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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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Virus death of doctor brings tears to top Ministry advisor

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Dr Sáez Llorens

Posted 31/03/2020

Dr. Xavier Sáez Llorens, an epidemiologist adviser to the Ministry of Health in the fight against coronavirus in Panama, could not hold back tears when announcing the death of a  senior colleague from the disease on Monday, March 30.

Dr. Luis Felipe Bernett, 73  a neonatologist and pediatrician with a recognized track record, was a mentor to many who now excel in medicine. He died while in intensive care, becoming the third Panama doctor to succumb to the virus.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/virus-death-of-doctor-brings-tears-to-top-ministry-advisor

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Panamá, en cuarentena absoluta por 15 días

El Gobierno tomó la decisión de restringir la circulación de las personas por sexo. Los hombres y mujeres podrán salir de acuerdo con el último número de cédula, pero en días distintos. El Minsa pide no realizar necropsias a los muertos por Covid-19

Por Ismael Gordón Guerrel

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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 suma 1,075 casos positivos, 27 defunciones y 9 recuperados.

El país tomó la decisión de restringir las salidas por sexo y entrará en cuarentena absoluta. Las medidas empezarán a regir desde mañana, miércoles. Las mujeres podrán salir de su casa los lunes, miércoles y viernes.

Los otros días,  martes, jueves y sábado, lo podrán hacer los hombres. Los domingos nadie podrá salir de casa.

“Hemos estudiado todos los modelos posibles y todas las opciones 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, quien detalló que en el fin de semana detuvieron a 2,024 personas por incumplir el toque de queda.

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.

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 realizar sus compras entre las 11:00 a.m. y la 1:00 p.m. 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. El Gobierno de Panamá cerró por 30 días los comercios, para evitar la propagación del Covid-19.

La directora de Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud, Lourdes Moreno, detalló que de los 1,075 pacientes contagiados hay 888 en aislamiento domiciliario, y 152 hospitalizados (109 en sala y 43 en cuidados intensivos).

Se han recuperado 9 pacientes y evolucionan de manera satisfactoria.

Las autoridades de Salud detallaron que a la fecha se han realizado 6,582 pruebas para detectar el Covid-19, de las cuales 5,502 han sido negativas.

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“Hemos estudiado todos los modelos posibles y todas las opciones 
para reducir el número de personas que están al mismo tiempo en la calle”

JUAN PINO
MINISTRO DE SEGURIDAD

Restricción para  ceremonias

Mientras dure el toque de queda ordenado por el Gobierno Nacional, en los servicios funerarios solo se autoriza la asistencia de cinco personas como máximo, dentro del primer grado de consanguinidad o afinidad con el fallecido, siempre que el espacio permita que los asistentes puedan guardar una distancia establecida de más de un metro entre uno y otro. Todos los presentes deberán utilizar mascarillas quirúrgicas.

Lo anterior es parte de las guías para el manejo de cadáveres con sospecha o confirmación de Covid-19 en las instalaciones de salud y centros de velación y funerarias.

La preparación del cadáver debe realizarse en el área del fallecimiento del paciente. El personal que interviene en esta preparación debe utilizar el equipo de protección personal para atención de pacientes con Covid-19, que incluye bata desechable, guantes, mascarilla y protección ocular.

“No realizar autopsias ni necropsias a los cadáveres de personas fallecidas confirmadas por Covid-19, debido a la posibilidad de generación de aerosoles”, según señalan las autoridades de Salud de Panamá.

El transporte, la cremación o inhumación, según sea el caso, se efectuará en el menor tiempo posible, con el fin de prevenir la exposición de los trabajadores y comunidad general al virus, agregan las autoridades.

 

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

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Panama, in absolute quarantine for 15 days
The Government made the decision to restrict the movement of people by sex. Men and women will be able to leave according to the last ID number, but on different days. The Minsa asks not to perform autopsy on the dead by Covid-19
The quarantine has not prevented the considerable traffic of drivers and pedestrians in the capital

By Ismael Gordón Guerrel
Updated 03/31/2020 00:00

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The quarantine has not impeded the considerable traffic of drivers and pedestrians in the capital Aris Martínez La Estrella de Panamá

The Panamanian Health authorities announced new measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which totals 1,075 positive cases, 27 deaths and 9 recovered.

