tocumen and San Francisco added 32 positive people each.

 

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Covid-19 cases highest since February 18

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Posted 26/06/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Saturday, June 26, that in the past 24 hours 9 people died from Covid-19 bringing the accumulated number of deaths to 6,514.

The Minsa detailed that active cases rose to 11,814, A figure that has not been seen since February 18, when 11,337 active cases were reported.

There were 1,057new cases, after the application of 13,826 tests. The percentage of positivity is 7.6%.

Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized in ward totaled 548, and in intensive care units rose to 102.

 

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Longer time between AstraZeneca jabs improves immunity - study

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Posted 28/06/2021

An interval of several months between the first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca / Oxford improves immunity, according to a study published Monday by the University of Oxford.

The researchers showed that, far from reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine, an interval of up to 45 weeks between the two doses improves the immune response to the virus.

"This should be reassuring news for countries with fewer vaccine supplies, which may be concerned about delays in getting second doses for their populations," said Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, which developed the vaccine. with the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca.

"There is an excellent response to the second dose even 10 months after receiving the first," he stressed.

Another Oxford University study published in February by the prestigious scientific journal in The Lancet already indicated that the efficacy of the vaccine was greater with a three-month interval between doses (81%) than with a six-week interval (55 %).

As a result of this new study, the researchers also discovered that a third dose injected more than six months after the second leads to a “significant increase” in antibodies and causes a “strong increase” in the immune response against Covid- 19, including against known variants of the coronavirus.

"We do not know whether booster injections will be needed due to decreased immunity or to increase immunity against variants," said Teresa Lambe, lead author of the studies. But she noted that the research shows that a third dose of the vaccine "is well tolerated and significantly increases the response to the level of antibodies."

"It is very encouraging news if a third dose is found to be necessary," she added.

The researchers also claim that the vaccine caused "fewer side effects after the second and third doses than after the first."

 

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Total Sunday lockdown returns to La Chorrera

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Posted 30/06/2021

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, announced on Tuesday, June 29 a total quarantine on Sundays for the district of La Chorrera, Pesé and Penonomé, due to increases in cases of covid-19 and variants in these areas.

 

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Subject: Alert: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (July 1, 2021)
 

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Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (July 1, 2021) 

 

On June 29, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective Sunday, July 4.  See the MINSA Twitter page for details.  Restrictions announced on June 22, in Comunicado No. 483, remain in effect. 

 

Cocle 

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Penonome and Aguadulce districts. 

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

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

 

Panama Oeste 

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in La Chorrera district. 

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

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

 

Herrera 

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre and Pese districts only. 

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Ocu and Los Pozos districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. 

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts. 

 

Previously announced restrictions: 

 

Colon 

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district. 

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts on the Atlantic coast. 

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts on the Atlantic coast. 

 

Los Santos 

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. for the following districts: Las TablasMacaracas, and Los Santos. 

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Pedasi and Pocri districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. 

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts. 

 

Chiriqui 

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts.  

·                  Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: Remedios, RenacimientoGualaca, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo. 

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the following districts: David, BugabaDolegaBaru, Tierras AltasAlanje, Boquete, and Boqueron. 

 

Veraguas 

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

·                  Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: San Francisco, MontijoCalobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato 

·                  The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780: Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa. 

 

Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including: 

 

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.  

 

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. 

 

Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/. 

 

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 websiteTwitter 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 

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Two jabs of vaccine appear effective against Delta variant

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Posted 01/07/2021

Two doses of vaccine appear to protect effectively against the highly contagious and rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Thursday.

"Information from concrete tests shows that two doses of vaccine protect against the Delta variant," said Marco Cavaleri, head of EMA's vaccine strategy.

Coronavirus cases have increased again since last week in Europe, after ten consecutive weeks of decline, the Europe section of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, attributing the increase to this variant.

"We are aware of the concern about the rapid spread of the Delta variant," said Cavaleri.

