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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

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Pandemic delays World Youth Day cross move from Panama

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Posted 05/04/2020

The delivery to Lisbon of the cross used in Panama during the 2019 World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations originally planned for Palm Sunday, April 5. will now take place on November 22 said Pope Francis during his Sunday Mass in Rome.

The World Youth Day in Panama was held from January 22 to 27, 2019.

The international meeting will be repeated in Lisbon, Portugal in 2021

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/pandemic-delays-world-youth-day-cross-move-from-panama

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re Masks

If you want to use masks it's not a problem to get them. We ordered a pack of N99 masks from China through Ailibaba.com and received them in ten days. China has ramped up production of masks and is exporting them by the millions.

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

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To:
Sent: 4/6/2020 2:17:09 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 6, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 6, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders

 

On April 5, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 1,988 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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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible future commercial humanitarian flights.

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Sent: 4/6/2020 2:21:43 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 6, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 6, 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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Pasa a tercer debate proyecto de moratoria para personas afectadas económicamente por COVID-19

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Pasa a tercer debate proyecto que suspende por 90 días pago de préstamos a entidades financieras. @asambleapa

Catherine Perea •

El Pleno de la Asamblea Nacional (AN) aprobó este 6 de abril el proyecto de ley 287 que da una moratoria por 90 días al pago de préstamos a entidades financieras, para personas afectadas económicamente por la pandemia del nuevo coronavirus COVID-19.

De acuerdo con este proyecto, se suspende por un término de 90 días prorrogables a nivel de la administración pública las obligaciones tributarias de pago, retención y cobros de impuestos, tasas, contribuciones especiales y sobretasas, tanto de tributos nacionales como municipales.

También se suspende los términos de recursos de reconsideración y apelación en la vía gobernativa tributaria ante la Dirección General de Ingresos (DGI), retención y cobro de las cuotas obrero patronales de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) y suspensión de cobro y pagos de servicio público de agua que brinda el Estado.

Mediante este proyecto, también se suspende por el mismo término el pago de préstamos hipotecarios, comerciales y agropecuarios otorgados por instituciones bancarias y financieras tanto públicas como privadas.

Además, se suspende el pago de mensualidades de las escuelas privadas, transposte escolar y cobros y pagos por el servicio público de electricidad, y de telefonía residencial y móvil de contratos fijos que brindan las empresas privadas.

El proyecto indica que mientras duren las medidas de suspensión de obligaciones después de finalizadas las mismas, las instituciones bancarias y financieras no podrán aumentar las tasas de interés a los préstamos.

Por otro lado, se suspende por el mismo termino el cobro de cánones por arrendamientos de oficinas, locales comerciales y habitacionales entre particulares y cobro de cánones por arrendamientos de oficinas, locales comerciales y habitacionales entre cualquier institución gubernamental del Estado y particulares.

 

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Moratorium for people financially affected by COVID-19 goes on to third debate

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The project that suspends the payment of loans to financial entities for 90 days goes to the third debate. @asambleapa

Catherine Perea • Apr 6, 2020 - 05:08 PM

The Plenary of the National Assembly (AN) approved on April 6 the bill 287 that gives a 90-day moratorium on the payment of loans to financial entities, for people economically affected by the pandemic of the new coronavirus COVID-19.

In accordance with this project, the tax obligations of payment, withholding and collection of taxes, fees, special contributions and surcharges, both national and municipal taxes, are suspended for a period of 90 days, extendable at the public administration level.

The terms of appeals for reconsideration and appeals are also suspended in the governmental tax system before the General Directorate of Income (DGI), withholding and collection of employer worker contributions from the Social Security Fund (CSS) and suspension of collection and payment of public water service provided by the State.

Through this project, the payment of mortgage, commercial and agricultural loans granted by both public and private banking and financial institutions is also suspended for the same term.

In addition, the payment of monthly fees for private schools, school transporation and charges and payments for the public service of electricity, and of residential and mobile telephony of fixed contracts provided by private companies are suspended.

The project indicates that as long as the suspension of obligations measures last after their end, the banking and financial institutions will not be able to increase the interest rates on the loans.

On the other hand, the collection of fees for leases of offices, commercial and residential premises between individuals and the collection of royalties for leases of offices, commercial premises and housing between any government institution of the State and individuals are suspended for the same term.

