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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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Panamá registra 24 defunciones y 989 casos acumulados de COVID-19

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Viceministro de Salud, Luis Sucre. TR

Catherine Perea

Este 29 de marzo se registraron en Panamá 7 nuevas defunciones por el nuevo coronavirus COVID-19, elevando a cifra 24 muertos, confirmó el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa).

En Panamá aumentan a 989 los casos de COVID-19 y a 24 las defunciones. Telemetro Reporta

Se detectaron 88 nuevos casos, aumentando la cifra a 989 contagiados por este virus en el país, anunció Lourdes Moreno, jefa de epidemiología del Minsa.

Del total de pacientes, 820 se encuentran en aislamiento domiciliario con síntomas leves y 141 están hospitalizados (105 en sala y 36 en cuidados intensivos).

En cuanto a casos confirmados por género, 565 son hombres y 424 mujeres

Se han realizado hasta la fecha 6 mil 160 pruebas para detectar COVID-19, de las cuales 5, 171 han sido negativas.

Los pacientes con edades entre 19 y 80 años registran la mayor cantidad de casos, y la mayor cantidad de defunciones se han registrado en personas mayores de 50 años, con 20 en total.

Estamos haciendo lo que corresponde como país, como Estado, los funcionarios y la fuerza de tarea lo estamos haciendo. Te toca poner de tu parte, quédate en casa, lavado de mano y seguir las instrucciones que estén dando cada día”, pidió Moreno.

Luis Sucre, viceministro de Salud, informó que los cuatro pacientes recuperados siguen evolucionando de manera positiva.

Uno se encuentra hospitalizado en sala y los otros tres ya están en sus residencias.

Sucre anunció que para reforzar el plan Protégete Panamá, se incluirá en las plataformas R.O.S.A y la línea 169 el componente de salud mental en el que se contará con asistencia de psiquiatras y psicólogos de Minsa, la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) y el Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (Mides).

 

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

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Panama registers 24 deaths and 989 accumulated cases of COVID-19

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Catherine Perea • Mar 29, 2020 - 06:17 PM

This March 29, 7 new deaths were registered in Panama from the new coronavirus COVID-19, bringing the number to 24 deaths, confirmed the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

In Panama, COVID-19 cases increase to 989 and deaths to 24. Reporting rangefinder

88 new cases were detected, increasing the number to 989 infected by this virus in the country, announced Lourdes Moreno, head of epidemiology at Minsa.

Of the total number of patients, 820 are in home isolation with mild symptoms and 141 are hospitalized (105 in the ward and 36 in intensive care).

Regarding confirmed cases by gender, 565 are men and 424 women

To date, 6,160 tests have been carried out to detect COVID-19, of which 5,171 have been negative.

Patients aged between 19 and 80 years have the highest number of cases, and the highest number of deaths have been recorded in people over the age of 50, with a total of 20.

“We are doing what corresponds as a country, as a State, the officials and the task force are doing it. It's up to you to do your part, stay home, wash your hands and follow the instructions they are giving every day, ”Moreno asked.

Luis Sucre, vice minister of Health, reported that the four recovered patients continue to evolve positively.

One is hospitalized in the ward and the other three are already in their residences.

Sucre announced that to reinforce the Protect Panama plan, the mental health component will be included in the ROSA platforms and line 169, which will be attended by psychiatrists and psychologists from Minsa, the Social Security Fund (CSS) and the Ministry of Social Development (Mides).

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/03/29/panama-registra-24-defunciones-y-989-casos-acumulados-por-covid-19/2727427.html

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Moderator comment: Below is a two page Announcement by Minsa as of 7:30PM Sunday evening, March 29th, 2020, which was captured off Twitter.

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Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above Minsa Announcement.

Note, Minsa made a fairly significant typo in this announcement. There are two URLs provided at the bottom of the announcement. Unfortunately they made a mistake. I cannot correct their announcement, but the flawed URL as listed in the below translation has been corrected. Both URLs work properly.

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COMMUNIQUE # 34

National Government announces new component in the Protect Panama Plan

The National Government informs that, to reinforce the Protect Panama Plan, it will be included, through the R.O.S.A. and line 169, the mental health component that would be attended by psychiatrists and psychologists from the Ministry of Health (MINSA), the Social Security Fund (CSS) and the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES).

Likewise, MINSA set up in the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, located in the Centennial Highway, a care unit for people in the metropolitan area who present symptoms of respiratory conditions.

It is also reported that the four patients who have left the Intensive Care Units evolve positively; one of them is in the hospital ward and the other three are already in their residences.

For their part, MIDES and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) reported on the implementation of the Panama Solidarity Plan. In a first phase, execution has been prioritized in the towns with the highest multidimensional poverty index, reaching, in the last 24 hours, communities in the province of Colon, San Miguelito and Panama Oeste.

Epidemiological report

As of today, Sunday, March 29, 2020, there are 989 positive accumulated cases, of which 88 are new cases.

In home isolation are 820 people and 141 hospitalized. Of the total hospitalized, 105 is in the ward and 36 in the intensive care unit. 24 deceased and 4 recovered patients are reported.

To date, 6,160 tests have been carried out throughout the country, of which 85% have been negative. Panama continues to lead, in the Central American region, the number of tests applied, as a strategy to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus.

All official information regarding COVID-19 in Panama and the actions of the National Government are communicated through the official accounts of MINSA on the main social networks and on its website (www.minsa.gob.pa and yomeinformopma.org). Also available is the 169 call center and the WhatsApp number 6997-2539.

Panama, March 29, 2020 7:30 p.m.

