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Virus llega a todo el interior, donde hay falta de personal

El Covid-19 ya está en la comarca Ngäbe Buglé, última región del país en la que no se habían reportado casos. Mientras, en provincias como Veraguas y Chiriquí, el número de casos se eleva.
 
Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo 
04 abr 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/virus-llega-a-todo-el-interior-donde-hay-falta-de-personal/

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Panamá suma 41 defunciones y 1,673 casos positivos por COVID-19

El Gobierno recomendó el uso de las mascarillas, luego de 25 días desde que se registró el primer caso de COVID-19 y empezará su distribución

Por Ismael Gordón Guerrel

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Cuatro fallecidos y 198 casos nuevos de COVID-19 reportó Panamá en las 24 horas. Ya suma 1,673 casos positivos y 41 muertos. Las autoridades de Salud de Panamá informaron este viernes 3 de abril que un total de 1,406 pacientes están en aislamiento domiciliario y 141 en sala, mientras que 72 se encuentran en cuidados intensivos.

Las autoridades detallaron que de las 13 personas recuperadas (tres de ellos registrados este viernes), hay ocho mujeres y cinco hombres.

En Panamá se han realizado 8,694 pruebas, de las cuales 7,021 son negativas y el 19.2% positivas.

El Gobierno de Panamá recomendó el uso de las mascarillas, luego de 25 días de que se registrara el primer caso de COVID-19 y anunció que empezará su distribución.

También dará flexibilidad a padres de niños con asperger u otra condición de autismo para que puedan dar paseos de unos 30 minutos y no perjudicarlos con el límite de circulación.

Lourdes Moreno, jefa de epidemiología del Minsa, señaló que el mayor número de casos se encuentra entre el rango de personas de 20 a 59 años; mientras que la mayor cantidad de defunciones está en los mayores de 60 años, que representa el 68% del total de víctimas fatales.

El 83% de los fallecidos han tenido morbilidad o padecimientos previos, y el 17% no presentaron otros problemas de salud.

Las autoridades de Salud detallaron que las las regiones más afectadas siguen siendo Panamá Metro (749), Panamá Oeste (355), San Miguelito (185) y Panamá Norte (140).

Hasta las horas del mediodía de este viernes, unas 20 muestras de hisopado por sospechas de COVID-19 fueron tomadas en los estacionamientos del centro de convenciones de Amador a personas que obtuvieron una cita a través de la línea 169 o por el programa R.O.S.A.

El coordinador de Operaciones del Ministerio de Salud, Rolando Luque, detalló que este laboratorio móvil tiene la capacidad para tomar de 160 a 200 muestras, lo que dependerá de la demanda de llamadas a la línea 169.

En cuanto a la factibilidad, Luque especificó que "las personas van a ir cómodamente en su vehículo, se le harán unas preguntas previas al llegar al sitio, se ingresa al formato digital y entonces se procede a la toma de muestra que no demora más de tres minutos".

 

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Panama adds 41 deaths and 1,673 positive cases due to COVID-19

The Government recommended the use of the masks, after 25 days since the first case of COVID-19 was registered and its distribution will begin

By Ismael Gordón Guerrel
Updated 04/03/2020 18:56

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Four deaths and 198 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Panama within 24 hours. It already has 1,673 positive cases and 41 deaths. The Panamanian Health authorities reported this Friday, April 3, that a total of 1,406 patients are in home isolation and 141 in the ward, while 72 are in intensive care.

Authorities detailed that of the 13 people recovered (three of them registered this Friday), there are eight women and five men.

In Panama 8,694 tests have been carried out, of which 7,021 are negative and 19.2% positive.

The Government of Panama recommended the use of the masks, after 25 days after the first case of COVID-19 was registered and announced that its distribution will begin.

It will also give parents of children with aspergers or other autism conditions flexibility so that they can take walks of about 30 minutes and not harm them with the circulation limit.

