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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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March 18, 2020 / 9:29 AM / Updated 6 hours ago

Panama's Copa Airlines says it could temporarily shut all operations

March 18 (Reuters) - Panama’s Copa Airlines says it is possible it will have a “complete, temporary shutdown of its operations,” the carrier said late on Tuesday in an update on the impact of the global coronavirus outbreak on its operations.

While the airline has not made a decision, it said in April it will reduce 80% of its flights and ground most of its fleet, making it the most affected carrier in Latin America. Competitor LATAM Airlines said it will cut 70% of its flights.

Many countries in Latin America have shut down or restricted flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has heavily affected Copa’s operations.

Copa uses Panama City as a hub for connecting North American and South American travelers through short layovers at Tocumen Airport. (Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Bernadette Baum)



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Decretan ley seca y toque de queda en varios municipios de Panamá por Covid-19

Entre las alcaldías que han  tomado las medidas ante el Covid-19, están las de Santiago, David y Changuinola

Por Juan Alberto Cajar B.


Como parte de las medidas para frenar el avance del nuevo coronavirus (Covid-19) por el país, algunos municipios han optado por declarar toques de queda o ley seca durante esta semana.

La Alcaldía de Santiago, en la provincia de Veraguas, impuso mediante el decreto N° 04 del 15 de marzo de 2020 un toque de queda para los menores después de las 9:00 pm, al prohibir la realización de actividades sociales, deportivas y bailables; además del cierre de los accesos a las playas, ríos y balnearios. El expendio de licor estará permitido hasta las nueve de la noche.

En Chiriquí, los 14 municipios de la provincia acordaron decretar toque de queda de 9:00 pm a 5:00 am, al permitir solo la circulación de personal sanitario, seguridad y aquellas que estén "justificadas".

También se suspendió el expendio de bebidas alcohólicas, no solo en los locales de diversión sino también en todos los supermercados, minisuper y tiendas de la provincia.

En Bocas del Toro, el municipio de Changuinola impuso toque de queda de 9:00 pm hasta las 6:00 am, dirigido a todas las personas que se encuentren en las calles sin la debida justificación.

El municipio bocatoreño también vetó la venta de licor en cualquier establecimiento dentro del distrito. Advirtió de que se impondrán multas a quien incumpla la normativa.


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


Dry law and curfew are decreed in various municipalities of Panama by Covid-19

Among the mayors that have taken the measures before the Covid-19, are those of Santiago, David and Changuinola

By Juan Alberto Cajar B.
Updated 03/17/2020 21:31


As part of measures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) throughout the country, some municipalities have chosen to declare curfews or a dry law this week.

The Mayor's Office of Santiago, in the province of Veraguas, imposed by decree No. 04 of March 15, 2020 a curfew for minors after 9:00 pm, by prohibiting the performance of social, sporting and danceable activities ; in addition to the closure of the accesses to the beaches, rivers and spas. The sale of liquor will be allowed until nine o'clock at night.

In Chiriquí, the 14 municipalities of the province agreed to decree a curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am, allowing only the circulation of health personnel, security and those that are "justified".

The sale of alcoholic beverages was also suspended, not only in entertainment venues but also in all supermarkets, mini-stores and shops in the province.

In Bocas del Toro, the municipality of Changuinola imposed a curfew from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am, aimed at all those who are on the streets without due justification.

The Bocatoreño municipality also vetoed the sale of liquor in any establishment within the district. He warned that fines will be imposed on those who breach the regulations.



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Moderator comment: Effective late March 23, 2020, the curfew has been expanded. New curfew hours are 5:00PM to 5:00AM nationwide. Click Here to see the more current information about the nationwide curfew.


Moderator comment: Also see http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/14130-panama-and-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/?do=findComment&comment=39733 regarding the suspension of liquor sales in Chiriqui.


Decretan toque de queda en toda la República de Panamá



Ordenan toque de queda a nivel nacional

El Gobierno de la República de Panamá decretó toque de queda en todo el territorio nacional para toda la población, de 9:00 p.m. a 5:00 .m., como medida de prevención por la pandemia de coronavirus COVID-19.

Panamá registra un total de 88 casos de coronavirus, entre éstos 1 defunción.



Moderator comment: Below is the three page Executive Decree No. 490, dated March 17, 2020.


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Curfew decreed throughout the Republic of Panama

National curfew ordered

Mar 18, 2020 - 05:30 PM

The Government of the Republic of Panama decreed a curfew throughout the national territory for the entire population, from 9:00 p.m. at 5:00 .m., as a preventive measure for the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Panama registers a total of 88 cases of coronavirus, including 1 death.




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Moderator comment: Below is an email dispatched by the US Embassy in Panama City.


From: Panama-ACS@state.gov
Date: March 18, 2020 at 6:55:02 PM EST
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 18, 2020)
Reply-To: <Panama-ACS@state.gov>

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 18, 2020)

 Location:  Panama

Event:  Effective tonight, March 18, there will be an indefinite nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

 On March 17, the Panamanian Ministry of Health announced 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Panama.  

 The government of Panama has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Panama has barred admission to individuals who are not citizens or residents.  All incoming travelers are subject to a mandatory 14-day in-home quarantine. Transiting travelers who do not leave the airport are being permitted to continue their journeys. Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.

 The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed nation-wide until March 20 and in San Miguelito, Panama Centro, and Panama Norte they will remain closed until April 7.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19website for updated information.

Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

 U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.

 Effective tonight, March 18, there will be an indefinite nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

 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. 


