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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

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CSS cuenta con un nuevo sistema tecnológico para detectar casos de COVID-19

Mariángeles Muñoz •

En el Complejo Hospitalario de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) fue instalado un nuevo sistema con tecnología de inteligencia artificial, a través del cual se pueden detectar casos de coronavirus (COVID-19) en un minuto.


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


CSS has a new technological system to detect cases of COVID-19

Mariángeles Muñoz • 26 Mar 2020 - 09:06 PM

A new system with artificial intelligence technology was installed in the Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund (CSS), through which coronavirus cases (COVID-19) can be detected in one minute.



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Government Closes Nsrtional Lottery


Posted 19/03/2020

While restaurants, hotels, and businesses in Panama are closing,  no move was predicted to shut down the nation’s major addiction - the National Charity  Lottery until Thursday, March 19 when  the government suspended Lottery from Monday, March 23 until  April 12.

 The regional showcasing of the twice-weekly draws has been abandoned in favor of  a televised  event without spectators or charity officials participation at the Lotteria headquarters on Ave  Cuba but nothing has been  to reduce crowds for the inevitable follow up

On Thursday, March 19, hundreds of “lucky winners” mostly older adults arrived early at lottery offices to collect their pots of gold,  silver or brass, anticipating the at least 30-minute regular wait in line.

They formed crowds to join the lines inside without keeping the six feet distance repeatedly recommended by the  Ministry of Health (Minsa) as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic ().

At the Río Abajo office  the National Police was forced to evict people reports La Prensa.

Meanwhile, Lottery director, Gloriela Del Río, reported that they are applying all the sanitary measures dictated by the Minsa, such as the use of alcoholic gel, the use of masks and the stipulated distance between officials and clients.  But shoulder to shoulder contact still exists in many selling stations

According to health authorities, those most affected by the coronavirus are people over 60 years of age. The same group that gets pumped up by the Lottery.

To date, there are 109 people with coronavirus, and one of them has died.



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Moderator comment: Again note the highlighted reference to passports. I am not interpreting the law, simply highlighting words in a newspaper article.


458 Panama lockdown violators arrested


Posted 26/03/2020

A Security Ministry statement early on Thursday, March 26  reported that at least  458 people, (322 men 44  women and, 46 minors) were detained. for quarantine violations

 The countrywide total lockdown began at 5:01 am on March 25,. with a  government decree allowing citizens to go shopping at supermarkets and pharmacies with a schedule established by the authorities using the last number of their personal identity card or for foreigners their passport.



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Security Ministry cancels  $7.1 million virus “law and order” purchase


Security Minister Juan Pino

Posted 26/03/2020

After an outcry sparked by a question from a journalist at the   Wed. March 25 Health  Ministry coronavirus press conference the   Ministry of Public Security rushed to cancel the exceptional  $7. 1 million purchase of ammunition million, considered as part of the State's expenses to face the Covid-19 crisis in the country.

Resolution No. 12 of March 25, signed by Elizabeth Araúz, administrative director of the ministry, and published last in the Panama Compra, orders the cancellation of the acquisition of ammunition of different calibers, capsules and tear gas grenades, irritant gas and pepper ball shells.

On  Wednesday, the Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino, justified the acquisition of ammunition. "The Panamanian State has to prepare for public order and take all measures of law and order," replied Pino.

"We have to be prepared for contingencies that occur in the country," he said.



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Panama's modular coronavirus hospital surges forward


Posted 26/03/2020

Work continues around the clock  on the  modular hospital  under construction in Albrook to house coronavirus  patients in Panama  City   

This hospital will have a capacity of 100 beds and an intensive care unit with  26 beds. The project under the direction  of the Ministry of Public Works is expected to be completed in one month from the start t will have a clinical laboratory, areas for hospital waste and parking lots.

As it is a modular hospital, it can be used in other areas of the country in the future.



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Humanitarian missions to airlift stranded tourists from Panama


Posted 26/03/2020

KLM Airlines has been authorized by the Panama government to carry out two humanitarian flights after the closure of Tocumen International was decreed to stop the expansion of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Spokesmen for the company, of the KLM-AirFrance group said that the two flights will arrive, at Tocumen without passengers, and will return with Dutch and French citizens, as well as other European and foreign nationals residing in the old continent.