The country made the decision to restrict exits by sex and will enter an absolute quarantine. The measures will take effect from tomorrow, Wednesday. Women will be able to leave their house on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The other days, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, men can do it. On Sundays nobody will be able to leave home.

"We have studied all possible models and all options 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, who detailed that 2,024 people were arrested over the weekend for failing to comply with the curfew.

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 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 shop between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 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. The Government of Panama closed the shops for 30 days, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, Lourdes Moreno, explained that of the 1,075 infected patients there are 888 in home isolation, and 152 hospitalized (109 in the ward and 43 in intensive care).

9 patients have recovered and are progressing satisfactorily.

Health authorities detailed that to date 6,582 tests have been carried out to detect Covid-19, of which 5,502 have been negative.

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"We have studied all possible models and all options
to reduce the number of people who are at the same time on the street ”
JUAN PINO
SECURITY MINISTER

Ceremony restriction

While the curfew ordered by the National Government lasts, only five people are authorized to attend the funeral services, within the first degree of consanguinity or affinity with the deceased, provided that space allows attendees to keep a established distance of more than one meter between each other. All those present must wear surgical masks.

The above is part of the guidelines for the management of corpses with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 in health facilities and wake and funeral centers.

The corpse should be prepared in the area of the patient's death. Personnel involved in this preparation should use the personal protective equipment for patient care with Covid-19, which includes a disposable gown, gloves, mask and eye protection.

"Do not perform autopsies or necropsies on the corpses of deceased persons confirmed by Covid-19, due to the possibility of aerosol generation," according to the Panamanian Health authorities.

Transport, cremation or burial, as the case may be, will be carried out in the shortest possible time, in order to prevent exposure of the workers and the general community to the virus, the authorities added.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200331/panama-cuarentena-absoluta-15-dias

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More lives at risk on cruise ship  after leaving Panama

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Transfer operations between the two ships in the Bay of Panama.

Posted 31/03/2020

More lives are at risk on the  Holland America Line cruise ships and Zaandam which transited the Panama Canal with two pilots as a humanitarian gesture from Panama authorities on Monday, March 30.

The two ships 1,243 passengers and 1,247 crew carry four deceased passengers and dozens of patients with apparent coronavirus, warned Tuesday that more people could die if they are not authorized to dock in the US state of Florida.

"Four passengers have already died and I fear more lives are at risk," Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America, wrote in an open letter to Florida newspaper Sun-Sentinel.

"As of March 30, 76 Zaandam passengers and 117 crew members had flu-like illnesses, including eight that tested positive for Covid-19," he added.

The Zaandam which had been refused entry to ports on the Pacific Coast before anchoring in the Bay of Panama,  and the  Rotterdam, which was deployed from San Diego to deliver supplies to the beleaguered vessel and separate passengers between the two ships, two ships, had hopes of docking Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, 50 km north of Miami.

But Fort Lauderdale authorities reject the idea, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Monday he did not want contaminated people on ships to be " dumped " in this southeastern state and instead offered to send medical personnel.

His main argument is that Miami and Broward counties, have  60% of the state's more than 5,000 cases of coronavirus and need hospital teams to care for their residents.

The state cannot allow "non-Florida people to be dumped here in South Florida to use our precious resources," DeSantis said.

Port authorities wrote Tuesday that they are working with Holland America to design an action plan.

"The ship will not be able to enter US waters until the plan is delivered and approved. Our priority is to ensure the safety of the local community, passengers and crew, " Port Everglades reported in a statement.

Zaandam had planned to finish its route in Fort Lauderdale on April 7, but now it and Rotterdam are sailing through the Caribbean without a safe

"We are dealing with a 'it's not my problem' syndrome. The international community, consistently generous and helpful in the face of human suffering, closed Zaandam and left it to its own devices, "Ashford wrote.