·         U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue

      Clayton, Panama

+507 317-5000



·         State Department - Consular Affairs

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

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

·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Panama: Proposal to Suspend Tax Payments

In view of the emergency arising from the spread of covid-19, a bill was submitted to the Assembly proposing a 90-calendar-day suspension of the payment of municipal and national taxes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The initiative also establishes the suspension for 90 days of the payment of electricity and drinking water, as well as mortgage and personal loans, among others, reported the National Assembly.

The initiative also provides for the cessation of the collection of employer's social security contributions.

The document that was presented to the National Assembly states that "... it seeks to rationalize hygiene and cleaning products, and also adopts measures of flexibility with private and state banks."



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CORONAVIRUS: Protecting each other


Posted 18/03/2020

How long will the coronavirus crisis last in Panama? That depends on multiple factors, but above all on the citizen's willingness to comply with the basic measures of personal hygiene, constant hand washing for 20 seconds and avoid close contact with people who may have the disease.

 We must prevent the contagion from continuing with more Panamanians end up in hospitals to receive critical care. We, citizens of this country, can shorten this crisis with our civic values and responsibility. The Ministry of Health cannot put a doctor or nurse in every home.

 The successes that other countries have had in neutralizing the Covid-19 have originated in the commitment of their citizens. Being clean and supportive of our neighbors, family and compatriots is a small sacrifice in exchange for saving lives. Panamanians, with their  actions and omissions  will decide if the coronavirus remains a threat for the next few weeks or for long months.

 Our bad behavior and non-compliance with sanitary measures risk everyone's life. The economy is suffering a lot and it is very likely that tens of thousands of Panamanians are vulnerable in their economic well-being. The State has an obligation to act to mitigate these effects. Citizens have an obligation to protect each other.  LA PRENSA, Mar. 18



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Panama to build 100-bed modular hospital for civid-19 war


Posted 18/03/2020

Panama will build a modular hospital wit  100 beds said President Laurentino Cortzo on Wednesday, March 18 following  an exraordinary cabinet meeting and while the country was still coming to grips with a decree announcing a  daily curfew from 9 pm to 5am

Cortizo said that the construction of the hospital will begin this week and will be equipped for the care of patients with Covid-19.

The Minister of Public Works, Rafael Sabonge, said that the new hospital will have a 26-bed intensive care unit.

Sabonge pointed out that the Ministry of Public Works since last weekend has been supporting the staff of the Ministry of Health. The minister said that the decision was made to build the modular hospital with the intention of being ahead of any situation that arises.

He added that he held meetings with specialists from the Ministry of Health and the Social Security Fund.

After analyzing three proposals, the most appropriate one was chosen to deal with this case which can then be used in other sectors that are difficult to access in the country.

The president also announced the "Panama Solidarity Plan", with a fund of 50 million

"Wallets will be given to those who have been affected, they will be guaranteed a wallet with an amount of money to buy medicine and food," he said.

Cortizo also revealed that the Government will support financial companies to grant a deferment of payments to 70,000 microentrepreneurs in the country.

In addition, the purchase of $40 million medical supplies, coronavirus tests, ventilators and safety equipment for health personnel was authorized by the extraordinary Cabinet Council.

"We are going to continue acquiring and buying tests, to guarantee that the diagnoses will be massified" and to know where the enemy is, said the president.

Cortizo accompanied by Vice President José Gabriel Carrizo and the ministers Sabonge and José Alejandro Rojas that this is a war that we are going to win.

Information in development



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Panama Curfew  from 9 pm to 5 am Starts  Wednesday, March 18


Posted 18/03/2020

Panama  President, Laurentino  Cortizo has declared a national curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am,  starting on Wednesday Macyh 18 due to the mounting crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The measure became effective through the publication of Executive Decree No. 490 of March 17, signed by Cortizo and Health Minister Rosario Turner

Ministry of Health personnel, and  personnel of the Social Security Fund,  and personnel of the Panama

Fire Department, among other state entities and certain senior officials, are exempted.




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20 lawmakers flout quarantine rules; citizen fined


Zulay Rodriguez

Posted 18/03/2020

20 lawmakers flout  quarantine rules; citizen fined

At least 20 legislators from the National Assembly traveled between the end of February and the beginning of March to different countries in Europe and cities in the United States but, several of them ignored the quarantine recommended by the Health Ministry for those who have been in countries with cases of coronavirus.

Health Minister Rosario Turner was the first to highlight the issue during a visit to the Assembly to brief deputies on the pandemic: "I am aware of deputies who were in Spain, in China, and did not keep the quarantine. That is not responsible, because the next-door neighbor may be 65 years old,  may be diabetic, hypertensive, and it may be leading to a coronavirus crisis

 She told PRD deputy, Zulay Rodríguez, to stay at his home, since he had maintained contact with someone who, in turn, had contact with a person infected.

The minister's reaction arose after Rodríguez said that the mother of her driver has coronavirus. And on yesterday, Tuesday, the deputy proclaimed in the legislative plenary session that "nobody is going to tell me to go into quarantine, because what they don't want is for us to speak, to shut up and then come, unilaterally, through by decree, to legislate above the Assembly. "

Vice president quarantined

The second vice president of the Assembly, Tito Rodríguez, a member of the Liberal Republican Nationalist Movement (Molirena). who was in Morocco between February 21 and March 6, and returned to Panama, via Madrid,  told  La Prensa that as soon as he arrived back  in Panama, he decided to confine himself to his home as recommended by the Health authorities.

He said that he hasn’t been tested . as there is no need because he does not have any symptoms.

Unless the trips were for work reasons until now there is no data available on the website of the National Assembly says La Prensa . But, it is very likely that they did it with their own resources. The legislature had a long break last February February 21, the first day of carnivals. Some deputies returned to work in the second week of March.