Lourdes Moreno, head of epidemiology at the Minsa, pointed out that the highest number of cases is found among the range of people between 20 and 59 years old; while the highest number of deaths is in those over 60, which represents 68% of the total number of fatalities.

83% of the deceased have had morbidity or previous illnesses, and 17% had no other health problems.

The Health authorities detailed that the most affected regions continue to be Panamá Metro (749), Panamá Oeste (355), San Miguelito (185) and Panamá Norte (140).

As of midday this Friday, some 20 swab samples for suspected COVID-19 were taken in the parking lots of the Amador convention center from people who obtained an appointment through line 169 or through the R.O.S.A.program.

The coordinator of Operations of the Ministry of Health, Rolando Luque, explained that this mobile laboratory has the capacity to take from 160 to 200 samples, which will depend on the demand for calls to line 169.

Regarding feasibility, Luque specified that "people are going to go comfortably in their vehicle, they will be asked a few questions prior to arriving at the site, they enter the digital format and then proceed to the sampling that does not take more than three minutes".

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200403/panama-suma-41-defunciones-1-673-casos-positivos-covid-19

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

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Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 4, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 4, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders

 

On April 3, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 1,673 cases of COVID-19.

 

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 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 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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Lockdown flouted as virus infects 1,673, kills 71

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Posted 04/04/2020

Panama’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic climbed to 41 on Friday. April  3 with  72  people on life support in hospital intensive care units as the number of confirmed cases surged to 1,673 and projected to pass 2,000  by Easter weekend, which President Trump predicted would be celebrated with packed churches.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people continued to ignore measures to protect lives as they flouted lockdown rules with  536 people arrested in the last 24 hours.

130 people were caught violating the quarantine in Panamá Oeste, 104 in Panamá Metro and 100 in San Miguelito. The three regions with the highest cases of patients with COVID-19.

In these three regions alone, there are 1,269 cases out of the 1,673 confirmed throughout the country.

The Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino, said that the indiscipline continues and not only puts their own lives at risk but others even their own families.

“There is a global pandemic, the virus is contagious and can be deadly. We need the collaboration and solidarity of all; This Sunday we have a goal: the national stay at home, day “ he said during Friday’s press conference.

83% of deaths had a risk factor such as age, cardiovascular or lung problems.

While 203 citizens are hospitalized, 141 are in wards and another 72 are fighting for their lives in intensive care.

But not everything is bad news, because Lourdes Moreno, the head of epidemiology at MINSA, announced that 13 patients had defeated the virus.

Health Minister  Rosario Turner, again recommended the use of masks and continued compliance with the Stay at home program.

He also mentioned that some 295 people are being observed in hotels in the country.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/lockdown-flouted-as-virus-infects-1673-kills-71-1

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Probe into abuse of aid for poor program

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VOLUNTEERS deliver Solisarity Panama food packages

Posted 04/04/2020

Public Ministry officials have opened an investigation into the alleged irregular use of “Panama Solidarity”  food vouchers intended for use by the country’s most disadvantaged.

According to a  Ministry Twitter account, the investigation began after the circulation on social networks of a video where a man is seen shopping in a Colon supermarket.

The case will be handled by the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office.

The vouchers were created along with bags of food for Panamanians with limited economic resources who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

According to the authorities, each person will receive $80 in bonds to be used in the purchase of food and medicine.

In the video, a purchase was allegedly made in a store for an amount greater than $80.

Earlier in the week President Cortizo warned that anyone employee found abusing the program would be fired and prosecuted.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/probe-into-abuse-of-aid-for-poor-program

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OPINION: Retribution for theft from the most  needy

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Posted 04/04/2020

The Panama Solidarity Plan is one of the pillars of the State's response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This health threat has exposed the weaknesses of the social protection network that the country should have to attend to the most vulnerable.