Zaandam set sail from Buenos Aires on March 7 with about 1,800 people of multiple nationalities including  US   French and 250 Canadians destined for San Antonio, on the central coast of Chile.

Since then it has sailed like the legendary Flying Dutchman seeking a port.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/more-lives-at-risk-on-cruise-ship-after-leaving-panama

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Bancos anuncian nuevos horarios de atención a partir del 1 de abril

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Centro Bancario de Panamá. Foto Ilustrativa

Luego que el Gobierno Nacional anunciará el inicio de la cuarentena absoluta desde el 1 de abril, los bancos que forman parte de la Asociación Bancaria de Panamá (ABP), revelaron sus nuevos horarios a partir de esta fecha.

De acuerdo a un comunicado de la ABP, desde el miércoles 1 de abril, estos serán sus horarios:

  • Lunes, martes y miércoles De 1:00 p.m. a 6:30 p.m.
  • Jueves, viernes y sábado: De 7:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

Reiteramos la invitación a que, al momento de realizar sus transacciones o consultas bancarias, siga tomando ventaja de las bondades y practicidad de los canales digitales, banca en línea, cajeros automáticos y centros de atención telefónica de cada una de nuestras instituciones”, destaca la comunicación oficial.

Con la medida de cuarentena absoluta que anunció el ministro de Seguridad, Juan Pino en la habitual conferencia del lunes 30 de marzo, las mujeres podrán salir a hacer sus diligencias a supermercados y farmacias los días, lunes, miércoles y viernes; mientras que los hombres lo harán los martes, jueves y sábados.

Los domingos todos los panameños deben permanecer en sus residencias.

La cuarentena absoluta es una medida de las autoridades de salud con el objetivo de contener la propagación del COVID-19 en Panamá, que hasta el lunes 30 de marzo ha provocado la muerte de 27 personas y reportado 1,075 casos a nivel nacional.

 

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Banks announce new business hours from April 1

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Panama Banking Center. Illustrative photo

After the National Government announced the beginning of the absolute quarantine from April 1, the banks that are part of the Banking Association of Panama (ABP), revealed their new hours from this date.

According to an ABP statement, from Wednesday April 1, these will be their hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday From 1:00 p.m. at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: From 7:30 a.m. at 1:00 p.m.

"We reiterate the invitation to continue taking advantage of the benefits and practicality of digital channels, online banking, ATMs and call centers of each of our institutions when making your bank transactions or inquiries," he highlights. official communication.

With the absolute quarantine measure announced by the Minister of Security, Juan Pino at the usual conference on Monday, March 30, women will be able to go out to do their errands at supermarkets and pharmacies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; while men will do it on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

On Sundays all Panamanians must remain in their residences.

The absolute quarantine is a measure of the health authorities with the aim of containing the spread of COVID-19 in Panama, which until Monday, March 30, has caused the death of 27 people and reported 1,075 cases nationwide.

 

https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/Bancos-anuncian-nuevos-horarios-atencion_0_5545695442.html

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Trade Fairs Cancelled in Panama

The Auto Show, which generated direct sales of about $90 million, and Expovivienda, which generated business of about $150 million, were cancelled due to the spread of covid-19.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Following the spread of covid-19, the country is going through a health crisis, a situation that has forced the authorities to prohibit the holding of massive events.

Panamaamerica.com.pa reviews that at the Auto Show, which was scheduled for March 13, vehicle distributors presented the "... latest models of their brands and intended to generate direct sales of $90 million or more than 5,200 new vehicles."

See "Automotive Sector: How Will the Covid-19 impact?"

In this context, according to CentralAmericaData reports, it is predicted that in Central America automotive retail sales will be significantly affected by the covid-19 crisis, which would be partly explained by the drop in tire sales.

You may be interested in "Construction and Impact of the Covid19"

The article adds that "... The fair with the greatest economic impact is Expovivienda, which was supposed to take place from April 16th to 19th and projected to generate sales of 150 million dollars in new apartments and houses this year", was cancelled.

