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US Embassy Alert - May 12, 2021 - Increased measures for Chiriqui & Veraguas


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May 12, 2021 U.S. Embassy Alert:
 
On May 4, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced stricter curfew and lockdown measures for the provinces of Chiriqui and Veraguas due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
 
Effective May 14, curfew hours in Chiriqui and Veraguas will be from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Commercial operations will continue but close at 7:00 p.m.
 
Effective May 16, Chiriqui and Veraguas will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 8:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.
 
Additionally, effective May 17, facial screens, as well as masks, will be mandatory on public transportation throughout Panama.
 
The rest of Panama remains under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.
 
The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 
 
MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public.
 
The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws
 
MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public.
 
The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements from the Ministry of Health.  
 
Assistance:
 
U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue
Clayton, Panama
+507 317-5000
Panama-ACS@state.gov
 
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It has become increasingly obvious that lockdowns don't work and are almost certainly counterproductive.  You only have to look at US states that have lifted restrictions and those that have not.  The lockdowns last year in Panama were completely ineffective as Panama had the worst caseload in the region.  We know that Covid is spread indoors, not outdoors.  Locking people indoors is not good science.

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