The first of the two flights departed on Thursday, March 26 and the next will leave on March 29 to Amsterdam.

The KLM flights are in addition to the one carried out Wednesday by the Lufthansa airline that transferred 30 Panamanians from the German city of Frankfurt and returned with 69 Germans. All are flights that classify as humanitarian.

The Canadian airline Air Transat transported 107 tourists to Canada, from the Scarlett Martínez airport, in Coclé, who were in Panamanian Pacific beach hotels.



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Cruise ship with possible virus cases due in Panama Bay Friday


Posted 26/03/2020

Panama will allow health care at sea for the stricken passengers of the  Zaandam cruise ship, which is on its way to Panama waters after South American ports banned access amid the coronavirus pandemic. The  Holland-America vessel has dozens of people with flu-like symptoms on board and will arrive on Friday, March 27.

It will be assisted eight miles from the mainland by the Rotterdam cruise ship, coming from San Diego, in the United States,  said the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

The Rotterdam, owned like the Zaandam by Holland America - of the Carnival group -, will deliver supplies, personnel and test kits of COVID-19.

"As caring citizens and one of the leading countries in the global maritime sector, it is important to be able to provide the humanitarian and peace of mind support available to people on board the  vessel," said the AMP.

The Zaandam set sail with 1,243 passengers, including 100  French,250 Canadians,  and 586 crew on March 7 from Buenos Aires to San Antonio, on the central coast of Chile as the final destination.

But it had to alter course due to the drastic measures that governments were taking against the coronavirus. It tried to dock at several ports but found that all South American countries were closing their borders due to the pandemic.

The assistance operation "was requested in support of human beings who are on board with symptoms of a cold and seeks to be able to transfer medical supplies from the Holland America Company to them," the AMP explained.

"It has been concluded that it does not represent any risk for our population"

The AMP highlighted that the Bay of Panama and its anchorage areas have favorable characteristics for the meeting of ships, such as calm waters and little wind.

The cruise ship intends to continue its journey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hoping to disembark all of its passengers there on March 30.

But transiting the Canal could be delayed if cases of COVID-19 are confirmed - by Panamanian health authorities, who must give the go-ahead to any vessel before crossing the isthmus during the pandemic.



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Coronavirus earns prisoners more access to water  improved hygiene


Posted 26/03/2020

Panama’s notorious hell-hole  prisons will have adjustments better  access to drinking water, health, and communication with their families, in the midst of the coronavirus  health crisis due to the coronavirus  crisis

The moves come after two escape attempts the La Joya prison in less than five days  The first was on March 20, and the second on Wednesday, March 25.

In both cases, inmates demanded more attention to prevent the spread of the virus within prison facilities.

Authorities from the Ministry of Government (Mingob), and from the Ministry of Health determined that no new entrants will be allowed to enter the penitentiaries directly without going through strict health protocols, and an isolation period of 15 days, in an area equipped for that purpose.

A Ministry document on  Thursday, March 26 said that the suspension of all external visits is maintained and strict health measures are ordered for the custodians and administrative personnel of the penitentiary centers. They will be given alcohol gel and masks.

"Family members of those deprived of their liberty will continue to bring belongings and dry food to prisons nationwide (on the day that the visit is due, although they will not have any contact with the inmates), strictly complying with the Minsa regulations, using the last number of their  ID ”is said  a press release.

The possibility of reducing the sentence of the prison population with diseases is also being evaluated. Prisoners over 60 with chronic illnesses, who are over 60 years of age, and who have complied with the requirements of good conduct, rates of rehabilitation, compliance with prison regulations and two thirds of their sentence, would be released.

Technical Boards of all Female rehabilitation centers will process a list of those deprived of liberty who are pregnant, are mothers of dependent children, comply with the requirements of good conduct, rates of rehabilitation, compliance with prison regulations and two-thirds of their sentence.

"As a preventive and sanitary measure, access to water was increased in the penitentiary centers through tank cars and the supply of soaps, to ensure the washing of hands of those deprived of liberty," said the press release.