 

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Alcalde no permitirá atraque del  crucero Zaandam en Fort Lauderdale

Tras cruzar el Canal de Panamá, el embrcación que lleva al menos cuatro cadáveres y otras personas contagiadas con Covid-19, sigue con rumbo incierto, ahora en el Atlántico

Por EFE Servicios

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Crucero Zaandam Erick Marciscano / La Estrella de Panamá

El alcalde de Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Dean Trantalis, señaló este domingo que no permitirá que el crucero "Zandaam", a bordo del cual han muerto cuatro personas y hay al menos otras dos con COVID-19, atraque en el puerto de esa ciudad y sugirió que lo haga en una base naval por razones de seguridad.

Trantalis emitió un comunicado a través de las redes sociales después de que el "Zandaam", de la compañía Holland America Line, con sede en Seattle (noroeste de EE.UU.), recibiera el sábado autorización para cruzar el canal de Panamá y seguir su viaje rumbo a Port Everglades, en Fort Lauderdale (sureste de Florida).

"No podemos crear un nuevo riesgo para nuestra comunidad en medio de nuestra propia crisis de salud con miles de personas que ya han dado positivo al mortal y contagioso virus COVID-19" en tres condados del sureste de Florida, escribió el alcalde.

Trantalis afirmó que la Guardia Costera y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional deben establecer un plan para proteger a la población y sugirió que hay muchas bases de la Marina en la costa este de EE.UU. que podrían acoger al crucero.

De esa manera, la situación se podría manejar en un "ambiente mucho más controlado" que en una "vasta zona urbana", indicó Trantalis.

De acuerdo con el Departamento de Salud de Florida, este domingo había contabilizados 4.246 casos de coronavirus, en comparación con los 4.038 reportados al final de la jornada del sábado, aunque la cifra de muertes se mantuvo en 56.

El presidente de Holland America Line, Orlando Ashford, emitió hoy un mensaje por video dirigido a los pasajeros en el que les aseguró que van a hacer lo imposible por hacer que todos puedan volver a sus casas y sus familias cuanto antes, y les pidió disculpas por el hecho de que las vacaciones que anhelan se hayan convertido en algo muy diferente por una situación "dura y sin precedentes"

El "Zandaam", que partió de Buenos Aires el 7 de marzo para un viaje que incluía las islas Malvinas y el sur de Chile y tenía previsto terminar el 21 de marzo en el puerto chileno de San Antonio, estaba en el mar cuando el coronavirus empezó a impactar con fuerza en el continente americano.

Por ese motivo y por llevar a bordo a más de 130 personas con síntomas de una enfermedad respiratoria, según la propia compañía, que también confirmó la muerte de cuatro pasajeros de edad avanzada sin precisar las causas, el "Zandaam" no ha podido atracar en ningún puerto de la costa oeste de Sudamérica después de Punta Arenas (Chile), el 14 de marzo.

Se le prohibió atracar en San Antonio, aunque sí pudo fondear fuera del puerto de Valparaíso (Chile), y después llegó a aguas panameñas, donde fue puesto en cuarentena.

Las autoridades sanitarias panameñas anunciaron este sábado que autorizaron el tránsito por el canal panameño del "Zandaam", después de haberle sido negado el viernes por el Ministerio de Salud de Panamá alegando razones de salubridad.

"Se le permitirá transitar por la vía interoceánica" indicó este sábado en un comunicado el Ministerio de Salud, que aclaró que el buque de la naviera Holland America proseguirá "su travesía hacia Estados Unidos".

Ashford dijo en el vídeo publicado hoy que el transbordo de los pasajeros que no hubieran estado enfermos a otro de sus buques, el "Rotterdam", que llegó el viernes a aguas panameñas, tiene como intención hacer que unos y otros estén en una situación mejor y más saludable.

También indicó que permanecerán aislados como hasta ahora después del transbordo y que eso permitirá que pasajeros que están en camarotes sin luz y sin aire fresco durante días puedan disfrutar de cuartos exteriores en lo que queda del viaje.

El presidente de la naviera no dio detalles de los enfermos ni dijo cuando terminará se efecuará del transbordo y comenzará el cruce del canal de Panamá.

La navegación de los buques por el canal solo la pueden llevar adelante los prácticos de la vía interoceánica, que abordan y toman el mando de la nave durante toda la travesía.

Según la Autoridad Marítima panameña, los fallecidos a bordo del "Zandaam" son un estadounidense, un sueco, un inglés y un holandés".

Sus cuerpos serán desembarcados del "Zaandam" al llegar a su destino

A mediados de marzo la industria de cruceros de Estados Unidos suspendió todos los viajes previstos debido a que los Centros de Control y Prevención recomendaron no viajar en ese medio de transporte turístico.

Los viajes que estaban en curso, como el del "Zandaam", podían terminar en la fecha que tenían previsto.

 

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

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Mayor will not allow docking of the Zaandam cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale

After crossing the Panama Canal, the vessel carrying at least four bodies and other people infected with Covid-19, continues on an uncertain course, now in the Atlantic

By EFE Servicios
Updated 03/30/2020 08:08

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Zaandam Erick Marciscano / The Star of Panama Cruise

The mayor of Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Dean Trantalis, said this Sunday that he will not allow the cruise ship "Zandaam", on board of which four people have died and there are at least two others with COVID-19, to dock in the port of that city and suggested that he do so at a naval base for security reasons.

Trantalis issued a statement through social media after the "Zandaam", by the company Holland America Line, based in Seattle (Northwest USA), received authorization on Saturday to cross the Panama Canal and continue his trip to Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale (southeast Florida).

"We cannot create a new risk for our community in the midst of our own health crisis with thousands of people who have already tested positive for the deadly and contagious COVID-19 virus" in three counties in southeast Florida, the mayor wrote.

Trantalis stated that the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security should establish a plan to protect the population, and suggested that there are many Navy bases on the US east coast. that could host the cruise.

In that way, the situation could be managed in a "much more controlled environment" than in a "vast urban area," Trantalis said.