Some have left the evidence s of their trips abroad on their social networks. like  Jairo Bolota Salazar, (PRD), who published photos on his Instagram account of his tour in Spain. In one photograph he is seen posing in front of Puerta de Alcalá, in Madrid, and another in Barcelona . The PRD members Benicio Robinson, Raúl Pineda, and Melchor Herrera also traveled. As well as Sellhorn Vallarino, from Cambio Democrático (CD), his partner Yanibel Ábrego, and Franscisco Pancho Alemán, from Molirena.

On Tuesday, February 17, it was reported that a patient who violated the quarantine in La Chorrera was sanctioned. "If the population insists on not obeying the instructions of the Ministry of Health, they will be forced to enforce the sanitary norms," assured the vice minister of Health, Luis Fernando Sucre.



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90 businesses  fined for price gouging hygiene products


Posted 18/03/2020

Ninety businesses  in  Panama were slapped with fines a by the Consumer Protection Authority (ACODECO )  on  Tuesday, March 17 for overcharging on hygiene   and cleaning  products,

Price controls were imposed on a group of 14 staples on March 13, to prevent gouging and stockpiling.

Of a total of 115 businesses visited 90 had anomalies due to not having invoices for products to check the maximum marketing margin of 23%, or charged a price higher than that established in the  March 13, decree which covered disposable masks, antibacterial and antimicrobial products, alcoholic gels, alcohol for external use and vitamin which, was generated by the market distortion around the articles used to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Fines  for  -businesses that do not comply with the regulations range up to $10,000 depending on the size of the company.

According ACODECO, 16 of the businesses that presented distortions are located in Panama City, while the remaining 74 are located in the interior.

The products that report most irregularities are disinfectants; liquid or stick antibacterial soap, tissue, and vitamin C.

A consumer reported through social networks that surgical masks are selling for $1 in some stores in the Rio Abajo area and for $2 in December 24.

Acodeco enabled the line 6330-3333 to file a complaint.



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Grandstanding deputy ignores Health Minister’s quarantine advice


La Prensa carttoonist Louwes looka at the confrontation

Posted 18/03/2020

"Nobody is going to tell me not to come, to go into quarantine because what they don't want is for us to talk ... that's what they want, for us to shut our mouths," said deputy Zulay Rodríguez. In the National Assembly on Tuesday, March 17.

Rodriguez, renowned for her outbursts was reacting to the recommendations by  Health Minister Rosario Turner that she stay at home, despite the negative test of COVID-19.

During a visizt to , the National Assembly, Rodríguez reported that she and her driver underwent the COVID-19 test and that they were negative.

But the mother of her driver works at the Colegio Monsignor Francisco Beckmann, where the first death from the virus was recorded, and several teachers are critically ill.  tested positive for the virus.

The Minister warned the deputy that the results of the test should not be trusted when it is carried out before the person shows symptoms.

" If the driver was negative, but has contact with someone who was positive, he has to be at his house for 14 days. We need his name to do the epidemiological screening," Turner said.

" Even if you have come out negative, you should preferably stay at home. Right now you may be negative, but we do not know when you can present symptoms, she told the deputy.

Turner also drew the attention of several deputies who traveled to China, Spain and Korea, and did not submit to the  14-day quarantine which she called irresponsible.



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Moderator comment: At first I declined to post this news article. But on reflection I find it interesting that a Panama newspaper is reporting on the US-based employment topic. Granted, Delta does fly into Tocumen. Is there something I am missing? We ALL really are  in this mess together.

Perhaps this posting was a prelude to soften the blow discussed in the next reply about Copa and Wingo.


10,000  Delta Airlines employees take a voluntary  layoff


Posted 18/03/2020

Around 10,000 Delta Air Lines employees, 11% of its workforce, left the company as part of a voluntary layoff plan, the US airline, seriously affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday,.

Delta had taken a number of savings measures in recent days, including unpaid leave and the voluntary layoff plans.

According to a document sent to the stock market supervisor, the SEC, 10,000 employees accepted the voluntary departure and have already left.

But the bleeding doesn't stop: "I urge any employee (...) to assess whether a temporary voluntary departure is not in their best interest for him and his family at this time. Remember, you will continue to have access to benefits like health and travel coverage. "wrote the president of the firm Ed Bastian.

The president and board members have given up their compensation for the next six months, while salaries for top executives will decrease by 25-50% until next June.



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Copa and Wingo cutting 80% of operations


Posted 18/03/2020

Copa Holdings - which operates Copa Airlines and Wingo will reduce 80% of its operations by April, due to regional restrictions been imposed in to prevent the entry of foreigners as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, February 17, the  CEO of Copa Holdings  Pedro Heilbron said:

"We have been forced to take drastic measures to ensure our sustainability in the future and, in this way, protect the impact of Copa Airlines on the economy of Panama and the countries we serve, the well-being of tens of thousands of people who depend on directly and indirectly from us, and the connectivity we provide to millions of passengers throughout America. ”

The company disclosed the measure to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the market in which the shares of Copa Holdings are listed .

“The company expects the grounding of most of its fleet, without ruling out the possibility of a temporary closure of its operations, they detailed to the United States regulatory authorities.

“The extent of the impact of this situation on the company, the operational and financial performance will depend on the evolution of the virus, including the duration and spread of the outbreak, travel restrictions and how quickly the demand for travelers recovers after the coronavirus. be controlled.

“The continuation of the current situation could have a material adverse effect on the company's operations and finances. At this time, the duration of the current situation cannot be predicted, to what extent will it be able to reduce costs or the time for any potential recovery, ”.