The legacy of past governments, which were unable to carry out a complete Population and Housing Census, and the lack of updated maps and social diagnoses, forces the distribution of welfare vouchers and food bags, using representatives of the corregimiento and other local authority representatives as distributors..

Unfortunately, the urgency of the need makes the economic response urgent and, therefore, it is not possible to design an impeccable distribution system. The warning of the President, that whoever takes advantage of these assets, or it distributes them inadequately, will be dismissed and sent to the Public Ministry, is an important reminder that even in times of crisis, citizens must be vigilant of the forms and uses of public spending. Lack of virtue in public life must be punished without contemplation – LA PRENSA, Apr.4

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-retribution-for-theft-from-the-most-needy

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Taxis and people ignore lockdown decrees

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Posted 04/04/2020

A total of 707 people and  164 taxi drivers who thumbed their noses at decrees aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The most  arrests s  were in   Chiriquí with 185 adults and 3 minors arrested  and the district of San Miguelito with 113 adults and 5 minors,  followed by the

The owners of 164 taxis were penalized for not complying with the circulation schedule which limits each vehicle to being on the road for limited hours on three days.

On Sunday. April 5 there will be a total lockdown for taxis and people.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/taxis-and-people-ignore-lockdown-decrees

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Anti -virus Tire cleaning unit at entrance to Los Santos

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Posted 04/04/2020

A tire cleaning and disinfection tub with sprinklers using water  and chlorine was activated near the two bridges over the La Villa river, at the entrance to the main highway in the province of Los Santos. on Saturday. April 4

The tub, is one of the sanitary measures to prevent the coronavirus from continuing to spread in the province where thee cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/anti-virus-tire-cleaning-unit-at-entrance-to-los-santos-1

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Panama COVID-19   cases approach 2,000 with 41 deaths

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Posted 04/04/2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19  in Panama reached  1,801  on Saturday, April 4 with 46 deaths.

There were, 128 are new cases, and if the upward trend continues the 2,000  cases predicted by Good Friday will be surpassed

There have been13 recoveries.

There are 1,513 cases In home isolation of which 298 are in hotels.

10 transfers have been made from hotels to hospitals. Meanwhile, there are 229 patients hospitalized, of which 164 are in wards and  75 are in intensive care.

9,256 tests have been carried out, of these 80.!%, 7,416 have been negative.

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Dr. Javier Nieto, advisor to the Ministry of Health, reported that an investigation that shows that 25% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.

Faced with this scenario, he reiterated that there is a scientific justification for the use of the mask. Priority number 1 is that person who has respiratory symptoms or for those who are caring for one, the second priority is the health worker.

If you are a person who has to go to the supermarket, who has to travel  by public transport and cannot guarantee a distance of more than 1.5 meters, it is preferable to use the mask.

He said  that if the mask is being used, we cannot be touching our faces or touching the mask, and proper use must be accompanied by frequent  hand

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-covid-19-cases-approach-2000-with-41-deaths-1

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Agricultural products will  head to markets during Sunday lovkdown

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Posted 04/04/2020

Panama’s agricultural producers will be able to move their products to collection centers, and supply markets such as Merca Panamá and public markets in the provinces, slaughterhouses and agribusiness chains on Sundays when there is a total freeze of citizen movement.

The announcement comes from  the  Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), which will issue safe conduct passes

According to the institution, once they comply with the delivery of food in the different areas of the country, producers and transporters will be able to return to their homes without any problem

From Sunday,  March 5 traffic is prohibited throughout the country, except for those like health and essential service workers who carry endorsements from their companies or entities.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/agricultural-products-will-head-to-markets-during-sunday-lovkdown

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As of late Saturday, April 4th, 2020 - 1,801 infected, 46 deaths, 13 recoveries, and 9,256 Covid-19 tests administered (1,801 positives; 7,455 negatives):

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Moderator comment: One section of this interactive graphic (see the red pointer in the above screenshot) lists "Casos confirmados por Corregimiento". I cannot find Boquete anywhere in that listing. I'm obviously doing something wrong.