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/04/06/pasa-a-tercer-debate-proyecto-de-moratoria-para-personas-afectadas-economicamente-por-covid-19/2750733.html

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11 hours ago, Sassy Blake said:

Not wanting to be insensitive to the importance of the ubiquitous information about covid-19 ; and the need to maintain "social distancing" which in the days before antibiotics, was the most effective way to manage contagious infections; life goes on for the rest of us who thankfully, are maintaining health.

That said, what if there is a domestic emergency such as a plumbing or electrical problem?  How can we address this without any open ferreterias?

Re: Need for hardware services.

Hi, my name is Alison Brundage.  I am a Registered Nurse.  First I totally understand the hardware thing as I ripped the face off a drawer just yesterday ( brute force).  It came off the track.  I now had a project I didn't wan't.  Ok so I fixed it.  BUT the hardware store is my favorite place on the planet.  We are screwed into our homes ...minus screws. ...sigh I get it.

On getting "it" ( the COVID thing)   You don't want it.  It is killing people who never saw it coming.  Fast.  The first mortality in this country was March 9th .  It was diagnosed post mortum.  The man was a college dean in Panama City.   He caught it from his teachers that had returned from Europe.  They had "a cold".   It was 20 days from talking and functioning as a college dean  to not living.  The NEXT day Panama had it's #1 identified case.  March 9.  It was that week one month or so ago that  our lives here in Panama changed.  Panama shut down.

It is now very well known that the disease is extremely contagious...off the charts.   The worst is silent asymptomatic people can transmit it to others very easily.  Panama has not the capability to support lives if this virus spreads.  It is, but with the breaks on.  From 2 to 14 days ( incubation period)  a new batch of folks are getting sick.  Even the Ngobe who are not currently as mindful as we are, are now getting it sparsely.   Our only hope for the lives of this city and country, strict confinement, distancing, hand wash/mask combo , and a shut down..........of the hardware store et al.   

This is real serious business this viral disease.  Panama can survive it.  If it does what it's doing.  Brutal for all of us.       Alison...the nurse..  ( I miss surfing bad , total bummer)

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Panama acquires 600  ventilators as   COVID-19 cases surge

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Posted 05/04/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Sunday, April  5  that it has acquired  600 more ventilators, additional beds and vital signs monitors as 187  new COVID-19 cases raised the total of infected patients to 1,988 with  54 deaths.

13 people have recovered.

There are 1,680 peop;e in home isolation and  241 hospitalized,  with 163 in wards and 78 in intensive care, reports  Lourdes Moreno,  Ministry director of Epidemiology

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-acquires-600-ventilators-as-covid-19-cases-surge-1

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Canal operator lives come first says Administrator

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Posted 06/04/2020

Most of the 20 Panama Canal workers infected with COVID-19 are employed in the operations area says  Canal Authority (ACP),  Administrator Ricaurte ásquez

Of the 20  cases, 15 are in home isolation and 5 are hospitalized. " I said to the workers: that if  there is no business, we can recover it, that if a ship did not pass we can recover it, but if an operator  dies we cannot recover hi, " said Vásquez,  in a TVN News  interview

The ACP has taken labor and health measures to avoid further contagion, said the Administrator.

“ We are respecting the health standards. We are working in an unusual way because this situation is unusual (…) Our responsibility is to maintain the operation [of the Canal] and the responsibility for the health of the collaborators,” said Vásquez, who applauded the ACP workers, because "they have the discipline and understand the responsibility that falls on each one ."

Vásquez said  that the transits through the Panama Canal continue but the economic impact will be felt in the months of  April and May.

" The shipping companies have adjusted routes and when the price of fuel falls, it makes them look at using longer routes, " said Vásquez.

The transit of cruise ships, and container ships carrying cars, have decreased.  " We must be prepared for a situation of lower economic growth and will depend on the clients of our clients, " said Vásquez, who added that the movement of products in Asia is largely linked to its buyers in the United States.

Raw materials, such as food, are going to be moving, because"they are basic needs and it is a demand that will hardly be reduced ."

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/canal-operator-lives-come-first-says-administrator

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Panama  airspace closure could mean 138.000 jobs lost

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Posted 06/04/2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that until the month of May, the air sector in Panama will stop lose about $7billion as a result of the closure of the air space that the Government decreed to slow the advance of COVID-19.

Peter Cerdá, IATA's regional vice president for the Americas, commented that the losses will be greater if the bans on commercial flights adopted by the various governments in the region extend beyond June.