The challenge
Heilbron, said, that they face "the most important challenge in the history of aviation and Copa Airlines." However, he believes that in situations like this it is when "we must reinforce our commitment to all our passengers and transport those who need it, as long as it is possible to do so."

“For this reason, we have made our commercial policies more flexible to facilitate changes, we substantially lowered our rates and created a digital tool at copa.com , so that our passengers to easily cancel their ticket on their own account and maintain a credit for their r next trip with us ”.



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Moderator comment: The following is a posting on Penny Ripple's "Boquete Talks" discussion forum. This article is republished with her approval. For those who wish to engage with BoqueteTalks, visit https://groups.io/g/BoqueteTalks.


 Passing along important information
From: Penny
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:51:03 PDT

URGENT NOTICE.  Received this notice from a neighbor here in Frances Arriba   There are people (thieves) going door to door saying they are with MINSA.

They say that “They are going through the houses to disinfect because of the virus and give flu shots by the Ministry of health”
NO ! But . . . . THEY ENTER TO STEAL, try to share so they don't take people by surprise😔

Están pasando por las casas a desinfectar por el virus y dar vacunas de la gripe por parte de Ministerio de salud ¡NO!!!!!ES VERDAD, ENTRAN  PARA ROBAR  ,traten de compartir para que no los tomen de sorpresa😔

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PAN - 507 6948 8255
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Coronavirus en Panamá: 109 casos de Covid-19 en diez días

Las autoridades señalaron que del total, nueve pacientes se encuentran en cuidados intensivos

Por Juan Alberto Cajar B.


El pasado viernes, el Gobierno decretó emergencia nacional por el Covid-19.Carlos Lemos | EFE


A diez días del primer reporte de caso de coronavirus (Covid-19) el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) informó este miércoles del aumento a 109 casos contagiados por el brote. Un 45% son hombres y el 55% mujeres.

Las autoridades señalaron que del total de pacientes positivo 92 se encuentran en aislamiento domiciliario, en su mayoría con cuadros leves de la enfermedad.

Otros 17 pacientes se mantienen hospitalizados, 8 en sala y 9 en cuidados intensivos, con un rango de edad entre 34 a 77 años.

Todas las personas, recalcaron, presentaban enfermedades crónicas, asma, obesidad o cuadros de inmunosupresión. No hay registro de fallecidos.

Un 56% de los casos se encuentran en la región metropolitana; principalmente en San Francisco, Juan Díaz, Bella Vista, Bethania y Ancón.

Por número de casos, sigue la provincia de Panamá Oeste con casos en el corregimiento de Juan Demóstenes, Vista Alegre, Santa Rita, entre otros.

El distrito de San Miguelito también registra casos.

En el interior del país, Veraguas presenta cuatro casos y Colón un solo caso positivo.

Indicaron además que las edades predominantes de los contagiados ronda entre 40 y 50 años, y en menor rango van de 20 a 39 años, lo que sugiere que las personas de tercera edad se están manteniendo en casa. En cambio algunos jóvenes no están respetando la orden de permanecer en sus hogares, lo que aumenta la posible transmisión del virus.

Sobre los diagnósticos para las personas que presenten síntomas la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, indicó que se está trabajando con una “triada de datos” para la realización de tamizajes de Covid-19, es decir, se realizarán pruebas a las personas que presenten al menos tres síntomas de la enfermedad, asegurando que no se harán pruebas de “manera indiscriminada”.


En cuanto a los problemas de suministro de agua que viven algunas comunidades del país, Turner adelantó que se realizará una licitación reversa que tiene como propósito adquirir tanques cisterna que distribuirán el vital líquido a las comunidades rurales y de “mayor riesgo”.

En la tarde de este miércoles  algunos sectores de la ciudad capital quedaron sin suministro de agua potable luego de que se presentara una “incidencia eléctrica” en la potabilizadora de Chilibre. Cinco de las diez bombas se mantuvieron por espacio de cuatro horas sin operar; el problema fue resultado a eso de las 7:00 pm de hoy.

El presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo, decretó hoy toque de queda en todo el territorio nacional desde la 9:00 de la noche hasta la 5:00 de la mañana.

La medida exceptúan a la Fuerza Pública, servidores públicos que atienden la emergencia sanitaria, hospitales, industrias farmacéuticas, transporte público por motivo de salud, gasolineras, mercados, supermercados, mercados, abarroterías, restaurantes con autoservicio, cocina de restaurantes que tengan servicio a domicilio, personal de los medios de comunicación, hoteles para alojamiento y alimentación a la habitación de sus huéspedes, empresas de seguridad, bancos e industrias agroalimentarias.


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Coronavirus in Panama: 109 cases of Covid-19 in ten days

The authorities indicated that of the total, nine patients are in intensive care

By Juan Alberto Cajar B.
Updated 03/18/2020 18:46


Last Friday, the Government decreed a national emergency for the Covid-19. Carlos Lemos | EFE

Ten days after the first report of the coronavirus case (Covid-19), the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Wednesday the increase to 109 cases infected by the outbreak. 45% are men and 55% women.

The authorities indicated that 92 of the total positive patients are in home isolation, the majority with mild symptoms of the disease.

Another 17 patients remain hospitalized, 8 in the ward and 9 in intensive care, with an age range between 34 to 77 years.

All the people, they stressed, had chronic diseases, asthma, obesity or immunosuppression symptoms. There is no record of deceased.

56% of the cases are in the metropolitan region; mainly in San Francisco, Juan Díaz, Bella Vista, Bethania and Ancón.

By number of cases, the province of Panamá Oeste follows with cases in the township of Juan Demóstenes, Vista Alegre, Santa Rita, among others.