To access the interactive graphic (what is displayed here is a static screenshot) on the Minsa website, click on the link at the bottom of this posting.

 

https://geosocial.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/2c6e932c690d467b85375af52b614472

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Golpe a la construcción, el comercio y el turismo; casos suben a 1,801

Moody’s Local advierte de una afectación ‘importante’ en la tasa de crecimiento. El impacto real variará para cada sector de la economía.
 Roberto González Jiménez - Aleida Samaniego C. 
05 abr 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/golpe-a-la-construccion-el-comercio-y-el-turismo-casos-suben-a-1-801/

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El Gorgas logra descifrar el ADN del virus enemigo

Científicos del Icges buscan información en el material genético del virus SARS-CoV-2. Ya se han descifrado 41 genomas completos del nuevo coronavirus, para conocer detalles de su composición.
 
 Aleida Samaniego C. 
05 abr 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-gorgas-logra-descifrar-el-adn-del-virus-enemigo/

 

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COVID-19: esfuerzos pordrían 'aplanar' la curva de contagios

El director de la Caja de Seguro Social remarcó que solo acogiendo la medida de distanciamiento social, podrá evitarse un ascenso abrupto en el pico de contagios por coronavirus

Por Yandira Núñez

 
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El nuevo coronavirus y la rapidez con la que la logrado expandirse el brote, ha puesto en jaque la fuerza de los sistemas sanitarios de Panamá y el mundo. Aris Martínez | La Estrella de Panamá.
 

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Panamá confirmó el primer caso de coronavirus el pasado 10 de marzo.Daniel González | La Estrella de Panamá.

Tras ofrecer el último reporte en torno a las cifras de pacientes positivos por el nuevo coronavirus en Panamá, este sábado, las autoridades de Salud indicaron que todos los esfuerzos están encaminados a reducir el pico en la curva de contagios.

Enrique Lau Cortés, director de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), remarcó que solo al acoger las medidas de distanciamiento social se evitará el ascenso abrupto del pico de contagios, además, recordó que el sistema de hospitales de la entidad cuenta con 2,800 camas de las cuales el 65% se encuentra en uso por pacientes con diferentes patologías.

“Si no hacemos lo que tenemos que hacer, podríamos llegar a tener 9,133 casos y no habría forma de satisfacer esa demanda. Si hacemos las cosas correctamente y aplanamos la curva, de manera de que en lugar de que sea un pico súbito, se plane y la velocidad de transmisión de la infección no sea tan rápida, el sistema sanitario panameño tendrá tiempo de atender a los pacientes en la medida en que se vayan presentando”, enfatizó Lau.

Explicó que de no haber ejecutado acciones estratégicas previas, “hoy tendríamos 2,500 personas más enfermas, y de esas tendríamos más en cuidados intensivos; también tendríamos más muertos. Sin embargo, no es suficiente, tenemos que fortalecer el distanciamiento social y hacer que todos nos quedemos en casa”, dijo.

“Si hacemos todas estas cosas juntas, lograremos que la capacidad del sistema sanitario soporte la enorme demanda que podría venirnos. Quédese en casa” sintetizó.

Según las estadísticas procesadas por el Ministerio de Salud, Panamá registra hoy 1,801 casos positivos de coronavirus, 46 fallecidos y 13 recuperados. Del total de pacientes positivos, 1,513 se encuentran en aislamiento domiciliario, 298 en hoteles adecuados para tal fin y 229 hospitalizados.

El pasado 24 de marzo comenzó a regir la cuarentena total en el país, una medida decretada por el Ejecutivo para frenar el avance del brote, exceptuando a los trabajadores de toda la línea de producción de alimentos y a los supermercados, así como al personal de salud, a la fuerza pública, a la seguridad privada, a las farmacias, los bancos y medios de comunicación.