Covid-19: How are the outlook for companies in Central America changing?

We prepared for our clients the report "Information System: Impact Analysis of Covid-19 on Business" that answers these and other questions in times of uncertainty.

Click here to request access to this report.

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Trade_Fairs_Cancelled_in_Panama

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A gentle reminder:

When you get home from the grocery store/pharmacy, unpack your items outside the house.  Wipe them down with a disinfectant -- unwrap and thoroughly wash produce in the sink.  Then either wash your grocery bags in the machine, or at the least, spray them inside and out with a disinfectant and let them dry in the sun.

Or set up a "dirty zone"/"clean zone" on the counter. Unpack in the "dirty zone", wipe things down, and transfer them to the "clean zone".  Have the sink full of water ready to receive any produce.

After unpacking, cleaning and putting things away, wipe down your "clean" and (especially) "dirty" zones with disinfectant.

Is this complicated and time-consuming?  Sure!  But it's still a good idea...

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On 3/28/2020 at 12:24 PM, Bajareque said:

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YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 ...great helps.  IF we all can consider THE OUTSIDE ( and all things in it living  inanimate) as DIRTY  and the inside of things ( house, car, lungs) as CLEAN

Never the twain should meet. ie:   IF you touch something with virus with your gloves...they are DIRTY.  Don't put that hand (gloved) on you face or mask or inside your car or purse....discard by carefully taking them off and place in a bag that contains dirty things ( plastic bag in your trunk)  Then wash your hands.

Alison,RN (like Brandy)  

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6 hours ago, Moderator_02 said:

death of a  senior colleague

Tragic.  The sad thing is this is a doctor who thoroughly understood how to prevent disease,and protect from getting infected.  Even fully knowing, (and as well trying hard to do what he knew was correct.) ..this well respected doctor died.  

The message to me personally is one of concern.  The public are expected to practice "as if" they were seasoned docs and nurses with regard to self protection and propagation of disease. 

There is a learning curve...it takes a desire to learn and then to  put that into absolute practice every day.  There must be mindfulness that what lurks here can kill somebody.  Its unseen.  It sure would be nice if they would let us KNOW where they are those viruses ( like painting all the cabs yellow...at least we can see them to get out of the way !)  

Be mindful....every time you leave the house.  Every single correct thing you do with mind-fullness develops habits we will be living by for some time. 

DON"T TOUCH YOUR FACE

WASH YOUR HANDS

Alison, RN

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1 hour ago, Brundageba said:

It sure would be nice if they would let us KNOW where they are those viruses (

Today 4/1/20 Robert Davey, Virologist ,Boston University  announced a HUGE breakthrough !  Just last week a mode of actually visualizing this virus by a "form of dye/revelation " of some sort has happened !.  Now this COVID-19 can be seen on culture and the program of finding a drug that stops virus growth is in place.  The plan is not a vaccine but a medication..( Like an antibiotic only an anti virus pill.)  That's my take on his explanation I saw on the news today.  Interview with the virologist gentleman. Humm interesting.  Like painting the cabs yellow...now we can see them !  Might be a good thing !!!!.                             Alison

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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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To:
Sent: 4/1/2020 3:59:31 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 1, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 1, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Military Repatriation Flights

 

The Embassy is working on two 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 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 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.

 

The Embassy is not aware of any additional flights currently.  

 

Due to the proximity of the departure dates, it is imperative you contact PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov immediately and by 5:00 p.m. today, April 1, to register for these remaining planned flights. 

 

We will continue researching additional military and civilian commercial options.

 

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.

·         You may bring limited liquids and snacks.

 

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: 4/1/2020 3:54:30 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 1, 2020)
 

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 1, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminder

 

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.  Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows: 

 

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
  • Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday 
  • Sunday:  Everyone must stay home 
  • Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos)

 

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.