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I love that Drs advice.     Looking for things I haven't finished.  😜

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4 hours ago, Moderator_02 said:



Panamá no autoriza el tránsito del Zaandam, el crucero que está en Las Perlas con varios pasajeros sospechosos con coronavirus

La ACP ha señalado que de confirmarse que la embarcación navega con personas contagiadas con el Covid-19, quedará en cuarentena.
 Alex E. Hernández 
27 mar 2020 - 09:01 AM



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La ATTT extiende vigencias de licencias hasta el 30 de junio

 Redacción de La Prensa 
26 mar 2020 - 08:19 PM


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Cuatro pasajeros mueren en el crucero ‘Zaandam’ anclado frente a Panamá

27 mar 2020 - 12:52 PM


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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City.

------ Original Message ------
Sent: 3/27/2020 5:18:37 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 27, 2020)

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 27, 2020)


Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminder


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.


On March 26, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 674 cases of COVID-19.


On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines.


The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.


Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable.   


On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine.  The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  For U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula, they should carry their passports at all times.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 


·         Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 

·         Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 

·         Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 

·         Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am  

·         Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm  

·         Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm  

·         Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm  

·         Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm  

·         Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm  

·         Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm  

·         There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  


Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time.  


On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all international commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days. 


On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising 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.  


On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.  


In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama.  


The Government of Panama has implemented enhanced quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for the most up to date information on these measures.  


Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.  


On March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama 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. 

·         Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Panama. 

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




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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11 hours ago, Moderator_02 said:

artificial intelligence technology

Saw the video.  Looks like it's a piece of xray equipment that might well read out via internet to the doctor who's reading it.  Chest xrays of this COVID has a characteristic look....they call "broken glass".  Maybe they will have a field unit...dunno....  Not much information on details given.

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible US military evacuation flights.

------ Original Message ------
Sent: 3/27/2020 6:58:51 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 27, 2020)

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 27, 2020)


Location: Panama


Event: Planned Military Repatriation Flights


The Embassy is working on two evacuation options via military flights for those U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) accompanying U.S. citizen family members wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.


There are two U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 2 and 4 with a limited number of seats available; we are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about these flights.


·         April 2, departing Panama Pacifico at 9:05 p.m. and arriving Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL, to arrive 1:15 a.m. April 3.

·         April 4, departing Panama Pacifico at 4:53 p.m. and arriving Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, to arrive 8:43 p.m.


Requirements, restrictions, and helpful information:


·         The flights are restricted to U.S. citizens and LPRs accompanying U.S. citizen family members.  All passengers must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport or I-551 (green card) in order to qualify for a flight.

·         Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable.

·         Please note these flights will arrive at U.S. military installations and you will be responsible for coordinating your onward travel, including transit from the base to a commercial airport.  The closest major airport near Fort Walton Beach, FL is New Orleans, LA; and the nearest to San Angelo, TX is San Antonio, TX.

·         If you are ill, you will not be permitted to fly. Prior to departure from Panama and upon arrival to the United States you will undergo a temperature screening.

·         All passengers must sign a promissory note to ensure payment of the required fare.

·         Baggage is restricted to two bags that cannot exceed 70lbs. total.

·         Service animals MAY be authorized on the April 2 flight.  Please be sure to share your needs as appropriate.

·         You may bring limited liquids and snacks.


Additional Department of Defense flights are projected through April 9, with limited seating.  The embassy will continue researching additional military and civilian commercial options.


Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.


Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/


Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.




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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Covid -19 cases climb to 674, and 9 deaths


Posted 27/03/2020

The number of people infected  with  COVID-19  rose by  116 to 674  and  9 deaths  reported  Panama’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) at Thursday, March 26 press  conference

 The 9th  deceased is a 73-year-old man who had contact with a person diagnosed as positive by the   Ministry.

The adviser to the Pan American Health Organization, Gerardo Alfaro warned that the situation of the coronavirus in Panama is already "critical".

Alfaro warned of the need to abide by the quarantine and explained that the results of today's measures will be known in two weeks. "The important thing is to balance the ability to care for critically ill patients and avoid deaths," he added.

The director of Social Security, Enrique Lau, who fears that the capacity of the system will overflow due to the irresponsibility of people who do not comply with the quarantine. "This is a shared responsibility ... the population must take things seriously ... this is not a game,"

Meanwhile, the epidemiologist Lourdes Moreno said that of the 674 infections, 374 are men and 300 are women. There are 580 patients in home isolation and 83 are hospitalized (60 in ward and 23 in intensive care).