Por otra parte, los contagios están aumentando rápidamente en América Latina, que hace tres semanas concentraba el 0,1% de los casos globales y subió al 2,4%, justo este jueves, un día en que la cifra de pacientes con el SARS-CoV-2 alcanzó la barrera del millón, en el mundo.

A finales de 2019 se detectaron en Wuhan los primeros casos de una neumonía que luego la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) llamó COVID-19. En aquel entonces, la ciudad vio sus hospitales colapsados de pacientes con severos síntomas respiratorios causados por un nuevo coronavirus. El 11 de enero confirmaron la primera muerte.

La OMS ha indicado que la mayoría de las personas que contraen coronavirus pueden recuperarse satisfactoriamente.

 

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COVID-19: efforts could 'flatten' the contagion curve

The director of the Social Security Fund stressed that only by adopting the social distancing measure, an abrupt rise in the peak of coronavirus infections can be avoided.

By Yandira Núñez
Updated 04/04/2020 00:00

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The new coronavirus and the speed with which the outbreak has managed to expand, has put in check the strength of the health systems of Panama and the world. Aris Martínez | The Panama Star.

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Panama confirmed the first case of coronavirus on March 10th. Daniel González | The Panama Star.

After offering the latest report on the numbers of positive patients for the new coronavirus in Panama, this Saturday, the Health authorities indicated that all efforts are aimed at reducing the peak in the contagion curve.

Enrique Lau Cortés, director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), remarked that only by welcoming social distancing measures will the abrupt ascent of the peak of infections be avoided, in addition, he recalled that the entity's hospital system has 2,800 beds of which 65% is in use by patients with different pathologies.

“If we don't do what we have to do, we could have 9,133 cases and there would be no way to satisfy that demand. If we do things correctly and flatten the curve, so that instead of it being a sudden spike, it is planned and the transmission speed of the infection is not so fast, the Panamanian health system will have time to attend to patients in the extent to which they are presented, "emphasized Lau.

He explained that if we had not carried out previous strategic actions, “today we would have 2,500 sicker people, and of those we would have more in intensive care; we would also have more deaths. However, it is not enough, we have to strengthen social distancing and make everyone stay at home, "he said.

“If we do all these things together, we will make the capacity of the health system support the enormous demand that could come to us. Stay home ”he synthesized.

According to statistics processed by the Ministry of Health, Panama today records 1,801 positive cases of coronavirus, 46 deceased and 13 recovered. Of the total of positive patients, 1,513 are in home isolation, 298 in hotels suitable for this purpose and 229 hospitalized.

On March 24, the total quarantine in the country began to govern, a measure decreed by the Executive to slow down the advance of the outbreak, with the exception of workers from the entire food production line and supermarkets, as well as health personnel , to the public force, to private security, to pharmacies, banks and the media.

On the other hand, infections are increasing rapidly in Latin America, which three weeks ago concentrated 0.1% of global cases and rose to 2.4%, just this Thursday, a day when the number of patients with SARS -CoV-2 reached the millionth barrier in the world.

At the end of 2019, the first cases of pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, which was later called the COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Back then, the city saw its hospitals collapse from patients with severe respiratory symptoms caused by a new coronavirus. On January 11 they confirmed the first death.

The WHO has indicated that most people who get coronavirus can recover successfully.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200405/covid-19-esfuerzos-pordrian-aplanar

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Autoridades de Salud alegan que abril ‘será un mes duro’

Los efectos de las medidas sanitarias, como la cuarentena total, se verán entre 10 y 14 días

Por José Arcia

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Sexto día de conferencia de prensa de Panamá con Covid-19La Estrella de Panamá
 

En las últimas horas se sumaron cinco nuevos decesos y el país ya acumula 37 víctimas del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) y las autoridades de Salud advierten que las semanas siguientes serán “muy duras” en la detección de nuevos casos.