According to the Florida Department of Health, 4,246 cases of coronaviruses had been counted this Sunday, compared to the 4,038 reported at the end of the day on Saturday, although the death rate remained at 56.

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford today issued a video message to passengers assuring them that they will do the impossible to get everyone and their families back as soon as possible, and apologized. due to the fact that the vacations they long for have become something very different due to a "hard and unprecedented" situation

The "Zandaam", which left Buenos Aires on March 7 for a trip that included the Falkland Islands and southern Chile and was scheduled to end on March 21 at the Chilean port of San Antonio, was at sea when the coronavirus began to impact strongly on the American continent.

For this reason and for taking on board more than 130 people with symptoms of a respiratory disease, according to the company itself, which also confirmed the death of four elderly passengers without specifying the causes, the "Zandaam" has not been able to dock in no port on the west coast of South America after Punta Arenas (Chile), on March 14.

He was forbidden to dock in San Antonio, although he was able to anchor outside the port of Valparaíso (Chile), and later reached Panamanian waters, where he was quarantined.

The Panamanian health authorities announced this Saturday that they authorized the transit through the Panamanian channel of "Zandaam", after having been denied on Friday by the Panamanian Ministry of Health, alleging health reasons.

"He will be allowed to transit the interoceanic route," the Health Ministry said in a statement this Saturday, which clarified that the ship of the shipping company Holland America will continue "its journey to the United States."

Ashford said in the video released today that the transfer of passengers who had not been ill to another of their ships, the "Rotterdam", which arrived in Panamanian waters on Friday, is intended to make each other in a better situation. and healthier.

He also indicated that they will remain isolated as before after the transfer and that this will allow passengers who are in cabins without light and without fresh air for days to enjoy exterior rooms in the rest of the trip.

The president of the shipping company did not give details of the patients or say when the transfer will end and the crossing of the Panama Canal will begin.

The navigation of the ships through the channel can only be carried out by the pilots of the interoceanic route, who board and take command of the ship throughout the journey.

According to the Panamanian Maritime Authority, the deceased on board the "Zandaam" are an American, a Swede, an Englishman and a Dutchman. "

Their bodies will be landed from "Zaandam" upon arrival at their destination

In mid-March, the United States cruise industry suspended all planned trips because the Centers for Control and Prevention recommended not to travel on this type of tourist transport.

The trips that were underway, such as the "Zandaam", could end on the date they had planned.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/200330/alcalde-permitira-atraque-crucero-zaandam-fort-lauderdale

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Más de 4 mil personas han sido detenidas desde que se decretó el toque de queda

 Henry Cárdenas P. 
30 mar 2020 - 08:17 AM

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/mas-de-4-mil-personas-han-sido-detenidas-desde-que-se-decreto-el-toque-de-queda/

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Panamá: 24 muertes y 36 personas,en estado crítico

Los pacientes con edades entre 19 y 80 años registran la mayor cantidad de casos. La mayoría de defunciones se han reportado en personas mayores de 50 años, con 20 en total.
 
 Aleida Samaniego C.  
30 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/panama-24-muertes-y-36-personas-en-estado-critico/

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

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Sent: 3/30/2020 1:12:31 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 30, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 30, 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) 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.  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.

 

Assistance:  

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov  
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

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

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Sent: 3/30/2020 1:12:32 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 30, 2020)
 

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 30, 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 29, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 989 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 3 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. 

 

Assistance:  

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov  
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

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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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible US military evacuation/repatriation flights. Note that the US Embassy is now talking about three (3) flights, as opposed to two (2) flights.

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Sent: 3/30/2020 3:18:23 PM
Subject: Alert:Planned Military Repatriation Flights
 

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 30, 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) wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available. 

 

There are three 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 11:00 a.m. and arriving Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, VA, to arrive at 6:00 p.m. 

  • April 4, departing Panama Pacifico at 4:53 p.m. and arrivingGoodfellow 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.  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, FLisNew Orleans, LA; and the nearest to San Angelo, TX is San Antonio, TX. 

  • If you areill,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. 

 

Assistance:  

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov 
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

State Department – Consular Affairs 
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444  

 

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

 

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Panamá registra 27 fallecidos por el coronavirus;desde el miércoles cuarentena absoluta

 Manuel Vega Loo 
30 mar 2020 - 06:29 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/panama-registra-27-fallecidos-por-el-coronavirusdesde-el-miercoles-cuarentena-absoluta/

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Panamá suma 1,075 casos y endurece la cuarentena para frenar el COVID-19

Al corte de hoy se reportan 1,075 casos positivos acumulados, de los cuales 86 son nuevos. Unos 109 pacientes se encuentran hospitalizados. A la fecha, se registran 27 defunciones 

Por Ismael Gordón Guerre

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La cuarentena no ha impedido el tránsito considerable de conductores y peatones en la capital.Aris Martínez | La Estrella de Panamá

Las autoridades de Salud de Panamá anunciaron nuevas medidas para evitar la propagación del COVID-19, que suman 1075 casos positivos, 27 defunciones y nueve recuperados.

Panamá toma la decisión de restringir las salidas por sexo para entrar en una cuarentena absoluta. Las mujeres podrán circular los días lunes, miércoles y viernes, mientras que los hombres podrán hacerlo los días martes, jueves y sábados. Los días domingos, todos los ciudadanos y residentes deberán permanecer en sus hogares. La medida empezará a regir desde el miércoles, 1 de abril.

“Hemos estudiado todo los modelos posibles y todas las alternativas para reducir el número de personas que están al mismo tiempo en la calle, afectando de la menor manera posible la vida de los panameños”, aseguró el ministro de Seguridad, Juan Pino.