The San Miguelito district also records cases.

In the interior of the country, Veraguas presents four cases and Colón only one positive case.

They also indicated that the predominant ages of those infected are between 40 and 50 years, and in a lower range they range from 20 to 39 years, which suggests that the elderly are being kept at home. On the other hand, some young people are not respecting the order to remain in their homes, which increases the possible transmission of the virus.

On the diagnoses for people with symptoms, the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, indicated that she is working with a "data triad" to carry out Covid-19 screenings, that is, tests will be carried out on people who present at least three symptoms of the disease, ensuring that tests will not be done "indiscriminately".


As for the water supply problems experienced by some communities in the country, Turner announced that a reverse tender will be held with the purpose of acquiring tank tanks that will distribute the vital liquid to rural and "higher risk" communities.

In the afternoon of this Wednesday, some sectors of the capital city were left without potable water supply after an “electrical incident” occurred in the Chilibre water treatment plant. Five of the ten bombs were kept for four hours without operating; the problem was a result at about 7:00 pm today.

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, today decreed a curfew throughout the national territory from 9:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning.

The measure excepts the Public Force, public servants who attend to the health emergency, hospitals, pharmaceutical industries, public transport for health reasons, gas stations, markets, supermarkets, markets, grocery stores, self-service restaurants, kitchen restaurants with home delivery services. , media personnel, hotels for accommodation and food to the room of their guests, security companies, banks and agri-food industries.



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"Nobody is going to tell me not to come, to go into quarantine because what they don't want is for us to talk ... that's what they want, for us to shut our mouths," said deputy Zulay Rodríguez. In the National Assembly on Tuesday, March 17.

Unfortunate.  For the average person (and that includes this deputy), it is very hard to get grasp on how deadly this is if the infection intensifies ( more cases per square population area) . ISOLATION right now is the only mode of control along with Hygeine.  We HAVE TO do what we are told...all of us.  For this deputy to not want Panama City to turn into Hunan China she had best commence learning and doing what she is told.  We are all learning.  For nurses...we understand.  Many do not...especially the young and healthy that are carriers.   Blatant disregard can bear deadly consequences .  Testing will increase and be more pervasive.  But that will take time... For now cities like Boquete have 2 test kits ( that can be replenished) BUT testing will be on select individuals.  Healthy carriers will roam undetected for awhile.

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Cientos de extranjeros están en cuarentena en una remota playa de Panamá

Se han hecho pruebas a dos personas aisladas en la playa que presentaron síntomas preocupantes pero salieron negativas del covid-19

Por EFE Servicios


Se trata de personas de diversas nacionalidades, incluidos panameños, que asistían al evento Tribal Gathering.El Siglo

Cientos de extranjeros que participaban en un encuentro tribal y de música electrónica en una remota playa del Caribe de Panamá están allí en cuarentena sin que se haya confirmado ningún caso del COVID-19 entre ellos, dijeron este miércoles a Efe las autoridades, que buscan coordinar con las diferentes entidades diplomáticas su salida del país.

Se trata de personas de diversas nacionalidades, incluidos panameños, que asistían al evento Tribal Gathering que comenzó el pasado 29 de febrero y tenía previsto finalizar el 15 de marzo, según aparece en la página web de la organización, aunque las autoridades panameños ordenaron su suspensión el 12 de marzo.

"A partir del 12 de marzo se les mandó a suspender la actividad" y los que se quedaron en el lugar pasaron a "un estado de cuarentena" debido a la emergencia nacional por la pandemia del COVID-19, explicó a Efe el responsable del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) en la provincia caribeña de Colón, el doctor Edgar Cotto.

El funcionario sanitario no precisó el número de personas que ahora se encuentra en cuarenta en Playa Chiquita, un paraje natural impresionante de difícil acceso ubicado a unos 200 kilómetros de la capital panameña, aunque fuentes periodísticas provinciales hablan de cientos.

Permanecen allí en las mismas carpas instaladas por los organizadores del evento y se les ha garantizado acceso a sanitarios, agua potable y alimentos, dijo a Efe un fuente oficial.

Pero muchos de los asistentes al evento, que agrupó a cerca de un millar de personas de acuerdo con la información disponible, ya se fueron, en la medida que participaron en las distintas actividades del mismo.

Una fuente oficial que pidió el anonimato dijo a Efe este miércoles que "hay muchas menos personas" en Playa Chiquita "porque se han ido a medida que cumplen sus fechas de vuelo".

"No todos entraron al mismo tiempo al inicio del evento, hay personas que ya han salido de allí. Hay otros que entraron más tarde y también hay nacionales en el lugar. El criterio para poder darles salida es que haya cumplido 14 días o más en el país y que no presenten ningún síntoma respiratorio", afirmó Cotto.

Se han hecho pruebas a dos personas aisladas en la playa que presentaron síntomas preocupantes pero salieron negativas del covid-19, precisó el funcionario de Salud.

Y las personas que quedan en la playa "irán saliendo" en la medida que cumplan los 14 días y no presenten síntomas respiratorios. Un dispositivo interinstitucional vigila el lugar y aplica tamizaje diario.

Ya muchos están en situación de salir y "nada más que estamos coordinando algunos detalles para ver hasta qué punto se les puede escoltar a la Ciudad de Panamá y entonces coordinar con las entidades diplomáticas correspondientes para ver cómo se soluciona el tema de sus pasajes aéreos y todo lo demás", agregó Cotto.

El Gobierno panameño decretó el viernes pasado la emergencia nacional por el coronavirus en el país, donde ya se registra un muerto y otros 85 contagiados.

