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    Some expats in Chiriqui and other parts of Panama may be facing a rental lease expiring during the current COVID-19 national emergency. Last May 1st, Panama's President issued an Executive Decree freezing all rents until the coronavirus national emergency ends. While some Panama attorneys published summaries of Executive Decree 145, I couldn't find one who explained expiring leases. So, I decided to investigate an answer. I asked what many consider as the best law firm in Panama, Morgan & Morgan in Panama City some questions about this. 1. What happens to a tenant in a residential lease agreement that expires during the coronavirus national emergency?2. What happens when the landlord refuses to agree to a new lease or extend the current lease, does the tenant have to move out? I got my answer from one of their partners, Ramon Varela. He gave a short, but complete answer to both questions by stating: "If the lease expires while the ‘declaración de emergencia’ is in force, the landlord cannot vacate the tenant." Therefore, all leases remain in effect until the COVID-19 national emergency in Panama ends. Plus, two extra months to negotiate and sign a new lease agreement. Landlords can't evict the tenant during this time period as long as the tenant pays the rent and utilities on time as specified in the lease agreement. Thank you Morgan & Morgan law firm for a quick and complete reply. If you got questions about Executive Decree 145 or about Panama real estate issues you can contact Ramon Varela directly at: ramon.varela[at]morimor.com Stay safe and healthy! Steven Rich, MBA
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    From panatimes.com another hint that the authorities are putting their emphasis on contagion and transmission, rather than on therapies and immunity: Minsa evaluates applying total quarantine on weekends in Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre announced on Friday 17 July that they are evaluating the possibility of applying the total quarantine on weekends in the provinces of Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro in light of the increase in cases of COVID-19. Here is an official picture of the heat-sensing drone deployed in the province of Cocle:
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    For those seeking MINSA numbers, here's the URL: MINSA site Note the map of Panama with plentiful orange dots that looks like the measles. Click and drag the map so Chiriqui is in the center then click "+" to enlarge. Locate the dot closest to your town of interest and click it. A pop-up box will give you the data for that town. If it doesn't, it will tell you this represents multiple towns. Click the link inside the box that says "Browse Features" and it will show you the data for the individual towns. It will break down cases among Recuperado (recovered), Fallecido (fatality), UCI (in intensive care) Hospitalizado (hospitalized) and Aislamiento Domicilia (home quarantined). Add together the last three categories to get the number of active cases. The recent updates have added a scary and stupid ".00" after the number as if there might be people that are, say, half-infected. Simply ignore it. If the total says "7.00", that means seven cases, not 700. Bajo Boquete appears to have four active cases as of Midnight Tuesday the 14th. Los Naranjos has 6 active cases. Jaramillo shows one active case. Alto Boquete has swelled to 18 active cases. Volcan has 16 active cases and Dolega has 30. Las Lomas has 64 active cases while David now has 431 (oddly, none in ICU). In Puerto Armuellas, there are 119. These are government numbers and I cannot vouch for their accuracy. Whatever your beliefs about the crisis, it's clear that the virus is in practically every community in Chiriqui and we should all take appropriate precautions in public, including wearing masks (it's the law), maintaining social distancing whenever possible and stay at home as much as possible. Get some sun (vitamin D) and eat citrus fruits (vitamin C) to help your immune system. Also, be civil to those around you. There's no need to panic. Anxiety and stress reduce your body's ability to fight disease.
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    Cloth Face Mask Washable by DogCamp Dear friends, We continue making our own mask here in BOQUETE, same materials, new models with great designs of Pamana, same quality but more colors!!! You can come to La Granja Boqueteña and buy your masks!! The masks has: Two layers with a cloth (pellon) in the center that works as a filter (different Paruma designs) Price: $10 You can wash it and use it many times!!! Thank you to everybody who is helping to raise funds for our animals. Thank you so much to support DogCamp.
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    ACCBoquete was asked and gratefully responded to donating food to help the LaLa Estella del Valley school. ACCBoquete presented $200.00 to Mike Hill and Tony Ettlon for bags of food they had purchased. Mike, Tony and all the workers are doing a fabulous job in helping the school children and their families.
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    Articles such as this one excuse people who prefer to believe wearing a mask is bullsh** Yes the N 95 is the 100% mode of protection against virus particles. Here in Boquete: ( please do include that data for us) Where are they sold? Who can afford them? What value is knowing that its too expensive and not readily available? Early dialogue in the USA that negated the value of a mask did not help the USA public accept that covering the face and distancing is essential. As far as I can see, they still have not accepted that reality. As a nurse I hold fast to 1. Distancing, 2 Face covering 3. limiting exposure within closed confines. Those are principles well accepted and promoted by public health worldwide, MINSA of the Rep of Panama and as well the Mayor of Boquete.. This is what we must do. Here we do not have a choice. ________________________________________________________ Regarding the data presented by Denis Rancourt,PhD you presented: Denis G Rancourt , PhD is not a microbiologist. M.D. , Epidemiologist or a nurse. He is an ex-professor from the U of Ottawa. He was fired from the University and has ruffled up some of his peers. His M.O. is stirring the pot ( making trouble) He enjoys mustering up a conflict as seen by his past personal history. Here is the specific link: ( of articles he prefers to present to convince you the government has led you all astray) https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy Personally I'm inclined to read articles on a viral pandemic written by authorities in the field of medicine, biology, epidemiology.