 

On March 31, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 1,181 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.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  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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Quarantine - a mattterr of life and death

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Posted 01/04/2020

This is not a game. Nor is it a situation to be taken folklorically or as part of the Panamanian anecdote. It is a real threat to everyone's health. It has been said in thousands of ways that people should avoid crowds and unnecessary exits. A curfew, a peak and schedule measure and even a generalized quarantine have been established, but it has not been sufficient. Today the exit restriction begins according to the sex of each person. Excuses are over. Every Panamanian who fails to comply with sanitary regulations is becoming a threat. The State and local governments have already begun to distribute solidarity bonds and food bags. The vast majority of banks have already adopted a moratorium and a law was passed that suspends payments for public services for three months. That is to say, there is no reason to uselessly leave our homes. The first thing is always life, both your own and that of fellow citizens. We will not overcome this pandemic with the old habits of always or with the live game. The virus cannot be fooled. Our lives are in danger, it is not a game. - LA PRENSA, Apl. 1

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/quarantine-a-mattterr-of-life-and-death

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Panama  prepares  "the day after" plan for economy

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Posted 01/04/2020

Panama has prepared an action plan to reactivate the economy "the day after" the pandemic while guaranteeing a   safety net for unpaid service bills said president Laurentino Cortizo in an address to the nation on Tuesday, March 31.  

Speaking from the Atlapa convention center, the collection point for the Panama Solidarity plan, to support low-income citizens with food bags and vouchers he reported that 106 measures to manage the economy are already on the list and 27 of them are decisions already taken.

He mentioned the moratorium that banks will give in personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, announced by a group of banks earlier in the day.

The president also announced that next week he will give information on the contribution that officials who earn salaries above $1,000 will make to the Panama Solidarity plan.

Cortizo also said that there will be no water, electricity, internet or telephone cuts for unpaid bills.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama-prepares-the-day-after-plan-for-economy

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1,181 coronavirus cases, 30 deaths

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Posted 01/04/2020

With 106 new confirmed cases,  the number of people with coronavirus in Panama climbed to  1,181  on Tuesday, March 31.

 Lourdes Moreno, Director of Epidemiology of the Health Ministry (Minsa) , said that 30 Panamanian citizens have died. 969 are in home isolation, 123 are hospitalized in wards and 50 are in intensive care. Nine people have recovered. Moreno said that the highest number of cases is found among the people between 20 and 59 years of age, with a total of 915 cases. While deaths have occurred, mostly in people over 60 years.  6,944 tests have been made, of which 83% are negative.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/1181-coronavirus-cases-30-deaths

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Virus fight restricts taxis to three-day week

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Posted 01/04/2020

Starting on Friday, April 3  the fight against coronavirus   will  ensure scores of taxis will disappear  from Panama  streets as the Transport  Authority  (ATTT) regulates their work days based on the last digit of  the vehicle’s license plate number

Taxis with license plates ending in even numbers may circulate on Monday, Wednesday  and Friday, from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm

For odd plate taxis, the circulation days will be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

There will be no taxis on Sundays.

Taxis that are providing services to medical and emergency personnel and that are duly authorized by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) are exempted from the measure

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/virus-fight-restricts-taxis-to-three-day-week

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Empiezan a faltar camas en salas de cuidados intensivos

Hay 198 personas hospitalizadas, de las cuales, 63 están en cuidados intensivos. En el Complejo -con 45 camas- ya se llegó a la máxima capacidad. La alta demanda de insumos, otro desafío.
 
 Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo  /  Urania Cecilia Molina 
02 abr 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/empiezan-a-faltar-camas-en-salas-de-cuidados-intensivos/

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Uber suspende operaciones en Panamá por Covid-19 hasta nuevo aviso

El transporte de pasajeros no estará disponible, pero se mantiene operativo el servicio a domicilio de Uber Eats
Redacción de La Prensa
01 abr 2020 - 09:36 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/uber-suspende-operaciones-en-panama-por-covid-19-hasta-nuevo-aviso/

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El Covid-19 llegó a Panamá desde ocho lugares, revela estudio del Gorgas

Brote del Colegio Beckmann se dio por contacto con persona procedente de España.
 