In a virtual conference held on Monday, April 6, Cerda indicated that COVID-19 could subtract about $4.6 billion from the contribution made by the airline and tourism sector to Panama's gross domestic product (GDP), which annually reaches $8.5 billion.

At the regional level, IATA estimates a loss of $15 billion with a 41% reduction in demand from the airline sector, while the global outlook indicates a reduction of $252 billion in lost revenue

Cerdá said that in Panama about 12,000  direct jobs and another 126,000  indirect jobs could be affected by the paralysis of the airline industry.

The government ordered the closure of the airspace for 30 days until April 21, but there is no certainty that by that date the local and regional health situation will allow the restrictions on flights to be lifted.

To ease the burden on airline companies, IATA is asking governments to establish support plans such as exemption from paying airport taxes, as well as a line of credit with the banking sector.

"Our estimate is that a high percentage of companies only have the liquidity to withstand the shutdown of their operations for a period of three months, so we do not rule out bankruptcies after the current crisis is over," said the executive of the IATA.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-airspace-closure-could-mean-138000-jobs-lost

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ATTT advierte que no podrán circular quienes no renovaron licencias y placas en enero y febrero

La prórroga será hasta el 30 de junio próximo y solo es aplicable a aquellos conductores cuyas licencias y placas se vencen en marzo, abril y mayo

Por Gustavo A. Aparicio O.

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Miguel Alemán, subdirector de la Autoridad de Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre. Cedida

El Sub Director General de la Autoridad de Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre (ATTT), Miguel Alemán advirtió a los conductores de todo tipo vehículos que no renovaron sus licencias de conducir y placa vehicular cuando les correspondía en enero y febrero pasado, que no podrán circular por las calles y avenidas del país. 

Alemán aclaró que la prórroga aprobada para la renovación de la licencia y la placa, producto de la pandemia de coronavirus que afecta al país, solo es aplicable a aquellos conductores cuyas licencias y placas se vencen entre marzo, abril y mayo próximo. “Para estos casos la prórroga será hasta el 30 de junio próximo”, indicó.

“Los que tenían sus licencias vencidas desde enero y febrero y no cumplieron con hacer los trámites respectivos no pueden circular y pueden ser sancionados, ya que en su momento tuvieron el tiempo para hacer los trámites y pagos necesarios establecidos por ley”, indicó Alemán.

Recordó que incluso a los conductores a los cuales su placa se les vencía en febrero, tuvieron hasta el 15 de marzo para renovarlas y señaló que aunque unidades de la Policía Nacional han sido benévolas con muchos conductores, el incumplimiento de las normas vigentes podrían acarrearle a los infractores una sanción.

Apoyo por COVID-19

Alemán se refirió además al apoyo que está brindando la ATTT a los operativos que realiza el Ministerio de Salud y el Gobierno del presidente Laurentino Cortizo Cohen para minimizar los efectos de la pandemia de coronavirus.

“Estamos colaborando y divididos en diferentes grupos de apoyo hacia el Ministerio de Salud. Se está apoyando en los hospitales y centros de salud para facilitarle los salvoconductos al transporte selectivo o colectivo para que estos trabajen en esas áreas sin ningún problema", explicó.

Agregó que en lo personal está fiscalizando que los camiones de carga no tengan ningún problema a nivel nacional y se puedan mover a la hora que necesiten, con tal de que muevan la mercancía y los alimentos para poder abastecer a los supermercados y estos a su vez a la población. 

De igual manera, dijo, se está trabajando en los cercos de control de movilidad establecidos para evitar la propagación del virus, colaborando en los hospitales en San Miguelito, en otros temas como la distribución del bono solidario y con personal de apoyo en el centro de acopio de alimentos ubicado en el Centro de Convenciones Atlapa.

“Tenemos un despliegue de personal de la ATTT colaborando al cien por ciento con toda la operación que se está realizando producto de esta crisis sanitaria", enfatizó.

 

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ATTT warns that those who did not renew licenses and plates in January and February will not be able to circulate

The extension will be until next June 30 and is only applicable to those drivers whose licenses and plates expire in March, April and May.

By Gustavo A. Aparicio O.
Updated 04/06/2020 17:45

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Miguel Alemán, deputy director of the Transit and Land Transportation Authority. Loan

The Deputy Director General of the Traffic and Land Transportation Authority (ATTT), Miguel Alemán, warned drivers of all types of vehicles that they did not renew their driver's licenses and license plate when it corresponded to them in January and February, which will not be able to circulate through the streets and avenues of the country.