Most cases have been recorded in patients between the ages of 20 to 59, 524 in total, while 15.3% have been recorded in patients between the ages of 60 and 79 and 2% in people over 80 years of age. and children under 20 years 5%.



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Over 2,000 Panama hotel beds for coronavirus patients


Posted 27/03/2020

The evaluation of 200 coronaviruses, patients with mild and moderate symptoms is underway for transfer to  Panama hotels that have made over 2000 beds available to health authorities.

The director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Lourdes Moreno, said that a criterion to take into account is that the patient has other diseases that compromise the immune system. Most of the patients that will be taken to hotels reside in the metropolitan area of Panama City, where the largest number of cases are reported, such as: San Francisco, Juan Díaz, Parque Lefevre, Bella Vista, and Betania

The protocol
The Minsa has already established the protocol for the care of patients with mild coronavirus in hotel facilities to “guarantee the strict isolation of positive cases of the disease to prevent the spread to close and susceptible contacts; and safeguard individual and collective health at the national level, avoiding the spread of the pandemic,”  More severe cases will continue to  be treated in hospital facilities.

The protocol specifies which staff will attend to patients, the specific functions of hotel staff and the handling of confirmed cases.

The director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, reported that some of the hotels that are collaborating with this plan are the Decapolis and the Crown Plaza and Bern Hotels & Resorts a made two of its hotels available to the Government.



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408 quarantine violators arrested in 24 hours


Posted 27/03/2020

PANAMA Mar. 27, the National Police (PN) arrested a total of 408 people who have breached Panama’s countrywide quarantine in the last 24 hours, as authorities warn that the spread of the coronavirus cannot be contained if citizens do not follow the protocol.

Of the detainees, 301 are men and 40 are women and, 67 minors breached the Executive Decree.

The authorities have announced that there will be more severe sanctions if the flouting continues.



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Moderator comment: This is the front page of today's (Saturday, March 28th, 2020) LaPrensa newspaper. Not going to translate it. Posting only to display that Covid-19 reporting dominates the press, which is of no surprise.




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Four deaths on beleaguered cruise ship in search of a port


Posted 27/03/2020

Four elderly passengers  have  of coronavirus died on board the cruise ship "Zaandam",  anchored off the coast of Panama and, like the legendary Flying Dutchman, unable to find a berth, after being rejected in several Latin American ports  and now denied transit through the Panama Canal   said the ship’s owners the Holland-America Line

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and we are doing everything we can to support them in these difficult times, ”the company said in a statement on its website on Friday, March 27.

The cruise ship, with some 1,800 people on board, including over 40  with flu-like symptoms, is in Panamanian waters, where it is being assisted at sea by another company vessel  “Rotterdam”, which sailed from  San Diego, in the United States, with supplies, staff and test kits for coronavirus.

The company indicated in the statement that it plans to transfer "healthy passengers" from the "Zaandam" to "Rotterdam" after they have passed health tests.

Passengers with health problems, their close contacts and the crew will remain in the "Zaandam”, added Holland America Line.

The administrator of the Panama Canal, Ricaurte Vásquez, reported that the Panamanian government denied the Dutch-flagged ship transit through the Canal for reasons of "sanitation."

"The Ministry of Health did not give permission, the ship is in Panamanian territorial waters, but it has to be isolated," Vásquez said in a conference call with journalists.

"They have not informed us if there are positive cases of coronavirus on board, but they have said  that the ship cannot transit) for health reasons," added Vásquez.

The "Zaandam" set sail on March 7 from Buenos Aires to San Antonio, on the central coast of Chile, but had to alter its course due to the drastic measures taken by the South American governments against the expansion of the coronavirus. tried to dock at several ports, but found that all South American countries were closing their borders due to the pandemic.

It intended to cross the Canal to continue its route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hoping to disembark all of its passengers there on March 30.

But the Panama Ministry of Health has denied that possibility.