En esta fase del combate contra el coronavirus, agregó el titular de Seguridad, necesitamos 15 días de máximo resguardo de la población, para proteger la vida y garantizar que nuestro país avance. La gran cantidad de personas circulando fuera de sus casas, a pesar de la cuarentena nacional obligatoria, ha llevado al Gobierno a tomar medidas más severas para proteger la salud de la población, porque en el fin de semana se retuvieron a 2024 personas de las cuales 120 eran menores de edad .

El mecanismo más sencillo para reducir, como mínimo a la mitad la presencia, fue la de asignar algunos días de circulación para las mujeres y algunos días de circulación para los hombres. Manteniendo el mismo esquema del último número de la cédula, y los horarios.

Todos los adultos mayores de 60 años y personas con discapacidad, sin importar su número de cédula podrán ir a realizar sus compras entre las 11:00 am y la 1:00 pm.

Bajo el mismo formato: si eres mujer circulas los lunes, miércoles y viernes. Si eres hombre martes, jueves y sábado.

Las excepciones del Decreto 507, se mantienen vigentes.

Datos oficiales indican que, luego de 22 días de reportar el primer paciente con COVID-19 en Panamá, los registros suman 1,075 casos.

Al corte de hoy, lunes 30 de marzo, se reportan 1,075 casos positivos acumulados, de los cuales 86 son nuevos. Actualmente, 888 pacientes (82,6%) se encuentran en aislamiento.

Por su parte, unos 109 pacientes (10.14%) se encuentran hospitalizados, de los cuales 43 (4%) se encuentran en Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI). A la fecha, se registran 27 defunciones (2.42%) y 9 recuperados, de los cuales tres han estado en UCI.

Panamá ha sido invitada a formar parte de “Solidarity Try”, una estrategia de investigación diseñada por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), que permitirá acceder a cuatro protocolos de tratamientos, con medicamentos de primera línea para pacientes con COVID-19.

 

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Panama adds 1,075 cases and tightens quarantine to stop COVID-19

At today's cut 1,075 accumulated positive cases are reported, of which 86 are new. About 109 patients are hospitalized. To date, 27 deaths have been recorded

By Ismael Gordón Guerre
Updated 03/30/2020 19:39

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The quarantine has not impeded the considerable traffic of drivers and pedestrians in the capital.Aris Martínez | The Panama Star

The Panamanian Health authorities announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which total 1075 positive cases, 27 deaths and nine recovered.

Panama makes the decision to restrict exits by sex to enter an absolute quarantine. Women can circulate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while men can circulate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, all citizens and residents must remain in their homes. The measure will take effect from Wednesday, April 1.

"We have studied all possible models and all alternatives to reduce the number of people who are at the same time on the street, affecting in the least possible way the lives of Panamanians," said Minister of Security, Juan Pino.

In this phase of the fight against the coronavirus, added the head of Security, we need 15 days of maximum protection of the population, to protect life and ensure that our country advances. The large number of people circulating outside their homes, despite the mandatory national quarantine, has led the Government to take more severe measures to protect the health of the population, because 2,024 people were detained over the weekend, of whom 120 were minors.

The simplest mechanism to reduce presence by at least half was to allocate some days of circulation for women and some days of circulation for men. Maintaining the same scheme of the last number of the ID, and the schedules.

All adults over 60 years old and people with disabilities, regardless of their ID number, will be able to go shopping between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Under the same format: if you are a woman you circulate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are a man Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The exceptions of Decree 507 remain in force.

Official data indicates that, after 22 days of reporting the first patient with COVID-19 in Panama, the records total 1,075 cases.

As of today, Monday, March 30, 1,075 accumulated positive cases are reported, of which 86 are new. Currently, 888 patients (82.6%) are in isolation.

In turn, some 109 patients (10.14%) are hospitalized, of which 43 (4%) are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). To date, 27 deaths are registered (2.42%) and 9 recovered, of which three have been in the ICU.

Panama has been invited to be part of "Solidarity Try", a research strategy designed by the World Health Organization (WHO), which will allow access to four treatment protocols, with first-line drugs for patients with COVID-19.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200330/panama-suma-1-075-casos-endurece-cuarentena-frenar-covid-19

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Cuarentena absoluta; mujeres y hombres se movilizan en días distintos

Panamá entra en cuarentena absoluta a partir de mañana con el fin de frenar el número de casos de personas contagiadas con Covid-19, que asciende a 1,075.
 
Aleida Samaniego C.
31 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/cuarentena-absoluta-mujeres-y-hombres-se-movilizan-en-dias-distintos/

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Programan dos vuelos militares para repatriar a estadounidenses

Tras la declaración de cuarentena total, la embajada de Estados Unidos en Panamá anunció la salida de dos vuelos militares especiales esta semana para ciudadanos y residentes de ese país que quieran regresar 

Por Rekha Chandiramani

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ILUSTRATIVA --Avión 'cazahuracanes' estadounidenseArchivo/La Estrella de Panamá

Los ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes legales de Estados Unidos podrán salir en dos vuelos especiales programados por la sede diplomática de ese país para esta semana en Panamá.

Tras la declaración de cuarentena total en el país centroamericano y la suspensión de todos los vuelos comerciales desde y hacia Panamá, la sede diplomática anunció dos vuelos militares especiales para repatriar a sus ciudadanos y residentes legales que estén en Panamá.

Un primer vuelo partió este domingo informó la Embajada de Estados Unidos en su cuenta oficial de Twitter. El pr´óximo vuelo está programado para el 2 de abril a las 9.05 pm. Saldrá desde Panamá Pacífico rumbo a la base aérea de Englin, en Fort Walton Beach, Florida, mientras que el segundo vuelo saldrá el 4 de abril a las 4:53 pm hacia la base militar Goodfellow, en San Angelo, Texas. 