Alemán clarified that the extension approved for the renewal of the license and license plate, a product of the coronavirus pandemic that affects the country, is only applicable to those drivers whose licenses and license plates expire between March, April and next May. "For these cases the extension will be until next June 30," he said.

"Those who had their licenses expired since January and February and did not comply with the respective procedures cannot circulate and can be penalized, since at the time they had the time to carry out the necessary procedures and payments established by law," Alemán said.

He recalled that even the drivers whose license plate expired in February had until March 15 to renew them and noted that although National Police units have been kind to many drivers, failure to comply with current regulations could lead to violators a penalty.

Support for COVID-19

Alemán also referred to the support that the ATTT is providing to the operations carried out by the Ministry of Health and the Government of President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen to minimize the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are collaborating and divided into different support groups towards the Ministry of Health. It is leaning on hospitals and health centers to provide safe passages for selective or collective transport so that they can work in those areas without any problem, "he explained.

He added that personally he is supervising that the cargo trucks do not have any problem at the national level and can move at the time they need, as long as they move the merchandise and food to be able to supply the supermarkets and these in turn to the population.

In the same way, he said, work is being done on the mobility control fences established to prevent the spread of the virus, collaborating in hospitals in San Miguelito, on other issues such as the distribution of the solidarity bonus and with support personnel in the center of food collection located in the Atlapa Convention Center.

"We have a deployment of ATTT personnel collaborating one hundred percent with the entire operation that is being carried out as a result of this health crisis," he emphasized.

 

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Extension will be until June 30 and only applies to those drivers whose driver licenses and plates expire in March, April and May

Deputy Director of the Transit and Land Transport Authority (ATTT), Miguel Aleman, warned that drivers of all type vehicles who did not renew their driver licenses and plates when due in January and February of this year, may not circulate the streets and avenues of the country.

Aleman explained that the approved extension for renewal of driver licenses and plates, due to the coronavirus pandemic impacting the country, is only applicable for drivers whose driver licenses and plates expire between March, April and May.  “In these instances the extension will be until 30 June of this year”,  he said.

“Those whose license expired since January and February and did not comply with the corresponding procedures may not circulate and will be sanctioned since they had sufficient time to transact and make the payments established by Law”, said Aleman.

He reminded that drivers whose plates expired in February had until March 15 to renew them and pointed out that although the National Police has been benevolent with many drivers, non-compliance with existing procedures could result in sanction for offenders.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200406/attt-advierte-podran-circular-quienes-renovaron-licencias-placas-enero-febrero

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Panama leads region in COVID-19 fight

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Posted 06/04/2020

Panama is facing the COVID-19 threat with strategic sanitary measures. Unlike other countries in the region, where the low number of infected is suspicious, ours has sought to diagnose as many cases as possible. The sanitary fence, the curfew and now the total quarantine have been tools applied with the aim of reducing infections.

 If these measures had not been applied, there is no doubt that our reality would be much worse. The health authorities have been transparent about what citizens must do to avoid contagion: personal hygiene measures, social distancing and staying at home. However, all this will only be effective to the extent that we act with solidarity and citizen responsibility. It is no coincidence that nations with these characteristics have managed to escape the devastating effect of the pandemic. You cannot play games  with a virus or cheat the health control, because what is at risk is everyone's life. -  LA PRENSA, Apr. 5

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/panama-leads-region-in-covid-19-fight

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Extending Sunday total lockdown under review

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Posted 06/04/2020

The total prohibition on citizen movement that was in place across the  country on Sunday April 5   could be extended after a week in which the number of deaths from COVID-19  more than doubled, climbing from 24 on Sunday, March 29 to 54 on Sunday, April 5.

La Prensa reports that the authorities are evaluating the viability of replicating the "success ”Of the mandatory absolute“ immobilization ”for men and women applied for the first time on, Sunday.

At the press conference yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed the death of 54 people but unanimously congratulated the citizens for having generally fulfilled the objective of staying home. to try to stop the spread of the virus and give oxygen to the health system, which is reaching its attention capacity.

According to the current rules, men can circulate only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and women on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But each day, security authorities have detained hundreds of people in violation of the order.