El sábado el país centroamericano suspendió los vuelos procedentes de Europa y Asia, y el lunes prohibió la entrada de extranjeros al país.

Los panameños y extrajeros residentes que están llegando a Panamá por las distintas fronteras deben entrar en cuarentena de 14 días, y la observancia de esta orden acarrea sanciones de 500 a 5.000 dólares.


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Hundreds of foreigners are quarantined on a remote Panama beach

Two isolated people on the beach have been tested for symptoms of concern but negative for covid-19

By EFE Servicios
Updated 03/18/2020 19:36


These are people of various nationalities, including Panamanians, who attended the Tribal Gathering event.

Hundreds of foreigners who participated in a tribal and electronic music meeting on a remote Caribbean beach in Panama are there in quarantine without any case of COVID-19 being confirmed among them, authorities, seeking to coordinate this Wednesday, told Efe. with the different diplomatic entities his departure from the country.

These are people of various nationalities, including Panamanians, who were attending the Tribal Gathering event that began on February 29 and was scheduled to end on March 15, according to the organization's website, although the Panamanian authorities ordered its suspension. March 12.

"As of March 12, they were ordered to suspend the activity" and those who remained in the place went into "a quarantine state" due to the national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the person in charge of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in the Caribbean province of Colón, Dr. Edgar Cotto.

The health official did not specify the number of people who are now at forty in Playa Chiquita, an impressive natural area of difficult access located about 200 kilometers from the Panamanian capital, although provincial journalistic sources speak of hundreds.

They remain there in the same tents installed by the event organizers and have been guaranteed access to toilets, drinking water and food, an official source told Efe.

But many of those attending the event, which brought together around a thousand people according to the available information, have already left, as they participated in its different activities.

An official source who requested anonymity told Efe on Wednesday that "there are far fewer people" in Playa Chiquita "because they have left as their flight dates meet."

"Not everyone entered at the same time at the start of the event, there are people who have already left there. There are others who entered later and there are also nationals in the place. The criterion for being able to issue them is that they have completed 14 days or more in the country and that they do not present any respiratory symptoms, "said Cotto.

Two isolated people on the beach have been tested for symptoms of concern but negative for covid-19, the Health official said.

And the people who stay on the beach "will go out" as they turn 14 days and do not have respiratory symptoms. An inter-institutional device monitors the site and applies daily screening.

Many are already in a position to leave and "nothing more than that we are coordinating some details to see to what extent they can be escorted to Panama City and then coordinate with the corresponding diplomatic entities to see how the issue of their air tickets and everything else, "added Cotto.

The Panamanian government decreed last Friday the national emergency for the coronavirus in the country, where one death and another 85 infected have already been registered.

On Saturday the Central American country suspended flights from Europe and Asia, and on Monday it prohibited the entry of foreigners to the country.

Panamanians and resident foreigners who are arriving in Panama through the different borders must enter a 14-day quarantine, and the observance of this order carries sanctions of 500 to 5,000 dollars.



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------ Original Message ------
Sent: 3/19/2020 5:22:49 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 19, 2020)

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 19, 2020)


Location:  Panama


Event:  Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, Panama will suspend all commercial flights into and out of Panama. On Thursday, March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory. 


On March 19, the Panamanian government announced that all commercial flights into and out of Panama will be suspended as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.  Any U.S. Citizens wishing to return to the United States should do so immediately.  Any U.S. Citizens remaining in Panama should be prepared to remain indefinitely. 


The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.


If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:

·         Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.

·         Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.

·         Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.

·         Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

·         Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.

·         Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.

·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

·         Visit Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe.


On March 18, the Panamanian Ministry of Health announced 109 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Panama. 


Effective March 18, the government of Panama has announced there will be an indefinite nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.


The government of Panama has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Panama has barred admission to individuals who are not citizens or residents.  All incoming travelers are subject to a mandatory 14-day in-home quarantine. Transiting travelers who do not leave the airport are being permitted to continue their journeys. Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.


The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed nation-wide until March 20 and in San Miguelito, Panama Centro, and Panama Norte they will remain closed until April 7.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.


Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.


The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice


U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.


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.




·         U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue

      Clayton, Panama

+507 317-5000




·         State Department - Consular Affairs

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 


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


·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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10 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, and the Coronavirus in Panama.

The Tribal Gathering on Playa Chiquita in Colon has stranded up to 300 Festival attendees.

Looks like they're just going to have to stay calm and Peace Out for a while.

By the way, I wrote the author to inform her that Panama does not have a Military. SENAFRONT would be the authority.



Here's a Google Maps link to the exact location together with photos from last year's gathering:  https://goo.gl/maps/XctGokc5buytJZei6

Here's a link to their website:  https://www.tribalgathering.com/home

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Suspenden vuelos internacionales por Coronavirus

Archivo/ El Siglo

Se cancelan vuelos Internacionales

viernes 20 de marzo de 2020 - 12:00 a.m.

Todos los vuelos interna cionales serán suspendidos, por un período de 30 días, a partir del próximo domingo, 22 de marzo, a las 11:59 p.m.

Cierre. Todos los vuelos interna cionales serán suspendidos, por un período de 30 días, a partir del próximo domingo, 22 de marzo, a las 11:59 p.m. como medida frente al avance del nuevo Coronavirus en el país. Esta cancelación, ordenada por el presidente Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, se hizo a través de su cuenta de Twitter. También se informó que los viajes de carga, humanitarios y domésticos seguirán operaciones normalmente hasta nuevo aviso. La medida aplicará a todos los vuelos internacionales de llegada y salida e, incluye, particularmente, al Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen.


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International flights suspended due to Coronavirus

Archive / The Century

International flights are canceled
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:00 a.m.