On Thursday, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) granted permission cruise ship  to be assisted eight miles from the mainland by the "Rotterdam



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Health Ministry clarifies  quarantine rules for dog owners


Posted 27/03/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa)  recognized  on  Friday, March 27  through its Twitter  account  that  "a pet is an important member of many Panamanian families."  And clarified  account that  while  dog owners cannot take a  pet “for a walk “  it  can be can be taken within the perimeter of the residence during the period that the owner  is allowed  to leave, from the last number the  ID, card

However, they recommend that when returning from outside, the animal should be groomed with a towel moistened with soap and water, since this can contaminate areas of the residence e with many germs. "If you do not have a green area or garden, we recommend you designate a space in your residence for the pet to meet its needs, use the corresponding cleaning implements to collect the feces and deposit them in the garbage," said the Minsa.



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Van 14 defunciones y 786 pacientes con COVID-19 en Panamá

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Por Cinthia Almanza
27/03/2020  6:20PM

Cinco nuevos muertos en un solo día cobró el COVID-19 en Panamá. Estos fallecidos aumentan a 14 las defunciones producto del potente virus en el país.

Entre las víctimas fatales del virus confirmadas este viernes, están el subcomisionado de la Policía Nacional, Juan Lezcano, quien estaba próximo a jubilarse, al igual que el mayor José Luis García, del Cuerpo de Bomberos de Panamá, anunció el ministro de Seguridad, Juan Pino.

La ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner informó que a la fecha hay 786 casos por COVID-19 en Panamá, de éstos 349 son mujeres y 437 son hombres.  Esto, al día 19 de diagnosticarse el primer caso del virus en territorio nacional.

Solo este viernes, 27 de marzo, se añadieron 112 nuevos casos a la lista de contagiados.

La directora de Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud, Lourdes Moreno, detalló que el 84% de los pacientes, que corresponde a 662 casos se mantienen con síntomas leves en casa, hay 108 casos en hospitalización, de los cuales el 10.2% se encuentra en sala y el 3.6% están en cuidados intensivos.

En el caso de los pacientes en cuidados intensivos, el doctor Julio Sandoval, señaló que 7 u 8 requieren de un ventilador mecánico. La edad promedio de este grupo es de 58 años de edad.


Moreno añadió que se han realizado 5,222 prueba de las cuales el 85% han sido negativas.

Los contagios siguen registrándose entre personas de edades que van de 30 a 60 años y más.

" Recuerden que una persona con el virus, puede infectar a 2 o 3 personas más", recordó Turner.

Moreno por su parte, indicó que se han efectuado 4 mil 793 atenciones brindadas por el sistema R.O.S.A.


La tasa de letalidad en Panamá, ahora con 14 decesos por el virus, es de 1.78%, el promedio de edad es de 62 años y 7 de cada 10 casos ha presentado hipertensión, dijo Sandoval.

Agregó que los muertos de edades mayores a 60 años de edad, padecían de cáncer, obesidad y tabaquismo.

Situación empeora

" Están aumentando los casos, y cada vez son más graves", alertó el director de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, al indicar que hay más pacientes en cuidados intensivos. 

Lau Cortés reconoció que la situación del coronavirus está empeorando en el país, porque aunado a los pacientes con COVID-19 se tienen que seguir atendiendo las enfermedades comunes, y esto ha puesto a Panamá a librar dos grandes batallas.

Para confrontar estas batallas, se ha declarado al Hospital  Susana Jones Cano de Villa Lucre, para la atención de la población con padecimientos no vinculados con COVID-19.

" Esto que está sucediendo en este momento, no es por las personas que salieron a la calle ayer... es por quienes hace 15 días no obedecieron", aseveró Lau Cortés.

Llamadas irresponsables

Turner advirtió que quienes insistan en realizar llamadas falsas e irresponsables a las líneas de atención por la emergencia sanitaria, se les podría cortar por un mes la línea telefónica. " Les exhortamos a que por favor se dejen de hacer llamadas por puro juego", pidió Moreno.

" Estamos coordinando en el Ministerio de Salud con la Autoridad de Servicios Públicos para ver si a través de un decreto, se le pueda cortar el servicio telefónico por un mes por estar realizando llamadas falsas", reiteró.

Y es que, ya son 113 las llamadas falsas a la línea 169. En esta línea se han contestado 4 mil 22 llamadas.


De acuerdo con el ministro Pino. por el incumplimiento del toque de queda total, en las últimas 24 horas se han retenido a 341 personas, entre ellos habían 67 menores de edad.