"Currently, it appears that the four vaccines approved in the European Union (EU) protect against all strains circulating in Europe, including the Delta variant," he added.

These four vaccines approved for the EU by the EMA are Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

The WHO predicts that the Delta variant, initially detected in India, will be "dominant" between now and August, confirming the forecast of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC, for its acronym in English), which estimated that 90 % of cases within the EU will be due to this variant at that time. 

In the USA the Delta variant has been detected in all 50 states while the spread of misinformation about vaccines continues to be used as a political weapon.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/two-jabs-of-vaccine-appear-effective-against-delta-variant

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Active covid-19 cases surge to 12,670

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Posted 02/07/2021

The number of new cases of covid-19 surged by 1,205 on Thursday bringing the total of active cases to 12,760 and a cumulative total of 404,983. There were 5 deaths raising the accumulated total to 6,552

The hospitalized total is 683, of which 577 are in a ward and 106 in an intensive care unit.

 

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Gorgas delivers clandestine vaccination test results

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Posted 03/07/2021

The Gorgas Memorial Institute has sent the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (Imelcf) the results of the tests carried out on 32 people inoculated in clandestine vaccination days in Coco del Mar and Punta Pacifica.

Sources from the Public Ministry detailed to La Prensa that last week the Gorgas concluded with the antigen tests and that now it is up to the Imelcf to carry out the registration process and notify the Public Ministry of the results.

Based on the results of the tests made by the Gorgas and the Imelcf, the Public Ministry will make the decision to impute new charges. In the event that the evidence reveals that they were vaccines from the pharmaceutical duo Pfizer / BioNTech, which are only purchased by the State, the crime of embezzlement could be charged says La Prensa and if it was established that it was a placebo or a substance other than the vaccine, the crime against public health could be added to the case.

The antigen tests were carried out on those inoculated with supposed vaccines against Covid-19 on June 1, in a vaccination session held in Punta Pacifica, in apartment 43 of the Pacific Point building. That day would have been called by Celine Gazal de Esses, to vaccinate 15 people. The second clandestine vaccination was carried out on June 7, in the Coco del Mar Suite building, in a place belonging to Denisse Vega de Murzi, in which 17 people were vaccinated. Vega is linked to the Cordón de Vida and Vidatec companies.

The last day was exposed by La Prensa, which motivated the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, to file a complaint with the Public Ministry on June 8.

Charges were brought against Matías Pérez Escudero, who -according to the investigation- was the person who posed as a doctor and vaccinated patients with the alleged Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, in exchange for $ 200.

In the investigation of clandestine vaccines, carried out by the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, the origin of the doses has not been determined, since officials from the Ministry of Health assure that the bottles used in the 32 vaccinated people do not correspond to the batches delivered by Pfizer / BioNTech to Panama.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/gorgas-delivers-clandestine-vaccination-test-results

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Hotel and restaurant workers eligible for anti-covid jabs

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Posted 04/07/2021

Starting on Tuesday, July 6, immunization with the AstraZeneca vaccine will begin for workers in the capital's hotels and restaurants, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Saturday, July 3.

The vaccinations will take place at the vaccination point located in Albrook Mall, from 7:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon.

The initiative has the support of the Panama Association of Restaurants and Related Products (ARAP), and the Panamanian Association of Hotels (Apatel).

 

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Panama pandemic cases zoom 10.6%

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Posted 04/07/2021

Panama averaged over 1,000  new cases a  day of covid-19   in the epidemiological week, from June 27 to July 3, something that has not happened since last February.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health (Minsa), in the last seven days, 7,453 new infections were reported, which is 10.6% more than the previous week

Epidemiologist Arturo Rebollón stressed that if the growth continues, next week, instead of averaging 1000 cases per day, it would be 1,100. He warned that in 15 days we went from having 70 patients in the intensive care unit to more than 100 which indicates that there is a third wave gaining strength.

"Definitely, July will be a difficult month in terms of managing the pandemic,"  he said.