Una vez los pasajeros lleguen a las bases aéreas, el traslado a su destino final corre por su cuenta.

Los asientos, que serán limitados según el comunicado oficial de la embajada, están restringidos para ciudadanos americanos y sus acompañantes. Todos deben viajar con pasaporte estadounidense válido o permiso I-551 ‘green card’.

La elegibilidad del viajero se basará en orden de llegada y requiere un compromiso financiero por parte del pasajero. El monto lo calculará el Departamento de Estado de EEUU en base al costo de una vía y valorado como un ‘préstamo por repatriación’; monto que "no será negociable".

Se monitoreará la temperatura y el que esté enfermo no podrá viajar, aclara el comunicado oficial. El traslado de mascotas podrá ser autorizado para el vuelo del 2 de abril. El equipaje máximo permitido será de 70 libras (32 kilos).

Un tercer vuelo podría anunciarse para el 9 de abril, dependiendo de la demanda y las circunstancias, informó la embajada del país norteño.

 

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Two Military Flights Scheduled to Repatriate Americans

Following the declaration of total quarantine, the United States Embassy in Panama announced the departure of two special military flights this week for citizens and residents of that country who want to return.

By Rekha Chandiramani
Updated 03/30/2020 12:28

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US citizens and legal residents of the United States will be able to depart on two special flights scheduled by that country's diplomatic headquarters for this week in Panama.

After the declaration of total quarantine in the Central American country and the suspension of all commercial flights to and from Panama, the diplomatic headquarters announced two special military flights to repatriate its citizens and legal residents who are in Panama.

A first flight departed this Sunday reported the United States Embassy on its official Twitter account. The next flight is scheduled for April 2 at 9:05 pm. It will depart from Panama Pacifico bound for Englin Air Force Base, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, while the second flight will depart on April 4 at 4:53 pm to Goodfellow Military Base, in San Angelo, Texas.

Once the passengers arrive at the air bases, the transfer to their final destination is at their own expense.

    Acting Chief of Mission #PhilipLaidlaw today fired a group of US citizens who departed on a military flight. We continue to work with the government of Panama to find options that facilitate the return home of our citizens. pic.twitter.com/jdL8hCcz1X
    - U.S. Embassy Panama (@USEmbPAN) March 30, 2020

The seats, which will be limited according to the official statement of the embassy, are restricted to American citizens and their companions. Everyone must travel with a valid US passport or I-551 'green card' permit.

Traveler's eligibility will be based on a first-come, first-served basis and requires a financial commitment from the passenger. The amount will be calculated by the US State Department based on the cost of a road and valued as a ‘repatriation loan’; amount that "will not be negotiable".

The temperature will be monitored and those who are ill will not be able to travel, the official statement clarifies. The transfer of pets may be authorized for the flight on April 2. The maximum luggage allowed will be 70 pounds (32 kilos).

A third flight could be announced for April 9, depending on demand and circumstances, the embassy in the northern country reported.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200330/programan-dos-vuelos-militares-repatriar-estadounidenses

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Tougher quarantine rules as covid-19 cases pass 1,000

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The $ 6.5 million. Covid-19 Modular Hospital, in Albrook, is48% complete will have a capacity of 100 beds and 26 icu’s

Posted 31/03/2020

Tough new quarantine measures will come into effect across the country as cases of coronavirus climbed to 1,075  with 27 deaths said  The Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino, on Monday, March 30.

As of Wednesday, April 1, an absolute quarantine will take effect in the country, with the aim of reducing the number of people on the streets.

According to Pino, the new measures, so that Panamanians can go out looking for food Will be:

Women can go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;

Men can go out on TuesdaysThursdays and Saturdays

On Sundays nobody leaves home.

The departure times will continue to be those currently stipulated, by following the last digit of the ID or passport number.

People over 60 years old, will be able to continue leaving from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm respecting only the assigned days for men and women

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/tougher-quarantine-rules-as-covid-19-cases-pass-1000

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Over 4,000 quarantine violators detained

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Posted 30/03/2020

4,175 people have been arrested since March 25 for not complying with the  Panama curfew and quarantine restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. which has already killed 24 people and left 36 in critical condition. The provinces with the most violators are Panama with 1,488, Chiriquí with 646 and Panama Oeste with 628.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/over-4000-quarantine-violators-detained

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COMUNICADO No.35 Gobierno Nacional aplica nuevas reglas de movilidad para disminuir contagios por COVID-19

Lunes, 30 de Marzo de 2020

img_20200330_212358.pngLa gran cantidad de personas circulando fuera de sus casas, a pesar de la cuarentena nacional obligatoria, ha llevado al Gobierno Nacional a tomar medidas más severas para proteger la salud de la población. A partir de este miércoles, 1 de abril, el tránsito de personas estará condicionado al sexo que conste en la cédula de identificación personal del ciudadano.

De esta forma, las mujeres podrán circular los días lunes, miércoles y viernes, mientras que los hombres podrán hacerlo los días martes, jueves y sábados. Los días domingos, todos los ciudadanos y residentes deberán permanecer en sus hogares.

Las autoridades de Salud reiteran que ningún país estará totalmente preparado para combatir el virus, si la población no asume la responsabilidad de proteger la salud individual y colectiva de sus habitantes. Todas las acciones que se implementan para evitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus son articuladas con trabajo en equipo y dentro del marco de ética.

Resultado de buenas prácticas

Datos oficiales indican que, luego de 22 días de reportar el primer paciente con COVID-19 en Panamá, los registros suman 1,075 casos, mientras que el conteo internacional registra 777,286 casos y 37,140 defunciones.

Panamá inició la implementación de las medidas de contención el día 9 del inicio del brote, a diferencia de otras naciones, cuyas estrategias iniciaron 30 días después de su positivo confirmado. Esto ha permitido al sistema nacional de salud prepararse para la atención de las personas afectadas por COVID-19.