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    A serious research paper, ten pages including at least 20 article citations, refutes the mask theory (except for the N95). THE RESEARCH IS CONCLUSIVE: MASKS AND RESPIRATORS DO NOT PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION OF VIRUSES Dr. Denis G Rancourt, PhD researchgate.net Mon, 20 Apr 2020 20:47 UTC Abstract Masks and respirators do not work. There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles. Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 ^m), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.
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    Don Winner did not uncover wild bill it was the Bush brothers in Bouquette Don Winner was working with wild bill to get rid of the properties he was stealing from the killed victims Winner even bragged how he was a good friend and drinking buddy to wild bill .Winner Used his blog to sell the properties for which he profited. Then to save his ass he acted like he caught wild bill. Winner was nothing but a crook a liar and fraud and used his blog site to extort money from hiS victims. Put crap on his site and would only remove it if they paid.
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    I consider wearing my mask to be mostly a non-optional fashion statement. We exhale saturated vapor (100% relative humidity) and there are millions of small (sub-micron) condensate drops in every breath. If you are infected, those drops carry huge numbers of virons, enough to infect another person. None of these particles is filtered in either direction by anything less than an N95 mask. The US CDC publishes a journal titled “Emerging Infectious Diseases” and the May, 2020 issue carries an article stating that in 14 randomized controlled trials covering four influenza pandemics, the evidence is that face masks had no substantial effect on transmission. Here’s a link to the article: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article Here’s the Abstract: There were 3 influenza pandemics in the 20th century, and there has been 1 so far in the 21st century. Local, national, and international health authorities regularly update their plans for mitigating the next influenza pandemic in light of the latest available evidence on the effectiveness of various control measures in reducing transmission. Here, we review the evidence base on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical personal protective measures and environmental hygiene measures in nonhealthcare settings and discuss their potential inclusion in pandemic plans. Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza. We similarly found limited evidence on the effectiveness of improved hygiene and environmental cleaning. We identified several major knowledge gaps requiring further research, most fundamentally an improved characterization of the modes of person-to-person transmission.
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    I believe it is reasonable to expect more posts of this kind. The degree of malnutrition of the Panamanian population has been massively increased due to the shutdown of the economy. Confinement has reduced vitamin D production, and wearing of masks negatively affected the blood saturation levels of oxygen and CO2. Widespread stress in addition to those physiological damages. All of which weaken the individual and collective immune systems. Measles, mumps, scarlet fever, even smallpox are some of the words that may return to the daily vocabulary.
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    We in the Boquete area have been very fortunate during the COVID crisis but a wave of new cases appears to have begun. Per the MINSA site as/of Midnight, Friday July 3rd: Bajo Boquete has one new case. Los Naranjos has added two more to make a total of three. Alto Boquete has added a new case. Planning on traveling to David? Take precaution as they have almost 300 active cases.
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    Members 0 3 posts Report post Posted 13 hours ago I have a home for rent near Macano, which is half way between David and Boquete. 2 bedroom with 2.5 bathrooms on 5 acres - Pet Friendly! $600 /month plus utilities, includes weekly gardener Riverfront with swimming area, natural landscaping with lots of flowers & trees 25 min. drive to Boquete, 25 min. to David, 1 hour to Las Olas Reliable vehicle required, 10 minutes of gravel road to highway Please let me know if you'd like more information. betsyinbc@gmail.com
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    Something very serious should have happened to this gentleman for leaving Panama suddenly and leave all their subscriber hanging without any advance notice.
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    MINSA typically updates their website late. The stats above are from Sunday evening. Yesterday evening Panama added 1540 new cases for a total of 47,173.
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    Alto Boquete now has eight new cases, Bajo Boquete has three active cases, plus a fatality. Los Naranjos has five active cases, one requiring hospitalization. Active cases in David are now 369. Puerto Armuelles is up to 90. The MINSA website added over 1000 cases on Sunday and the number of active cases nationwide is approaching 20,000. I would show the screen grabs but I don't have the time today.
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    One word “solyndra”. Haven’t seen a large solar or wind installation that hasn’t relied on substantial govt. Investment, after the investment goes away, the installations shut down
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    I agree that using masks is mandatory, because of the rulings of the authorities. I also agree that nurses and other medical professionals who work in dangerous environments such as hospitals need to wear masks and scrub often. Dismissing the data in the article without addressing the numerous studies cited in it by attacking the author is a failure of critical thinking called ad hominem argument, and is unconvincing. I'll add a couple of thoughts... The C19 virus seems to be mutating (not unexpected, it's what they do) so the effectiveness of any vaccine is likely to be limited. Even a very successful vaccine will not eradicate the virus. What will do so will be the eventual achievement of Herd Immunity. There is now sufficient statistical evidence from around the world to estimate the threshold for Herd Immunity (HIT) somewhere between 17% and 21% of the population (much lower than originally feared, and close to that of the common cold). The Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) which is the number of infected individuals who die from the C19 virus has been estimated and published by the US CDC at 0.26%, with a higher extreme value at 0.40%. Using those ranges on the population of Chiriqui (about 430,000) suggests that the province will not attain herd immunity until it has recorded C19 deaths of between 200 and 300 individuals. The number is below 60 today. All of the sanitation measures are slowing the transmission rate, but are not making anyone immune. It's been called "flattening the curve" to spread out the congestion in hospitals. I'm guessing that the death rate will peak in a few weeks, but will continue until at least October.
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    There will be no hiding places, Jim, if Drones are implemented in Boquete!😲
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    Even scarier than Linces riding roughshod over gated club communities carrying automatic weapons. What's next, Panama? "Crowd dusting"? Jeez.
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