According to the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, for now, they have control of the situation, although he recognized that 8% positivity like the current one is not ideal.

From today, in the districts of Pesé and Chitré (Herrera), La Chorrera (Panama Oeste) and Penonomé and Aguadulce (Coclé), a total Sunday quarantine will operate.

July is a challenge for the country in terms of the management and control of the pandemic generated by Covid-19 since the third wave could reach its highest point during this month.

In the opinion of the epidemiologist, there is the real problem of the pandemic, since half of the infected who enter the ICU end up dying or causing a high occupancy in hospital beds.

However, he recalled that a million doses of vaccines will be received in July and that would be a great weapon to protect the population against hospitalizations or serious forms of the disease.

in Panama 561,973 people have completed the vaccination cycle, that is, they received two doses, either of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine or of AstraZeneca. That represents 13.3% of the population.

Fatigue

Public health specialist Jorge Luis Prosperi agreed with Rebollón that citizen discipline has been cracked and there are many citizens, especially young people, who, defeated by pandemic fatigue, have chosen bo to comply with security measures, putting themselves they and their relatives in danger.

"As if that were not enough, there is a growing number of people who say, on social networks, that vaccines do not work and reject them, which is a mistake, since it is proven in other latitudes that more than 90% of the mortality occurs among unvaccinated people.

-The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), reports that with 6,514 deaths as of June 26, Panama ranks third among the Central American countries with the highest number of deaths, after Guatemala and Honduras.

In turn, it registers a mortality of 150.1 per 100,000people, which is lower than the average mortality for America, which is 185 per 100.000.

 

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Over 1.6 million covid vaccinations

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Posted 05/07/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Sunday, July 4, that 1,600,437 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been applied in Panama.

 Vaccination against covid-19  began with the Pfizer vaccine on January 20 and on April 20 the AstraZeneca vaccine  was administered to 18,000  men over 30 years old and women over 50 years old.

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The Minsa reported that since the Tocumen International Airport resumed its activities in October 2020, 156,017 tests have been carried out and, a total of 1,630 positive travelers with Covid-19 have been detected including two on Sunday.

 

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‘Vaccine  failures’ a misnomer

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A low percentage of people covered with the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have acquired the disease, but the protection developed by the drugs has prevented hospitalizations and deaths, demonstrating the effectiveness of the vaccines reports TVN.

For doctors, calling these events "vaccine failures" is not correct because none of the drugs developed against the disease cover 100%, but they meet the objective that patients do not develop a serious condition, most are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, which is why they prefer to call it post-vaccination infection.

This infection in most cases occurs two weeks after the second dose, according to Dr. Eduardo  Ortega, a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Research Consortium, said that only 0.3% of people vaccinated with Pfizer and AstraZeneca have contracted the virus shortly after acquiring the drug, however, none of these people have become seriously ill.

Despite progress in the inoculation program in Panama, with the arrival of the third wave, most of the positive cases are registered among young people, but adults in the age range of 60 to 79 years are the ones that contribute the most to the number of deaths so that age and chronic diseases continue to be a determining factor.

Ortega said on AM News, that in countries like Israel where the use of masks has returned, it is because 40% of its population does highlighted the importance of vaccination to avoid developing a severe covid that leads to death.

“Without a doubt, those vaccinated are more protected. Two doses of AstraZeneca protect 92% and Pfizer 96% against hospitalization, ”he noted.

Dr. Julio Sandoval explained that hospitalized patients are between 20 and 50 years of age, with the common denominator that none are vaccinated.

"Vaccination is fulfilling its main objectives: avoiding deaths and hospitalization in vulnerable people over 60 years of age, chronic diseases and exposed personnel people who are becoming infected while vaccinated (10%) have a mild disease, do not get worse or die", Sandoval explained.

Given the panorama of greater frequency of cases in unvaccinated young people, the message to the population is to get vaccinated, since it is the only way out of not contracting a serious case of covid-19.