Ante estas medidas de contención implementadas, Panamá ha sido invitada a formar parte de “Solidarity Try”, una estrategia de investigación diseñada por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), que permitirá acceder a cuatro protocolos de tratamientos, con medicamentos de primera línea para pacientes con COVID-19.

Datos epidemiológicos

Al corte de hoy, lunes 30 de marzo, se reportan 1,075 casos positivos acumulados, de los cuales 86 son nuevos. Actualmente, 888 pacientes (82,6%) se encuentran en aislamiento.

Por su parte, unos 109 pacientes (10.14%) se encuentran hospitalizados, de los cuales 43 (4%) se encuentran en Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI). A la fecha, se registran 26 defunciones (2.42%) y 9 recuperados, de los cuales tres han estado en UCI.

Toda información oficial referente al COVID-19 en Panamá y las acciones del Gobierno Nacional se comunican a través de las cuentas oficiales del MINSA en las principales redes sociales y en su página web (www.minsa.gob.pa y yomeinformopma.or). También está disponible el centro de atención de llamadas 169 y el número de WhatsApp 6997-2539.

 

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COMMUNICATION No.35 National Government applies new mobility rules to reduce infections by COVID-19

Monday, March 30, 2020

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The large number of people moving outside their homes, despite the mandatory national quarantine, has led the National Government to take more severe measures to protect the health of the population. Starting this Wednesday, April 1, the transit of people will be conditional on the sex that appears in the citizen's personal identification card.

In this way, women can circulate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while men can circulate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Sundays, all citizens and residents must remain in their homes.

Health authorities reiterate that no country will be fully prepared to fight the virus, if the population does not assume the responsibility of protecting the individual and collective health of its inhabitants. All the actions that are implemented to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus are articulated with teamwork and within the framework of ethics.

Result of good practices

Official data indicates that, after 22 days of reporting the first patient with COVID-19 in Panama, the records total 1,075 cases, while the international count records 777,286 cases and 37,140 deaths.

Panama began the implementation of the containment measures on the 9th day of the start of the outbreak, unlike other nations, whose strategies began 30 days after their confirmed positive. This has allowed the national health system to prepare for the care of people affected by COVID-19.

Given these implemented containment measures, Panama has been invited to join "Solidarity Try", a research strategy designed by the World Health Organization (WHO), which will allow access to four treatment protocols, with first-line drugs for patients with COVID-19.

Epidemiological data

As of today, Monday, March 30, 1,075 accumulated positive cases are reported, of which 86 are new. Currently, 888 patients (82.6%) are in isolation.

In turn, some 109 patients (10.14%) are hospitalized, of which 43 (4%) are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). To date, there are 26 deaths (2.42%) and 9 recovered, of which three have been in the ICU.

All official information regarding COVID-19 in Panama and the actions of the National Government are communicated through the official MINSA accounts on the main social networks and on its website (www.minsa.gob.pa and yomeinformopma.or). Also available is the 169 call center and the WhatsApp number 6997-2539.

 

http://www.minsa.gob.pa/noticia/comunicado-no35-gobierno-nacional-aplica-nuevas-reglas-de-movilidad-para-disminuir-contagios

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Over 2,000 Panama hotel beds for coronavirus patients

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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.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/over-2000-panama-hotel-beds-for-coronavirus-patients

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Panama scientists develop virus tests reagents

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Posted 30/03/2020

A group of Panamanian scientists from the Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (Indicasat AIP), has produced 2,000 reagents that are used as a culture medium for the viral transport of samples taken for the diagnosis of COVID19, which are carried out in Gorgas Commemorative Institute and other laboratories.

Currently there is a global shortage of the reagent, as the producing countries also need it and are limiting its export ”, said the entity on Monday, March 30.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-scientists-develop-virus-tests-reagents-1

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The brighter side of coronavirus

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Posted 31/03/2020

The pandemic has shown the level of civic awareness of some Panamanians. The health and economic crisis has caused thousands of people to offer their donations and their volunteer work, in favor of others. From various civic groups, private companies or organically, people organize to provide hot food for health personnel, psychological counseling for everyone who needs it, educational assistance for children and adolescents at home, and even collaboration between neighbors to get medicine, or buy groceries. Many Panamanians have made financial contributions to acquire masks and protective equipment for the doctors and nurses who are the first line of combat. Others are collecting funds and dry food for the most needy population and simple strangers are giving their hands to assemble bags of food, while others transport the Minsa staff to their homes. This day is brighter, less painful because of the contribution of all the volunteers who make possible a smile, a thank you and a relief during this time. Thank you all – LA PRENSA, Mar, 31

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/the-brighter-side-of-coronavirus

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OPINION: Chaos will also hurt provocateurs

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Posted 30/03/2020

It is not easy, but it is the only way. We all have a role in preventing the spread of the pandemic. Ours is the easy part -to stay at home-, if we consider the risks of contagion of health personnel and anyone who is necessary for the services that they provide due to their importance for the rest of society: pharmacies, supermarkets, gas stations, etc. In those places, life is risked.

But some still don't listen: we already know the risk of ending up in an intensive care room; the risk that there are no beds in these rooms, but the attitude is of little importance in many cases.