During  the first two days of the sex quarantine (April 1 and 2), over  1,000 people were detained.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/extending-sunday-total-lockdown-under-review

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Panamá registra 2,100 pacientes por COVID-19 y cierra la mina más grande del país

Se registran 55 defunciones. Las autoridades ordenaron el cierre de Minera Panamá, donde se han reportado 11 casos positivos y un fallecido

Por Ismael Gordón Guerrel

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Panamá suma 2,100 personas contagiadas y 55 muertes por COVID-19. En las últimas horas se reportaron 112 nuevos casos positivos y una defunción.

Las autoridades de Salud detallaron que hay 14 personas recuperadas y en aislamiento domiciliario,1,777 personas.

En sala, se encuentran 167; en hoteles, 359; en cuidados intensivos, 88.

Panamá se prepara para masificar las pruebas de COVID-19. Los primeros que serán sometidos en las evaluaciones es el personal médico y quienes están de frente para mitigar la COVID-19.

Las autoridades del Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias de Panamá y el Ministerio de Salud ordenaron el cierre temporal de las operaciones de la Minera Panamá, donde se han reportado 11 casos positivos y un fallecido.

El ministro de Seguridad, Juan Pino, detalló que desde el 18 de marzo hasta el 3 de abril se han detenido a 6,944 personas por violar el toque de queda.

Pino agregó que la violencia doméstica ha bajado, porque se mantiene prohibida la venta y el consumo de bebidas alcohólicas.

Ante la situación de la COVID-19 en Panamá y las medidas de cuarentena aplicadas, se han generado situaciones que alteran el comportamiento de las personas.

En este sentido, fumar es una de estas, por lo que José Calderón, jefe de la sección de Salud Mental del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa), advierte que es una oportunidad para que los fumadores dejen de hacerlo y el no salir a fumar o comprarlo, es una gran dificultad para los consumidores.

Al respecto, el médico psiquiatra recomendó que los fumadores disminuyan el consumo de cigarrillos y al momento de la ansiedad tomarse un vaso con agua, comer algo que traquee (pedazo de apio, trozos de mango, maní, etc.) para que el hábito de tener algo en la boca sea aliviado.

Para aquellos que están dispuestos a dejar de fumar, serán semanas de sufrimiento, señala el galeno, y concluyó señalando que a algunas personas se les alterará la tranquilidad y el humor por lo que podrían estar irritables.

 

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Panama registers 2,100 patients for COVID-19 and closes the largest mine in the country

55 deaths are registered. The authorities ordered the closure of Minera Panamá, where 11 positive cases and one deceased have been reported.

By Ismael Gordón Guerrel
Updated 06/04/2020 19:29

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Panama has 2,100 infected people and 55 deaths from COVID-19. In the last hours, 112 new positive cases and one death were reported.

Health authorities detailed that there are 14 people recovered and in home isolation, 1,777 people.

In room, there are 167; in hotels, 359; in intensive care, 88.

Panama is preparing to massify the COVID-19 tests. The first to be subjected to the evaluations are the medical personnel and those in front to mitigate COVID-19.

The authorities of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Panama and the Ministry of Health ordered the temporary closure of the operations of Minera Panamá, where 11 positive cases and one deceased have been reported.

Security Minister Juan Pino explained that from March 18 to April 3, 6,944 people have been arrested for violating the curfew.

Pino added that domestic violence has decreased, because the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages remain prohibited.

Given the situation of COVID-19 in Panama and the quarantine measures applied, situations have been created that alter people's behavior.

In this sense, smoking is one of these, so José Calderón, head of the Mental Health section of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), warns that it is an opportunity for smokers to stop doing it and not go out and smoke or Buying it is a great difficulty for consumers.

In this regard, the psychiatrist doctor recommended that smokers reduce cigarette consumption and, when anxious, drink a glass of water, eat something that trachea (piece of celery, pieces of mango, peanuts, etc.) so that the habit of Having something in your mouth is relieved.

For those who are willing to quit smoking, it will be weeks of suffering, says the doctor, and concluded by noting that some people will have their tranquility and mood altered so they could be irritable.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200406/panama-registra-2-100-pacientes-covid-19-cierra-mina-mas-grande-pais

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El Minsa anuncia el cierre temporal de la planta de Minera Panamá

 Yolanda Sandoval 
07 abr 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-minsa-anuncia-el-cierre-temporal-de-la-planta-de-minera-panama/

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Perhaps someone can track down and publish the numbers for the overall mortality rate in Panama. They must be available, since we have daily figures for the COVID-19 fatalities.