Panama is preparing to receive one million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 for this month, while this amount is expected to increase during the following months with the aim of accelerating the vaccination process, covering as many people as possible with the expectation that herd immunity will be achieved by December.

Ortega said that vaccinated people who fall ill with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. “The only way out of this pandemic is vaccination. With several million vaccines arriving in the country during the next 3 months, we must go from defense to offense and that is achieved by encouraging vaccination. Some give pizza, another beer; I propose more freedom for those vaccinated, ”said Ortega.

 

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China Reports Delta Variant Spreading in Seconds, Says World’s 3rd-Largest Cargo Port Under Stress

BY JULIA YE
 
July 4, 2021 Updated: July 5, 2021

Cases of the COVID-19 “Delta” variant, which officials say has the shortest transmission time discovered so far, have recently appeared in Guangzhou, China. The variant could be transmitted by simply passing by someone with the virus, even without physical contact. This report puts Shenzhen, the city adjacent to Guangzhou, the world’s third-largest cargo port, under tremendous stress.

According to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) official report on June 21, a fourth-generation Delta virus transmission occurred in only 14 seconds from a third-generation Delta virus carrier to a fourth-generation Delta carrier.

In the published surveillance footage, the third-generation Delta virus carrier, Huang, and the fourth-generation Delta virus carrier, Lu, ate separately in the same restaurant on the same day and entered the same bathroom. They passed by each other at the entrance corridor of the bathroom and spent only 14 seconds in the same environment. There was no physical contact between the two parties, and one of them was not wearing a mask.

According to the report, a viral transmission within 14 seconds in the same environment is the shortest contact time recorded thus far in this pandemic.

Feng Zijian, a Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researcher, said the recent CCP virus outbreaks in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Dongguan all involve the Delta virus variant.

The Shenzhen Health Commission’s official Weibo reported four confirmed cases of the CCP virus on June 14, 18, and 21.

On June 22, Chang Juping, deputy director of the Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission, confirmed that the four cases were the Delta variant, according to gene sequencing results, and that these cases are identical to the virus genome sequence of the cases imported by Air China’s CA868 international flight.

As of June 20, 38 cases were confirmed among the CA868 passengers who arrived in Shenzhen from Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 10. All of them carry the Delta variant of the CCP virus, first found in India.

Due to this event, the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a “circuit breaker” to Air China Flight CA868 (flights from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Shenzhen, China), immediately suspending its operations for four weeks. Since then, Shenzhen city has also launched a nucleic acid test for all its residents.

The rapid spread of the Delta variant has also put the Yantian International Container Terminal, the world’s third-largest cargo port after Shanghai and Singapore, under tremendous pressure. After many asymptomatic cases of CCP virus infection in Yantian District, Shenzhen, the Yantian Port was closed. The temporary closure of the Yantian Port is another interruption in global shipments following the Suez Canal blockage in March.

Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, said on June 17: “The several-week blockage of the Yantian Port heavily disrupted the global supply chain. And the blockage of global trade is ubiquitous due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ships waiting for cargo to North America, Europe, and other places had to berth outside of Shenzhen and Hong Kong as it took as long as 16 days to dock at the Yantian Port.

As of June 21, Maersk stated that the stacking density of Guangzhou’s Nansha Shipyard, a shipyard less than 75 miles away from the Yantian Port, has reached 100 percent, adding that it would continue to delay the shipments for more than four days in the coming week.

Although the Yantian Port resumed normal operations on June 24, the industry estimated that the 750,000 accumulated 20-foot containers would take 82 days to clear out.

 

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/chinas-new-delta-virus-variant-spreads-in-seconds-putting-worlds-third-largest-cargo-port-under-stress_3886391.html

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Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (July 8, 2021)

 

On July 6, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective Sunday, July 11 and Monday, July 12.  See the MINSA Twitter page for details.  Restrictions announced on June 22, in Comunicado No. 483, remain in effect.

 

Cocle:  Effective July 11

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Penonome, Aguadulce, and Anton districts.