A este panorama su suma que las camas disponibles para pacientes del nuevo coronavirus empiezan disminuir por la cantidad de hospitalizados. Las últimas cifras del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) reveladas durante la conferencia de prensa de este jueves dan cuenta de 221 personas hospitalizadas, de las cuales 69 están en cuidados intensivos y 152 en salas.

Hasta este jueves, habían 1,475 personas afectadas por coronavirus, de los cuales 158 habían sido detectado entre las últimas horas del miércoles y ayer jueves. En las últimas horas también hubo otro recuperado, por lo que suman 10 que han logrado superar el virus.

La ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, reiteró la necesidad de cumplir con las medidas sanitarias como quedarse en caso y que los efectos de esta decisión se reflejarán en unas tres semanas.

Desde el pasado 24 de marzo, la curva de casos se ha mantenido en aumento y, de acuerdo a los pronósticos de las autoridades de Salud, esta realidad se mantendrá, por lo menos, varias semanas más.

El epedimiólogo y asesor de la comisión sobre coronavirus del Minsa, Xavier Sáez-Llorens, dijo que se deben esperar entre 10 y 14 días para tener un resultado de las medidas adoptadas para contrarrestar el virus.

El mes de abril será muy duro y al final podríamos estar viendo un panorama mejor, si las medidas sanitas terminan siendo eficaces, dijo.

“No crean que por una semana de mantener la cuarentena vamos a tener un impacto en reducir la curva de casos, son medidas que tienen que ser sostenida en el tiempo, al igual que el cumplimiento de la ciudadanía porque significa salvar vidas”, agregó la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner.

Para Saéz Llorens lo importante de las medidas es no saturar los centros hospitalarios y el recurso médico, especialmente de cuidados intensivos.

La queja de las autoridades es que, a pesar de las medidas que se han adoptado, las personas insisten en no acatarla. El ministro de Seguridad, Juan Manuel Pino, informó que durante el toque de queda se detuvieron 589 personas, de las cuales 39 eran menores de edad.

La irresponsabilidad es tan grande que una persona, en Río Sereno de Chiriquí, sospechosa de coronavirus utilizó la cédula de su padre para sacar un salvoconducto y había salido de su casa, donde se mantenía en cuarentena por orden del Ministerio de Salud.

Las autoridades también ha detectados personas que se aprovechan de la situación para estafar. “Hemos detectados a personas sin escrúpulo haciendo pasar por personal de Salud para imponer multas. Ningún funcionario puede imponer multas y cobrarla en el sitio donde se haya violado las medidas”, indicó el ministro Pino.

El Minsa, además, inició un proceso para multar a los responsables de una boda que se realizó el pasado domingo en el área Punta Paitilla.

 

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Health authorities allege that April ‘will be a tough month’

The effects of sanitary measures, such as total quarantine, will be seen between 10 and 14 days

By José Arcia
Updated 04/02/2020 19:50

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In the last hours, five new deaths were added and the country already accumulates 37 victims of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Health authorities warn that the following weeks will be "very hard" in the detection of new cases.

To this panorama, it adds that the beds available for patients with the new coronavirus begin to decrease due to the number of hospitalized. The latest figures from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) revealed during the press conference this Thursday account for 221 people hospitalized, of whom 69 are in intensive care and 152 in wards.

Until this Thursday, there were 1,475 people affected by coronavirus, of which 158 had been detected between the last hours of Wednesday and Thursday. In the last hours there was also another recovered, so there are 10 that have managed to overcome the virus.

Health Minister Rosario Turner reiterated the need to comply with sanitary measures such as staying in case and that the effects of this decision will be reflected in about three weeks.

Since March 24, the curve of cases has been increasing and, according to the forecasts of the Health authorities, this reality will continue for at least several more weeks.

The epidemiologist and advisor to the commission on the Minsa coronavirus, Xavier Sáez-Llorens, said that it should take between 10 and 14 days to have a result of the measures adopted to counteract the virus.