Now to all this the looting attempts are added; to sew chaos; to impose the law of the strongest, when reason forces us to be civilized, to remain calm. We all hope that these are isolated, spontaneous movements, that they do not respond to plans drawn up by the soulless who seek to destabilize the country, its economy and destroy the order that would allow us to get out of this crisis. If there is chaos, we will all lose, even those who try to fish in a troubled river. This is a small country, where everything is known, sooner or later. – LA PRENSA, Mar. 30.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-chaos-will-also-hurt-provocateurs

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Covid-19  kills  Panama doctor who carried virus to Puerto Rico

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Posted 30/03/2020

A Panamanian doctor, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 in Puerto Rico, died after partying at the Sheraton Hotel  and attending  the Salsa Festival  in  the island’s capital San Juan, died   on Saturday, March 28

Pediatric specialist Roberto Peñalba, 59 who had traveled to the island with a group of people made headlines after the Governor of the island, Wanda Vásquez, called a press conference and called on everyone who participated in the festival to remain isolated for 14 days, to prevent the spread of the virus . Peñalba and his party flew back to Panama, but at the time his name was not revealed.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/covid-19-kills-panama-doctor-who-carried-virus-to-puerto-rico

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Health Ministry  tours coronavirus hotel facilities

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Posted 30/03/2020

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, along with her team and other ministers of State, on Monday. March 30 visited the hotels where isolated patients with Covid-19 are under surveillance..

They were there to ensure that that the patients in the facilities have medicines, the required care, food, cleaning supplies, and exclusive security equipment.

Authorities placed patients in hotels to give them personalized treatment, to reduce the risk of them and ending up in an intensive care unit.

Turner said that patients housed in hotels remain stable, and  the hotels must follow 10 rules of strict compliance, contained in the protocol of care for the use of hotels to house patients who know that isolation is mandatory and individual, so the patient must stay in the room without visiting the common areas of the hotel, which means not interacting with others.

In addition, visits are not allowed, patients must wear a mask, must receive without objection the daily visit of the Rapid Response Team (ERR) and must remain in isolation until a doctor determines that is until the person does not represent a risk of spread of the disease.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-ministry-tours-coronavirus-hotel-facilities

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 31, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminder

 

On March 30, the government announced expanded movement restrictions based on gender, effective Wednesday, April 1, at 5:00 a.m. 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.

 

On March 30, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 1,075 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 10:30 am and 1:30 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 3 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. 

 

Assistance:  

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov  
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

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

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Sent: 3/31/2020 2:30:57 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 31, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 31, 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) wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.

 

There are three U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 2, 4, and 5 with a limited number of seats available, and dates and times may change.  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. for 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. for Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, to arrive 8:43 p.m.

·         April 5, departing Panama Pacifico at 11:00 a.m. for Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, VA, to arrive at 6:00 p.m.

 

Requirements, restrictions, and helpful information:

 

·         The flights are restricted to U.S. citizens and LPRs.  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.

 

Assistance:  

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov  
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

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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On 3/29/2020 at 5:33 PM, Moderator_02 said:

 

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El Ministerio Público inspecciona videos de los saqueos del pasado fin de semana

Los videos pertenecen a los propios negocios y a las cámaras de vigilancia de la Policía Nacional.
 
La mayoría de los hechos se registraron la noche del pasado sábado 28 de marzo, cuando grupos de personas violentaron las puertas de comercios para saquear comida, enseres y dinero, a pesar de la cuarentena decretada para evitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus, y que personal del Servicio Nacional de Fronteras, del Servicio Nacional Aeronaval y del Servicio de Protección de Institucional daba apoyo a la policía en el patrullaje de las calles.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-ministerio-publico-inspecciona-videos-de-los-saqueos-del-pasado-fin-de-semana/

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Asamblea aprueba en tercer debate suspensión en el pago de luz, teléfono e internet por COVID-19

El proyecto quedará en manos del presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, quien deberá decidir si lo veta o lo sanciona para convertirlo en ley de la República   

Por Gustavo A. Aparicio O.

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El proyecto de ley 295 solo incluye la suspensión de los pagos hasta por cuatro meses en los servicios de luz eléctrica, telefonía móvil y fija e internet.Archivo| La Estrella de Panamá

El pleno de la Asamblea Nacional aprobó esta tarde de manera unánime del proyecto de ley 295 que establece la suspensión por un periodo de cuatro en el pago de los servicios públicos de luz eléctrica, telefonía fija, móvil e internet; como parte de las medidas para aliviar la situación económica de la población ante la pandemia del coronavirus.

Diputados de las diversas bancadas legislativas, avalaron esta iniciativa impulsada por el diputado del Partido Revolucionario (PRD), Raúl Pineda, no sin antes pedir que se aclararse a la población, que es una suspensión temporal de estos pagos y no la condonación de la deuda que se acumule durante estos meses.

Este proyecto, que ahora deberá ser remitido al Órgano Ejecutivo para convertirse en ley de la República, sería aplicable a todas las personas que se encuentren en algunas de las siguientes circunstancias: Que el ingreso familiar percibido sea menor de $2,000 mensuales, que el ingreso familiar haya sido reducido, que a la persona se le haya suspendido su contrato laboral, que la persona haya sido destituida o no está laborando por la declaración de urgencia nacional, también los jubilados y pensionados.

La suspensión se daría por el término de cuatro meses, a partir del 1 de marzo de 2020, a nivel nacional.

También se beneficiarán todos los ciudadanos que, a partir del 1 de marzo de 2020, han sido afectados con una medida de terminación o suspensión de su relación laboral, inclusive aquellos casos en los que se ha modificado el contrato de trabajo, con reducción de la jornada laboral; los trabajadores por cuenta propia, micro y pequeñas empresas, que hayan sido afectados en sus ingresos; los dueños de restaurantes, bares, casinos, así como de medios transporte de servicio público y privado, que hayan sido afectados en sus ingresos.

Además a cuando una persona natural o jurídica que se dedique a un acto de comercio  le haya sido ordenado el cierre temporal y opte por la suspensión provisional de los efectos del contrato por un máximo de 90 días, el Estado asumirá el pago de un bono solidario a cada trabajador.

La ser sancionada por el Ejecutivo, la ley sería de orden público y de interés social,  y tendrá efectos retroactivos hasta el 1 de marzo de 2020.