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

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

 

Colon:  Effective July 12

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district.

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in Colon district.

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

·                  Businesses will close Monday through Saturday at 9:00 p.m. in Colon district, and Monday through Sunday at 9:00pm in Donoso district.

 

Chiriqui:  Effective July 12

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

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., in Gualaca district.

·                  The following districts will have curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., and businesses will close at 11:00 p.m.:  Remedios, Renacimiento, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo.

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday in the remaining districts.

 

Panama Este:  Effective July 12

·                  Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday in Chepo district and Pacora township.

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

 

Los Santos:  Effective July 12

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 8:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Las Tablas district.

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Macaracas and Los Santos districts.

·                  Curfew between 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and businesses will close at 7:00pm, Monday through Saturday in Las Tablas district.

·                  Curfew between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday will continue for Pedasi and Pocri districts.

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

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the remaining districts.

 

Herrera:  Effective July 12

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 8:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre district.

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Pese district.

·                  Curfew between 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and businesses will close at 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in Chitre district.

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

·                  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the remaining districts.

 

Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including:

 

Panama Oeste:

·                  Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in La Chorrera district.

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

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

 

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.

 

Veraguas:

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

·                  Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.:  San Francisco, Montijo, Calobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato.

·                  The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780:  Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa.

 

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.

 

Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/.

 

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:

 

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+507 317-5000

Panama-ACS@state.gov

https://pa.usembassy.gov/

 

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Covid cases surge to 13,540

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Posted 08/07/2021

Active cases of covid -19 climbed to 13,540 on Wednesday, Jul 7, and eight new deaths were recorded bringing the total to 6,599. The Ministry of Health (Minsa)  said that after the application of 13,898 tests with 8.7% positivity,1,222 new positive cases were reported. There are 724  patients hospitalized and of them, 610 are in the ward and 114 in intensive care.

 

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Panama remains on UK’s  quarantine red list

Posted 09/07/2021

UK residents will no longer have to quarantine when they return from countries on the so-called 'amber list', which includes Spain but not South America, Panama or Costa Rica if they have both Covid-19 vaccines.

"As of July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the British vaccination program will no longer have to isolate themselves when they return to England," Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced to Parliament.

Completely ending the third lockdown imposed in January, the British government will lift the remaining restrictions on July 19, including the obligation to wear masks indoors.

Also on that date "we will lift the slogan that you should not travel to countries on the amber list," Shapps explained.

London introduced in May a three-color system - red, amber and green - to define travel restrictions based on health situations in different countries.

All of South America, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic are on the "red list", from which only the arrivals of British citizens or legal residents are allowed, but they must isolate themselves for 10 days in hotels paying $2,400 out of pocket.

"This remains unchanged," said the minister.

 

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New  covid infections near the peak of first wave

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Levels  of new infections in the third wave of covid-19 are near those at the height of the first wave but while pressure increases on ICU’s there are fewer deaths as new cases spring from a lower age group.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed 1,160 new cases and 10 deaths on Friday. July 9 There are 12,927 people in home isolation and 708 hospitalized, of which 124 are in Intensive Care

The epidemiological report details that since the beginning of the pandemic,   6,614 have died.

The Minsa reiterated to the citizens to avoid crowds and clandestine parties to avoid new infections of the virus.

 

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Panama scientists nix need for booster vaccination

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Posted 10/07/2021

Panamanian scientists have joined, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the CDC in declaring that, for now, a third dose of Covid-19 vaccines is not necessary.

Javier Nieto, former director of the Gorgas Memorial Institute, stressed that in the current local context what is needed is to quickly vaccinate the bulk of the population with the first and second doses. Ortega, advisor to the Panama Covid-19 Vaccine Research Consortium, stressed that it is a "premature" issue and that an additional dose to the two already established is not necessary at this time.

The scientific community focused its debate on the announcement by the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories that they would seek regulatory authorization for a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine.