The month of April will be very hard and in the end we could be seeing a better picture, if the sanitary measures end up being effective, he said.

"Do not believe that for a week of maintaining quarantine we will have an impact in reducing the curve of cases, they are measures that must be sustained over time, as well as compliance with citizenship because it means saving lives," added the Health Minister Rosario Turner.

For Saéz Llorens, the important thing about the measures is not to saturate hospital centers and medical resources, especially intensive care.

The authorities' complaint is that, despite the measures that have been taken, people insist on not abiding by it. The Security Minister, Juan Manuel Pino, reported that during the curfew 589 people were arrested, of whom 39 were minors.

The irresponsibility is so great that a person, in Río Sereno de Chiriquí, suspected of coronavirus used his father's ID to get a pass and had left his house, where he was being quarantined by order of the Ministry of Health.

The authorities have also detected people who take advantage of the situation to defraud. “We have detected unscrupulous people posing as Health personnel to impose fines. No official can impose fines and collect it in the place where the measures have been violated, ”said Minister Pino.

The Minsa also began a process to fine those responsible for a wedding that took place last Sunday in the Punta Paitilla area.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200402/autoridades-salud-alegan-abril-sera-mes-duro

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Ivermectin, el posible fármaco que acabará con el COVID-19

El antiparasitario se encuentra en ensayos clínicos para  implementar su uso en los pacientes con coronavirus

Por Astrid Chang

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Decenas de especialistas en el área de la medicina trabajan a diario para encontrar los tratamientos que ayuden a los pacientes con COVID-19 y a su vez permanecen en la búsqueda exhaustiva por hallar la vacuna para prevenir el virus.

Tras sumar esfuerzos, el Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) de la Universidad de Monash en Melbourne (Australia) realizó un estudio colaborativo, junto al Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), que ha evidenciado en cultivos celulares que un medicamento antiparasitario, denominado ivermectin y disponible en todo el mundo, es capaz de matar al nuevo coronavirus en 48 horas, según señaló en su artículo Infobae.

"Hemos descubierto que incluso una sola dosis podría eliminar todo el virus a las 48 horas y que, además, a las 24 horas se produce una reducción realmente significativa", revelaron los investigadores al medio argentino.

"La ivermectina se usa ampliamente y se considera un medicamento seguro. Necesitamos determinar ahora si la dosis a la que se puede usar en humanos será efectiva, ese es el siguiente paso. En tiempos en los que estamos teniendo una pandemia global y no hay un tratamiento aprobado, si tuviéramos un compuesto que ya estuviera disponible en todo el mundo, eso podría ayudar a la gente antes. Siendo realistas, pasará un tiempo antes de que una vacuna esté ampliamente disponible", manifestó Kylie Wagstaff, autora principal del estudio.

El diario digital apuntó que este medicamento antiparasitario está aprobado por la Agencia Americana del Medicamento (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) que también ha demostrado ser eficaz ‘in vitro’ contra una amplia gama de virus, incluidos el VIH, el dengue, la gripe y el Zika. No obstante, los expertos han avisado de que los ensayos se tienen que realizar todavía en personas.

La científica sostuvo durante la entrevista que el uso de esta medicina para combatir el coronavirus dependerá, de los resultados de más pruebas preclínicas y, en última instancia, de ensayos clínicos, con una financiación que se necesita urgentemente para seguir avanzando en el trabajo.

La ivermectina se ha utilizado desde la década de los 80 para tratar los piojos, sarna y varias otras infecciones causadas por parásitos. El fármaco también se utiliza para tratar la rosácea, una enfermedad de la piel.

Tratamientos efectivos

El Ministerio de Salud de Panamá, adquirió tabletas de hidroxicloroquina y azitromicina como alternativa para el tratamiento de casos de COVID-19 ya que de acuerdo con la entidad han resultado tener efectos favorables en la lucha contra el virus, sin embargo, aclaró que no se trata de un medicamento preventivo y aseguró que es necesario suministrarlo a pacientes que se les haya realizado la prueba y su resultado sea positivo para el nuevo coronavirus.