La diputada y presidenta de la Comisión de Economía y Finanzas, la perredista Cenobia Vargas, instancia en donde se aprobó en primer debate este proyecto, manifestó que esta iniciativa no significa que el servicio que le van a suministrar estas empresas va a ser gratuito, sino que posteriormente se va a pagar una cuota prorrateada durante un periodo establecido por la empresa por los meses no cobrados al cliente.

“Hay que aclararle al pueblo que después de estos cuatro meses, en el que esperemos hayamos superado esta pandemia, pagaremos un poquito más por mes en cable, internet y luz eléctrica; hasta estabilizar sus pagos”, precisó.

Por su parte la diputada Dalia Bernal, del partido Cambio Democrático (CD), aclaró que este no es un bien que se está regalando. “Esto es como un préstamo sin intereses, que debe ser pagado posteriormente según lo establezca cada empresa”, dijo.

El diputad Pineda acusó a algunos diputados independientes de tener un doble discurso al pedir hace dos semanas la suspensión de las sesiones, pero que ahora cuando el presidente de la Asamblea suspendió las sesiones para desinfectar la Asamblea, decía que estaba dispuesto a amarrarse en la Asamblea para que la reabrieran. 

“No es ni el diputado Juan Diego Vásquez, ni es el diputado Raúl Fernández”... “Nosotros no venimos a esta Asamblea a hacer politiquería”, exclamó Pineda.

Manifestó que con este proyecto 295 se sentó con el Ejecutivo, se sentó con diputados y se sentó con los empresarios que asegura, comprendieron que esa ley es necesariamente urgente en favor de las comunidades.

La también diputada perredista Zulay Rodríguez afirmó que apoya el proyecto de ley 295, pero insistió en que sea discutido y aprobado el proyecto de ley 287 presentado de su autoría y que asegura le da la tranquilidad a la personas en Panamá que en estos momentos están siendo asediadas por los bancos, las cooperativas y las financieras.

“No estamos pidiendo que se perdonen las deudas, sino el aplazamiento del cobro del capital y de los intereses que se les siguen cobrando a los clientes, a pesar de la situación económica que vienen en estos momentos los panameños”, destacó.

 

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

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Assembly approves in third debate suspension in the payment of electricity, telephone and internet by COVID-19

The project will be in the hands of the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, who must decide whether to veto it or sanction it to make it law of the Republic

By Gustavo A. Aparicio O.
Updated 03/31/2020 19:16

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Bill 295 only includes the suspension of payments for up to four months in electricity, mobile and fixed telephony and internet services. File | The Panama Star

This afternoon, the plenary session of the National Assembly unanimously approved bill 295, which establishes the suspension for a period of four in the payment of public services for electric light, landline, mobile and internet; as part of the measures to alleviate the economic situation of the population in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Deputies from the various legislative benches endorsed this initiative promoted by the deputy of the Revolutionary Party (PRD), Raúl Pineda, not without first asking for clarification from the population, which is a temporary suspension of these payments and not the cancellation of the debt that accumulates during these months.

This project, which must now be submitted to the Executive Branch to become law of the Republic, would be applicable to all persons who are in any of the following circumstances: That the family income received is less than $ 2,000 per month, than the family income it has been reduced, that the person has had his employment contract suspended, that the person has been dismissed or is not working due to the declaration of national urgency, also retirees and pensioners.

The suspension would be for a term of four months, starting on March 1, 2020, nationwide.

All citizens who, as of March 1, 2020, have been affected by a measure of termination or suspension of their employment relationship, will also benefit, including those cases in which the employment contract has been modified, with reduction of the workday; self-employed workers, micro and small companies, who have been affected in their income; the owners of restaurants, bars, casinos, as well as public and private transportation, that have been affected in their income.

In addition, when a natural or legal person who engages in a commercial act has been ordered to temporarily close and opts for the provisional suspension of the effects of the contract for a maximum of 90 days, the State will assume the payment of a solidarity bond to each worker.

If enacted by the Executive, the law would be of public order and social interest, and will have retroactive effect until March 1, 2020.

The deputy and president of the Commission of Economy and Finance, the PRD member Cenobia Vargas, instance in which this project was approved in the first debate, stated that this initiative does not mean that the service that these companies are going to provide will be free, but that a prorated fee will subsequently be paid during a period established by the company for the months not charged to the client.

"We must clarify to the people that after these four months, in which we hope we have overcome this pandemic, we will pay a little more per month for cable, internet and electricity; to stabilize their payments, "he said.

For her part, the deputy Dalia Bernal, from the Democratic Change (CD) party, clarified that this is not a good that is being given away. "This is like an interest-free loan, which must be paid later as established by each company," he said.

Deputy Pineda accused some independent deputies of having a double speech when asking two weeks ago for the suspension of the sessions, but that now when the President of the Assembly suspended the sessions to disinfect the Assembly, he said that he was willing to tie himself up in the Assembly to reopen it.

"It is neither the deputy Juan Diego Vásquez, nor is the deputy Raúl Fernández" ... "We did not come to this Assembly to do politicking," exclaimed Pineda.

He stated that with this project 295 sat down with the Executive, sat down with deputies and sat down with the businessmen that he assures, they understood that this law is necessarily urgent in favor of the communities.

The also PRD deputy Zulay Rodríguez affirmed that she supports bill 295, but insisted that bill 287 presented by her authorship be discussed and approved and that she assures that it gives people in Panama peace of mind that at the moment they are being besieged by banks, cooperatives and finance companies.

"We are not asking for debts to be forgiven, but rather the postponement of the collection of capital and of the interests that are still being charged to clients, despite the economic situation that Panamanians are currently facing," he said.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200331/suspension-pago-luz-telefono-e-internet-aprobada-tercer-debate

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