For now, Panama has opted for this treatment against the virus and has contracted for7 million doses, of which almost 1.4 million have arrived in the country, and of those 1.2 million have been applied.

One of the reasons given by Pfizer for proposing a third dose is that it increases the levels of antibodies - 5 to 10 times more - against the original strain of the coronavirus and the Beta variant - found for the first time in South Africa .

It also believes that a third dose will act in a similar way against the highly contagious Delta variant, which is becoming dominant worldwide.

However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a statement in which they minimize the need for a third dose.

"Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time," both regulators noted, adding that they are involved in a "rigorous science-based process" to determine if a third more dose will be needed.

In addition, they emphasized that the current vaccination cycle, that is, the two doses, is effective. "People who are fully vaccinated are protected from the severe form of the disease and death, even from the variants currently circulating in the country, such as Delta," they concluded.

Javier Nieto, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and former director of the Gorgas Memorial Institute, said that in the current local context what is needed is to vaccinate the “bulk” of the population with the first and second time. "To dilute in discussing third doses is to blur that objective," he said.

In the words of the scientist, this is a debate that takes place in countries such as Israel, the United Kingdom, or the United States, where most of the population has completed their vaccination cycle,

In the case of Panama, we must focus on completing the vaccination schedule in those who have not received any dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Currently, 602,631 people in Panama have completed their vaccination cycle,  This number represents 14.3% of the total population, although authorities of the Ministry of Health hope to intensify the immunization process between July and September when 5 million doses arrive.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, said they hope to have herd immunity - between 70% and 80% of the vaccinated population by year-end.

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Xavier Sáez-Llorens pointed out that the scientific community, in consensus, after examining the evidence on immunity and effectiveness of vaccines in the real world against viral variants.

“Meanwhile, it is urgent to vaccinate the majority of the world's population to avoid more deaths and hospitalizations and mitigate the emergence of more mutations. Pharmaceutical companies are not the ones determining public health strategies. Any initiative must first go through a scientific research protocol.“

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) stressed that it is "too early" to say if more than two injections of the Covid-19 vaccine are needed because there is no indication that people who received two doses of the vaccine need a booster.

 

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Pediatricians  recommend masks for toddlers

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Posted 10/07/2021

The Panamanian Society of Pediatrics (SPP) has recommended the use of masks in children older than 2 years in order to minimize the circulation of covid-19 and other respiratory infections in community settings.

The group of doctors also suggested that children from 2 to 5 years old, who do not tolerate wearing a mask, should be encouraged to wash their hands and a physical distance of two meters.

Society recalled that there are minors who despite education and the example of adults do not tolerate wearing masks, so you have to be aware of their personal hygiene.

For children over five years of age, the SPP said that they must permanently wear the mask and must be accompanied by the support of the family and school environment.

The SPP recalled that "the use of the mask is not mandatory at any age with children of different capacities and chronic developmental, emotional or behavioral conditions."

The doctors emphasized that the use of masks does not replace other daily prevention actions, such as physical distancing or avoiding contact with sick people.

 

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Lawmaker dies of covid-19

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Posted 10/07/2021

CHITRÉ, Herrera. - The alternate deputy of the 6-2 circuit (Parita, Pesé and Los Pozos), Francisco López Vargas, died from covid-19  on Saturday, July 10 at the age of 64 after being hospitalized since July 1.

He was a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and was elected in May 2019 along with his running mate Julio Mendoza (main deputy).

He organized the first "Rescue and Salvage" brigades, which later became the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC).

 

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COVID-19 : Active cases reach 13,539

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Younger people are being diagnosed with the covid virus.

Posted 11/07/2021

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), this Sunday, July 11, reports 833 new cases of Covid-19, bringing active cases to  13,539. There were five deaths bringing the total of victims to 6,632, for a fatality rate of 1.6%.

On Sunday 9,748 tests were applied, with a positivity percentage of 8.5%. 

 There are 701 hospitalized patients: 589 in the ward and 112 in intensive care.

 

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