Vladimir Rodríguez

All international flights will be suspended, for a period of 30 days, starting next Sunday, March 22, at 11:59 p.m.

Closing. All international flights will be suspended, for a period of 30 days, starting next Sunday, March 22, at 11:59 p.m. as a measure against the advance of the new Coronavirus in the country. This cancellation, ordered by President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, was made through his Twitter account. Cargo, humanitarian and domestic travel were also reported to continue operations normally until further notice. The measure will apply to all international arrival and departure flights, and includes, in particular, Tocumen International Airport.



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Cerco sanitario encierra a tres provincias

Los casos se elevaron, este jueves, a 137, de los cuales 21 están hospitalizados. La ONU aplaudió la labor de las autoridades panameñas para contrarrestar el coronavirus

Por José Arcia

Las provincias de Panamá, Panamá Oeste y Colón quedan desde hoy dentro de un cerco sanitario como parte de las últimas medidas que adopta el Gobierno para contrarrestar la crisis de salud como consecuencia del coronavirus.

El cerco sanitario encierra la mayor cantidad de la población panameña.Daniel González | La Estrella de Panamá

La decisión está contemplada en el Decreto Ejecutivo 499 del 19 de marzo de 2020, en el que se declaran las zonas epidémicas sujetas a control sanitario.

“La medida nos permitirá poder proteger mayor cantidad de población y hacer una mayor contención en las zonas del cerco”, indicó la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner.

Las autoridades establecieron cinco puntos de control para este cerco sanitario. En la garita de la entrada del distrito de Chepo, en el área este del distrito de Panamá, en el sector de La Espiga de La Chorrera y el balneario El Lago en Capira, en Panamá Oeste. En la provincia de Colón los controles estarán en el puente Interoceánico y en María Chiquita.

La ministra Turner indicó que el Minsa, en conjunto con el Ministerio de Seguridad, podría establecer otras zonas de cerco sanitario para lograr el control masivo de personas.

El ministro de Seguridad. Juan Manuel Pino, informó que el cerco sanitario en Panamá Oeste estará bajo el control de la Policía Nacional, el control de Chepo lo realizará el Servicio Nacional de Fronteras, y en Colón el Servicio Nacional Aeronaval.

Explicó que dentro de las zonas del cerco sanitario habrá control de “prechequeo” para evitar la congestión de vehículos en el punto final del control.

“A partir de mañana (hoy) se establece este cerco con la intención de evitar el fenómeno de los fines de semana, cuando el panameño emigra hacia las costas y el interior del país”, dijo Pino.

La medida será permanente hasta que el Minsa decida lo contrario, recalcó el ministro Pino.

“Tomar estas decisiones no es fácil y sabemos el impacto que esto tiene”, resaltó la ministra Turner.

Las provincias de Panamá, Panamá Oeste y Colón concentran la mayor cantidad de personas del país.

La cifra de afectados por el coronavirus aumentó, este jueves, a 137 casos, de los cuales 21 están hospitalizados y se mantiene un fallecido.

De los casos hospitalizados, 11 están en sala con cuadro “moderado” y 10 en cuidados intensivos, informó Lourdes Moreno, directora de Epidemiología del Minsa.

Los distritos de Panamá, San Miguelito y las provincias de Panamá Oeste y Veraguas son las áreas con la mayor cantidad de casos en ese mismo orden.

Dentro del distrito de Panamá los corregimientos que presentan mayores casos siguen siendo San Francisco, Juan Díaz, Betania y Ancón.

Moreno, además, advirtió que en Panamá Oeste se han registrado casos en zonas rurales. “Hay que prestarle atención a estas áreas”.

La ministra Turner informó, además, que se detectó un caso dentro de las instalaciones de la empresa Minera Panamá que opera en el área Coclesito, por lo cual se decretó un cerco sanitario en el área.

En medio de este escenario y de nuevas medidas, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas aplaudió la labor de las autoridades panameñas al responder “con rapidez” a la epidemia del Covid-19.

Aunque los casos aumentan cada día, la ministra Turner asegura que “no le preocupa” esta realidad porque la labor es detectar la mayor cantidad de casos para darle la atención médica y así proteger a la población.


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Sanitary fence encloses three provinces

The cases rose to 137 this Thursday, of which 21 are hospitalized. The UN applauded the work of the Panamanian authorities to counter the coronavirus

By José Arcia
Updated 03/20/2020 00:00

The provinces of Panama, Panama West and Colon are now within a sanitary fence as part of the latest measures that the Government is taking to counter the health crisis as a result of the coronavirus.


The sanitary fence encloses the largest amount of the Panamanian population. Daniel González | The Panama Star

The decision is contemplated in Executive Decree 499 of March 19, 2020, in which the epidemic areas subject to sanitary control are declared.

"The measure will allow us to protect more population and make more containment in the areas of the fence," said the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner.

The authorities established five control points for this sanitary fence. In the sentry box at the entrance of the Chepo district, in the eastern area of the Panama district, in the La Espiga de La Chorrera sector and the El Lago spa in Capira, in Western Panama. Controls in the province of Colón will be at the Interoceanic Bridge and in María Chiquita.

Minister Turner indicated that the Ministry, in conjunction with the Ministry of Security, could establish other areas of sanitary fence to achieve mass control of people.

The Minister of Security. Juan Manuel Pino reported that the sanitary fence in Panama Oeste will be under the control of the National Police, Chepo will be controlled by the National Border Service, and in Colón by the National Aeronaval Service.

He explained that within the areas of the sanitary fence there will be a "pre-check" control to avoid vehicle congestion at the end point of the control.