Flor Cogley L. 
01 abr 2020 - 07:24 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/el-covid-19-llego-a-panama-desde-ocho-lugares-juan-pascale/

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Se elevan a 32 los decesos por coronavirus en Panamá y a 1,317 los casos

 Flor Cogley L. 
01 abr 2020 - 06:27 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/se-elevan-a-32-los-decesos-por-coronavirus-en-panama-y-a-1317-los-casos/

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Ordenan cierre temporal de comercios en todo el país

Los comercios que podrán ofrecer sus servicios son los dedicados a la cadena de producción, distribución de alimentos, transporte y seguridad

Por María Alejandra Carrasquilla Reina

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El gobierno nacional ordenó a partir de las 11:59 pm de este viernes el cierre temporal de establecimientos comerciales y empresas de personas naturales o jurídicas en todo el país durante 30 días. 

 Los comercios que se exceptúan son todos los relacionados a la producción, distribución comercialización y venta de alimentos, medicamentos y equipos de seguridad.  

Otras empresas que podrán seguir abiertas son los dedicados al transporte marítimo, terrestre y aéreo, logística y el Canal de Panamá, señala el artículo 1 del Decreto Ejecutivo N° 500 del 19 de marzo de 2020. 

La medida se hizo para erradicar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus (Covid-19), que ha cobrado la vida de una persona y 137 personas contagiadas en el país.

 

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

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They order temporary closure of businesses across the country

The businesses that will be able to offer their services are those dedicated to the production chain, food distribution, transportation and security.

By María Alejandra Carrasquilla Reina
Updated 03/20/2020 12:27

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Transit of people in La Peatonal, in the center of the capital. Archive | The Panama Star

The national government ordered from 11:59 pm this Friday the temporary closure of commercial establishments and companies of natural or legal persons throughout the country for 30 days.

 The businesses that are excepted are all those related to the production, distribution, marketing and sale of food, medicine and safety equipment.

Other companies that may remain open are those dedicated to maritime, land and air transportation, logistics and the Panama Canal, according to article 1 of Executive Decree No. 500 of March 19, 2020.

The measure was made to eradicate the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19), which has claimed the lives of one person and 137 people infected in the country.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200320/ordenan-cierre-temporal-comercios-pais

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Panamanian Banks Give Extensions to Clients

In response to the country's health crisis, 15 banks have granted a 90-day extension for their customers to make their personal credit card, home mortgage, vehicle and personal loans.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Until March 31st, the financial institutions that confirmed that had granted the extension to their clients are BAC Credomatic, Banco General, Banistmo, Banco Nacional, Global Bank, Multibank, St. Georges Bank, Banesco, Banco Aliado, Credicorp Bank, Caja de Ahorros, Ficohsa, Metro Bank, UniBank and Canal Bank.

See "Covid-19: Outlook for the Financial Sector"

A statement from the Panama Banking Association (ABP) explains that the "... initiative applies for April, May and June 2020, and does not require you to contact your bank. With this measure, our clients will have an automatic extension of their payments, without any surcharge or affectation to their credit references."

The document adds that the banks appeal "... to the responsibility and solidarity of each client, and if possible to make regular payments of their obligations. Payments received by direct discount or by voluntary payment will be applied to their respective loans."

According to CentralAmericaData reports, the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the financial sector in Central America is expected to be felt mainly in services related to stock brokerage and investment advice, where a decline is expected.

Covid-19: How do the outlook for the banking sector in Panama change?

We prepared for our clients the report "Information System: Covid-19 and Business Outlook" which helps companies to measure the impact that the crisis will have on their activity in the coming months.

Click here to request access to this report.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panamanian_Banks_Give_Extensions_to_Clients

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Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 2, 2020)
 

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 2, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminder

 

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.  Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows: 

 

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
  • Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday 
  • Sunday:  Everyone must stay home 
  • Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos)

 

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.

 

On April 1, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 1,317 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.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  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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