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US Embassy Alert - Covid-19 update

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On April 16, the Government of Panama announced that both Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes.  For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend.
On April 18, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 4,273 cases of COVID-19.
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, even homemade ones, when in public.
On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.  Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows:
· Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
· Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday
· Sunday:  Everyone must stay home
· Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos)
Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.
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