"Las mismas provincias donde hay mayores casos, son las mismas provincias donde no están acatando las órdenes", apuntó Pino.


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There are 14 deaths and 786 patients with COVID-19 in Panama

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By Cinthia Almanza
03/27/2020 6:20 PM

Five new deaths in a single day were claimed by COVID-19 in Panama. These deaths increase the deaths from the powerful virus in the country to 14.

Among the fatal victims of the virus confirmed this Friday are the deputy commissioner of the National Police, Juan Lezcano, who was about to retire, as well as Major José Luis García, of the Panama Fire Department, announced the Minister of Security, Juan Pine tree.

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner reported that to date there are 786 cases of COVID-19 in Panama, of these 349 are women and 437 are men. This, on day 19 of the diagnosis of the first case of the virus in national territory.

Only this Friday, March 27, 112 new cases were added to the list of infected people.

The director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, Lourdes Moreno, explained that 84% of patients, which corresponds to 662 cases, remain with mild symptoms at home, there are 108 cases in hospitalization, of which 10.2% are in the ward. and 3.6% are in intensive care.

In the case of patients in intensive care, Dr. Julio Sandoval, pointed out that 7 or 8 require a mechanical ventilator. The average age of this group is 58 years old.


Moreno added that 5,222 tests have been carried out, of which 85% have been negative.

Contagions continue to be recorded among people aged 30 to 60 years and older.

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"Remember that one person with the virus can infect 2-3 more people," Turner recalled.

For his part, Moreno indicated that 4,793 services have been provided by the R.O.S.A.


The fatality rate in Panama, now with 14 deaths from the virus, is 1.78%, the average age is 62 years and 7 out of 10 cases have presented hypertension, Sandoval said.

He added that the dead of ages over 60 years old, suffered from cancer, obesity and smoking.

Situation worsens

"The cases are increasing, and they are becoming more and more serious," warned the director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, indicating that there are more patients in intensive care.

Lau Cortés acknowledged that the coronavirus situation is worsening in the country, because together with patients with COVID-19, they must continue to treat common diseases, and this has put Panama to fight two great battles.

To confront these battles, the Susana Jones Cano Hospital in Villa Lucre has been declared for the care of the population with conditions not related to COVID-19.

"This is happening right now, it is not because of the people who took to the streets yesterday ... it is because of those who 15 days ago did not obey," said Lau Cortés.

Irresponsible calls

Turner warned that those who insist on making false and irresponsible calls to hotlines for the health emergency could have their phone line cut for a month. "We urge you to please stop making calls purely by game," Moreno asked.

"We are coordinating in the Ministry of Health with the Public Services Authority to see if, through a decree, the telephone service can be cut for a month for making false calls," he reiterated.

And it is that there are already 113 false calls to line 169. On this line 4 thousand 22 calls have been answered.


According to Minister Pino. for the breach of the total curfew, 341 people have been detained in the last 24 hours, among them 67 minors.

"The same provinces where there are higher cases are the same provinces where orders are not being followed," said Pino.



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Crisis sanitaria por coronavirus se agudiza

Cinco nuevos fallecidos entre el jueves y el viernes, y un crucero anclado en la bahía de Panamá confirma la muerte de cuatro de sus pasajeros

Por José Arcia


El Zaandam llegó a aguas panameñas este viernes y dos pasajeros resultaron positivos por coronavirus.Erick Marciscano | La Estrella de Panamá

Los fallecidos por el nuevo coronavirus (Covid-19) aumentaron a 14, desde que se detectó el primer paciente con el patógeno hace 19 días.

El incremento en la cifra de víctimas sucede en medio del fallecimiento de cuatro pasajeros del crucero Zaandam, perteneciente a la naviera Holland American Line y anclado en la bahía de Panamá.

La información fue suministrada por la propia naviera holandesa en un comunicado en el que indicaba, además, que dos pasajeros habían resultado con diagnóstico positivo tras practicarse la prueba del Covid-19.

El crucero, con unas 1,800 personas a bordo –algunas con síntomas gripales–, llegó a aguas panameñas en la mañana de este viernes, luego de haber sido rechazado en puertos de Perú y Chile por medidas sanitarias.

“Ayer (jueves), varias personas con síntomas respiratorios fueron evaluadas por Covid-19 y dos individuos dieron positivo”, señaló la naviera en el comunicado.