"Starting tomorrow (today) this fence is established with the intention of avoiding the phenomenon of weekends, when the Panamanian migrate to the coasts and the interior of the country," said Pino.

The measure will be permanent until the Minsa decides otherwise, stressed Minister Pino.

"Making these decisions is not easy and we know the impact this has," stressed Minister Turner.

The provinces of Panamá, Panamá Oeste and Colón concentrate the largest number of people in the country.

The number of people affected by the coronavirus increased, this Thursday, to 137 cases, of which 21 are hospitalized and one deceased remains.

Of the hospitalized cases, 11 are in the room with a "moderate" condition and 10 in intensive care, reported Lourdes Moreno, director of Epidemiology at the Minsa.

The districts of Panama, San Miguelito and the provinces of Panama Oeste and Veraguas are the areas with the highest number of cases in the same order.

Within the district of Panama, the townships with the highest number of cases continue to be San Francisco, Juan Díaz, Betania and Ancón.

Moreno also warned that cases have been registered in rural areas in western Panama. "You have to pay attention to these areas."

Minister Turner also reported that a case was detected within the facilities of the Minera Panama company that operates in the Coclesito area, for which a sanitary fence was decreed in the area.

Amid this scenario and new measures, the United Nations Organization applauded the work of the Panamanian authorities in responding "quickly" to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Although the cases increase every day, Minister Turner assures that "she is not concerned" with this reality because the task is to detect as many cases as possible to give her medical attention and thus protect the population.



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Conozca los grupos sanguíneos más probables en contraer Covid-19

Según investigadores chinos, ante la nueva pandemia aquellos que poseen el grupo O tienen menos probabilidades de contraer la enfermedad

Por Mileika Lasso


Investigadores chinos analizaron el grupo sanguíneo de 2,173 pacientes con la enfermedad.Archivo

Un grupo de científicos chinos concluyó que las personas de grupo sanguíneo A son más propensas a contraer el Covid-19 o nuevo coronavirus.

Los expertos compararon el grupo sanguíneo de 2,173 pacientes con la enfermedad de tres hospitales de las ciudades de Wuhan y Shenzhen, con el de personas sanas de los mismos sitios, y esa investigación preeliminar la dieron a conocer en el portal medRxiv.

En el reporte, los científicos determinaron que los sujetos con el grupo sanguíneo O son los que menos riesgo corren en comparación con los grupos A, B y AB. Los investigadores indican que la edad y el sexo no influyeron en la distribución de los grupos sanguíneos en los infectados.

En el análisis compararon el grupo sanguíneo de 3,694 "personas normales" de Wuhan, donde el grupo O lo conformaba el 33.84% del total, un 32.16% era del grupo A, un 24.9% era del grupo B y un 9.1% era del grupo AB; mientras que de los 1,775 pacientes con Covid-19 en la misma ciudad, un 37.75% tenían el grupo A, un 26.42% el grupo B, un 25.8% el grupo O y el 10.03% el grupo AB.

Producto del Covid-19, en la ciudad de Wuhan fallecieron 206 personas, 85 tenían el grupo A, recoge South China Morning Post.


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Know the blood groups most likely to contract Covid-19

According to Chinese researchers, in the face of the new pandemic those with group O are less likely to contract the disease

By Mileika Lasso
Updated 03/17/2020 21:32


Chinese researchers analyzed the blood group of 2,173 patients with the disease.

A group of Chinese scientists concluded that people of blood group A are more likely to contract Covid-19 or new coronavirus.

The experts compared the blood group of 2,173 patients with the disease from three hospitals in the cities of Wuhan and Shenzhen, with that of healthy people from the same sites, and that preliminary research was published on the medRxiv portal.

In the report, the scientists determined that subjects with blood group O are the least at risk compared to groups A, B, and AB. The researchers indicate that age and sex did not influence the distribution of blood groups in those infected.

In the analysis, they compared the blood group of 3,694 "normal people" from Wuhan, where group O was made up by 33.84% of the total, 32.16% was from group A, 24.9% was from group B and 9.1% was from group AB; while of the 1,775 patients with Covid-19 in the same city, 37.75% had group A, 26.42% group B, 25.8% group O and 10.03% group AB.

As a result of the Covid-19, 206 people died in Wuhan city, 85 had group A, according to the South China Morning Post.



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Canal Authority records first virus case


Posted 19/03/2020

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP)  reported on Thursday March 19 the first confirmed case of coronavirus among its 10,000 staff and all the workers who have had contact with the infected person were immediately isolated.

The ACP clarified that during this crisis caused by the new coronavirus, it has handled all the protocols established by the health authorities.

 It also said that the relevant tests have been carried out in the presence of collaborators with symptoms of the new virus.

The administration said that since the beginning of the health alert in the operational areas, workplaces and offices, cleaning and disinfection have been reinforced, as well as the supply of hygiene materials that allow employees to continue recommendations for hand and face washing, among others.

The ACP did not specify in which area of operations the infected person  .worked



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All international passenger flights in and out of Panama, suspended


Posted 19/03/2020

President Laurentino Cortizo, whose actions against the coronavirus have already  earned a thumbs-up from  the UN has ordered the suspension of all international passenger  flights, for 30 days, starting  Sunday, March 22, at 11:59 pm

Freight, humanitarian and domestic flights are not affected

The measure is applicable to all international arrival and departure flights, and particularly affects Tocumen Airport, one of the most important terminal areas in Latin America by the number of destinations and traffic mobilized. It operates flights to and from more than 90 cities in America and Europe, covering much of Latin America. It is also the main hub of operations for Copa Airlines that has already reduced 80% of its activities.

Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala are among  regional  countries that have already closed  their skies- or have announced that they will,

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