Keep in mind that the average mortality rate in Panama from all causes in previous years hovers around 50 per day.

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HEART DAMAGE

Hi,

This is Alison the nurse.  The CL site here has been 100% in giving us all the latest on the COVID situation here.    I along with the rest of us, want to thank Bud and his wife for the fantastic job they have done on CL to keep us all in the loop .  Just the facts.  No wandering here and there with "theories", anger, vitriol.   Thank you  !

I want to share today some recent findings with regard to HEART DAMAGE as a result of this COVID infection.  It is early , but it appears on post mortum that there is considerable heart .damage in many of the deceased.   It is not yet clear if it is secondary or primary as a result of the infection.  Here is the article if you care to read.

https://khn.org/news/mysterious-heart-damage-not-just-lung-troubles-befalling-covid-19-patients/

Wear a mask.  Wash your hands.  Helps others.  Stay home.  Start on your wife's "to-do" list.  Start the hobby projects you have put off for later.  

Panama is doing one amazing job in early enforced containment.   We are just waiting for more assistance the country would need if everybody was left out and about: hospital space, ventilators, gowns, masks , etc.    Its like driving  downhill in neutral with your brakes on....    We are waiting for the rest of the world to do the same.  Then it will end..someday.  Pray that it will be not too too far away !

Sending my love and care to all,  Stay safe, and continue to be very  careful.

Alison

 

 

 

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible future commercial humanitarian flights.

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Sent: 4/7/2020 1:34:35 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 7, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 7, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight

 

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States. As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.  There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.  If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.

 

The Embassy has arranged one commercially-operated humanitarian flight for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who wishes to depart Panama.  There are no other planned flights.  If you are interested in leaving Panama, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, or be prepared to remain here for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more.

 

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 7, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 7, 2020)

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders

 

On April 6, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 2,100 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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Not sure where to post this, but does anyone know whether alcohol will begin to be sold again tomorrow?  The ban was stated to be for 3 weeks, which is ending today.  Haven't heard a thing since.  Anyone?

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16 minutes ago, KKB said:

Not sure where to post this, but does anyone know whether alcohol will begin to be sold again tomorrow?  The ban was stated to be for 3 weeks, which is ending today.  Haven't heard a thing since.  Anyone?

Nothing wrong with posting where you did.

Primary reason for responding is that as moderators we are being approached frequently about this “rumor”. We have heard nothing officially to that effect. When we learn something official we will publish here.

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Virus closes Panamaa's largest mine

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Posted 07/04/2020

As the number of cases of  COVID-19 surged to 2.100. with  55 deaths, Panama’s health Minister Rosario Turner announced on Monday, April 7 the temporary closing of the Minera Panama mine which was protected by a  “sanitary fence” and had has been exempted from the nationwide shutdown of businesses. There were 10 reported cases of the virus among miners and one death.

Most cases in the country  (1,640) are recorded in people between 20 and 59 years, while the highest number of deaths (39) is concentrated in those over 60 years.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/virus-closes-panamaas-largest-mine

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Overcrowded  prisons a COVID-19    time bomb

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Posted 08/04/2020

Overcrowding in prisons is a COVID-19   is  seen as  a  time bomb about after  the  detection of the first two cases in the Nueva Esperanza facility in Colón set off alarms, both for relatives and prisoners, as well as for lawyers, who are calling for action  reports TVN

More than 17,000 prisoners live in overcrowded conditions where there is no way to keep social distance as established by the Ministry of Health.

" They have them in a, in precarious conditions.  There are 250 in a compound,  with some working in the kitchen, It is a criminal action ”, denounced lawyer, Carlos Herrera Morán.

It is expected that new measures to be implemented by the penitentiary System to counter the spread of COVID-19 within the prisons will be announced soon.

Law 55 of 2003 allows for a reduction in sentence for those deprived of liberty for crimes of lesser impact and parole for those over 60 and the status of pregnant women is under  review

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/overcrowded-prisons-a-covid-19-time-bomb

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797 quarantine flouters deained

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Posted 07/04/2020

The National Police reported that, on  Monday   April, 6,  they detained 797 people for ignoring quarantine regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic. There were  635 men, 119 women and 43 minors .

Security Minister, Juan Pino, reported that in the curfew operations, between March 18 and April 3 , 6694 people have been detained . Once detained, people are sent to a justice of the peace, to receive the respective sanctions.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/797-quarantine-flouters-deained

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