EL crucero partió de Buenos Aires, Argentina, el 7 de marzo y originalmente estaba programado para finalizar su recorrido en San Antonio, Chile, el 21 de marzo. Ante la negativa del país suramericano para el desembarco, el crucero se dirigía a Florida, Estados Unidos, para lo cual debía cruzar el Canal de Panamá.

El Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) permitió que el buque recibiera ayuda humanitaria, pero no aprobó su tránsito por la vía interoceánica.

Fue así que este viernes, la Autoridad Marítima de Panamá (AMP) supervisó la operación “barco a barco” que realizó el buque Rotterdam, que llegó a aguas panameñas este viernes procedente de San Diego, Estados Unidos.

“Hoy (ayer) anunciamos un plan para transferir grupos de huéspedes sanos de Zaandam a Rotterdam, con protocolos estrictos para este proceso desarrollados en conjunto con los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) de Estados Unidos”, indicó la naviera en el comunicado.

La ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, no hizo referencia al tema durante la acostumbrada conferencia de prensa para dar a conocer los últimos detalles sobre el avance del brote de coronavirus en el país.

Además de los 14 fallecidos, durante las últimas horas del jueves y el viernes se detectaron 112 nuevos casos, que suman una totalidad de 786, de los cuales 108 están hospitalizados y de esta última cifra, 28 están en cuidados intensivos. También se registran dos pacientes recuperados.

La ministra Turner informó que 50 pacientes están bajo observación en hoteles, una medida que permite proteger a los pacientes y a sus familias.

El director de la Caja de Seguro Social, Enrique Lau Cortés, reconoció que la situación empeora, a pesar de todos los esfuerzos que se vienen haciendo.

Este escenario, a su juicio, obedece a que se libran dos grandes batallas: una tiene que ver con el Covid-19 y la otra con las enfermedades comunes que deben ser atendidas.

La preocupación de las autoridades de salud se centra en que las salas de cuidados intensivos se pueden saturar, no solo con pacientes de coronavirus, sino con aquellos que sufran otras patologías.

Turner llamó la atención en torno a la recepción de llamadas falsas a la línea de urgencia, un canal habilitado estrictamente para atender todo lo asociado a las consultas sobre el Covid-19 en Panamá.


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Coronavirus health crisis worsens

Five new deceased between Thursday and Friday, and a cruise ship anchored in the Bay of Panama confirms the death of four of its passengers

By José Arcia
Updated 03/28/2020 00:00


Zaandam arrived in Panamanian waters this Friday and two passengers tested positive for coronavirus.Erick Marciscano | The Panama Star

Those killed by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) increased to 14, since the first patient with the pathogen was detected 19 days ago.

The increase in the number of victims occurs amid the death of four passengers on the Zaandam cruise ship, belonging to the Holland American Line shipping company and anchored in Panama Bay.

The information was provided by the Dutch shipping company itself in a statement indicating, in addition, that two passengers had been positively diagnosed after testing the Covid-19.

The cruise ship, with some 1,800 people on board - some with flu-like symptoms - arrived in Panamanian waters this Friday morning, after being rejected in ports in Peru and Chile for sanitary measures.

"Yesterday (Thursday), several people with respiratory symptoms were evaluated by Covid-19 and two individuals tested positive," the shipping company said in the statement.

The cruise ship left Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 7 and was originally scheduled to end its tour in San Antonio, Chile on March 21. Faced with the refusal of the South American country to disembark, the cruise was headed to Florida, United States, for which it had to cross the Panama Canal.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) allowed the ship to receive humanitarian aid, but did not approve its transit by the interoceanic route.

Thus, this Friday, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) supervised the “ship to ship” operation carried out by the ship Rotterdam, which arrived in Panamanian waters this Friday from San Diego, United States.

"Today (yesterday) we announced a plan to transfer healthy host groups from Zaandam to Rotterdam, with strict protocols for this process developed in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States," the shipping company said. in the statement.

Health Minister Rosario Turner made no reference to the issue during the customary press conference to release the latest details on the progress of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

In addition to the 14 deceased, 112 new cases were detected during the last hours of Thursday and Friday, totaling 786, of which 108 are hospitalized and of the latter number, 28 are in intensive care. Two recovered patients are also recorded.