Los medicamentos ya han sido utilizados en otros países en pacientes con coronavirus. Para aplicarlo, las autoridades han confeccionado un formulario en el cual las personas deben dar una autorización.

Hasta el momento el Istmo reportó 1,673 casos positivos con COVID-19 de los cuales 1,406 están en aislamiento domiciliario, 213 hospitalizados, con 141 en sala y 72 se encuentran en cuidados intensivos. Se han registrado 41 defunciones y 13 pacientes ya están recuperados.

 

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Ivermectin, the possible drug that will kill COVID-19

The antiparasitic is in clinical trials to implement its use in patients with coronavirus.

By Astrid Chang
Updated 04/04/2020 16:25

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Ivermectin has been used since the 1980s to treat head lice, scabies, and various other infections caused by parasites.

Dozens of specialists in the field of medicine work daily to find the treatments that help patients with COVID-19 and in turn remain in the exhaustive search to find the vaccine to prevent the virus.

After joining efforts, the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) of Monash University in Melbourne (Australia) carried out a collaborative study, together with the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), which has shown in cell cultures that an antiparasitic drug Called ivermectin and available worldwide, it is capable of killing the new coronavirus in 48 hours, according to its Infobae article.

"We have discovered that even a single dose could eliminate all the virus after 48 hours and that, in addition, at 24 hours there is a really significant reduction," the researchers revealed to the Argentine media.

"Ivermectin is widely used and is considered a safe medication. We need to determine now if the dose that can be used in humans will be effective, that is the next step. In times when we are having a global pandemic and there is no approved treatment, if we had a compound that was already available worldwide, that could help people sooner. Realistically, it will be a while before a vaccine becomes widely available, "said Kylie Wagstaff, lead author of the study.

The digital newspaper noted that this antiparasitic drug is approved by the American Drug Agency (FDA), which has also been shown to be effective 'in vitro' against a wide range of viruses, including HIV, dengue, flu and Zika. However, experts have warned that the tests have yet to be performed on people.

The scientist maintained during the interview that the use of this medicine to fight the coronavirus will depend, on the results of more preclinical tests and, ultimately, on clinical trials, with funding that is urgently needed to continue advancing the work.

Ivermectin has been used since the 1980s to treat head lice, scabies, and various other parasite infections. The drug is also used to treat rosacea, a skin condition.

Effective treatments

The Ministry of Health of Panama acquired hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin tablets as an alternative for the treatment of COVID-19 cases since, according to the entity, they have turned out to have favorable effects in the fight against the virus, however, it clarified that no It is a preventive medication and assured that it is necessary to supply it to patients who have undergone the test and their result is positive for the new coronavirus.

The drugs have already been used in other countries in patients with coronavirus. To apply it, the authorities have prepared a form in which people must give an authorization.

So far, the Isthmus has reported 1,673 positive cases with COVID-19, of which 1,406 are in home isolation, 213 are hospitalized, with 141 in the ward and 72 are in intensive care. 41 deaths have been registered and 13 patients are already recovered.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/salud/200404/ivermectin-posible-farmaco-acabara-covid-19

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 5, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 5, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercially operated humanitarian flights for any qualified traveler with appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama.  There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.

 

There is one flight operated by Spirit Airlines (NK 6501) scheduled for April 11 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 this flight.

 

·      April 11, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m.

 

For additional information about the flight and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit anticipates ticket sales for this flight will commence Sunday, April 5.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates.

 

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  If you have previously expressed your interest you do NOT need to resubmit.

 

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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Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 5, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 5, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders

 

On April 4, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 1,801 cases of COVID-19.

 

MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also recommends the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public.

 

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 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 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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