Minister Turner reported that 50 patients are under observation in hotels, a measure that allows protecting patients and their families.

The director of the Social Security Fund, Enrique Lau Cortés, acknowledged that the situation is getting worse, despite all the efforts being made.

This scenario, in his opinion, is due to the fact that two great battles are being fought: one has to do with the Covid-19 and the other with the common diseases that must be attended to.

The concern of the health authorities centers on that the intensive care rooms can be saturated, not only with coronavirus patients, but with those who suffer other pathologies.

Turner drew attention to receiving false calls to the emergency line, a channel strictly enabled to attend to everything associated with inquiries about Covid-19 in Panama.



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COVID-19 en Panamá alcanza los 786 casos y 14 defunciones

Las autoridades confirmaron el registro de 112 nuevos casos positivos y otros cinco nuevos fallecidos

Por Juan Alberto Cajar B.


Coronavirus Panamá.EFE

Este viernes el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) confirmó el aumento de contagiados por el nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) a 786 pacientes, mientras que las cifras de víctimas fatales suman 14 defunciones.

Del total de casos, 662 (84%) están en aislamiento domiciliario con síntomas leves, el 10% en condiciones de hospitalización y el 3.6% se encuentra en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI).

Las regiones de Panamá Metro, Panamá Oeste, San Miguelito, Panamá Norte siguen siendo las áreas con mayor número de casos.

En cuanto al número de pruebas, se han aplicado un total de 5,222 —unas 366 nuevas pruebas desde ayer—, de las cuales 85% han resultado negativas.

Entre los cinco nuevos fallecidos, estaría un subcomisionado de la Policía Nacional y un mayor encargado de transporte en el cuerpo de bomberos.

En lo referente a los ventiladores disponibles para los pacientes hospitalizados, las autoridades precisaron que disponen de 420 en el sistema público y 85 en el sector privado. Sobre las camas para las áreas críticas, hay 415, unas 350 en los centros públicos y 85 en el privado.

El Ministerio de Salud confirmó además que entre esta institución y la Caja de Seguro Social cuentan con 4,373 camas hospitalarias a las que se sumarían 583 en las clínicas privadas. Se añadió que existen espacios dentro de los hospitales que pueden ser adaptados para que funcionen como áreas críticas.


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COVID-19 in Panama reaches 786 cases and 14 deaths

The authorities confirmed the registration of 112 new positive cases and another five new deceased

By Juan Alberto Cajar B.
Updated 03/27/2020 19:51


Coronavirus Panama.EFE

This Friday the Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed the increase of those infected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to 786 patients, while the numbers of fatal victims add up to 14 deaths.

Of the total cases, 662 (84%) are in home isolation with mild symptoms, 10% in hospital conditions and 3.6% are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The regions of Panamá Metro, Panamá Oeste, San Miguelito, Panamá Norte continue to be the areas with the highest number of cases.

As for the number of tests, a total of 5,222 have been applied - some 366 new tests since yesterday -, of which 85% have been negative.

Among the five new deceased, would be a deputy commissioner of the National Police and a senior transport manager in the fire department.

Regarding the ventilators available for hospitalized patients, the authorities specified that they have 420 in the public system and 85 in the private sector. On the beds for critical areas, there are 415, about 350 in public centers and 85 in the private one.

The Ministry of Health also confirmed that between this institution and the Social Security Fund they have 4,373 hospital beds, to which 583 would be added in private clinics. It was added that there are spaces within hospitals that can be adapted to function as critical areas.



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Masks can be disinfected and reused

Stanford has just put out a study examining the effectiveness of different kinds of masks and the ability to reuse masks after disinfection.
Bottom lines:
1. N95 surgical masks are the best, but masks made from vacuum cleaner bags run a close second. Cotton masks are in the middle of the pack at about 70-75% effectiveness.
2. N95 masks made from Meltblown fiber filtration media are 97% effective and lose only 1-2% effectiveness if steamed in hot water vapor for ten minutes. Coronavirus is heat sensitive.
3. Static-charged cotton masks are about 78% effective and lose virtually none of their effectiveness if steamed in hot water vapor for ten minutes.
4. Alcohol or chlorine-based disinfection of these masks results in marked loss of efficiency.

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