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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here

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Más de 1,600 detenidos en las últimas 72 horas por incumplir con la cuarentena

Henry Cárdenas P.  /  Vielka Corro Ríos
22 abr 2020 - 09:48 AM

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/mas-de-1600-detenidos-en-las-ultimas-72-horas-por-incumplir-con-la-cuarentena/

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As of late Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 - 4,992 infected, 144 deaths, 255 recoveries. 22,702 Covid-19 tests administered (4,992 positives, 314* control tests, 17,710 negatives).

*Not sure how the number of control tests can go down from the prior day report??? Each day prior to posting this, I get out my calculator to check that the numbers total as they should. Today is a glitch (again). Adding the positives, the negatives, and the control tests = 23,016, which is not being reported here. The difference is 314, which is the number being reported as control test. Take today's numbers with caution.

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Alto Boquete is still 14.

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Cortizo: ‘Analizaré el fin de semana el borrador para ir levantando la cuarentena de manera gradual’

José Gon zález Pinilla
22 abr 2020 - 06:48 PM

https://www.prensa.com/politica/cortizo-analizare-el-fin-de-semana-el-borrador-para-ir-levantando-la-cuarentena-de-manera-gradual/

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Posted 21/04/2020

Although Panama has entered the stage of "viral suppression", is necessary to continue with the measures established by the health authorities said Dr. Javier Nieto, a member of the Coronavirus Monitoring Commission on  Wednesday, April 22.

The next 10 days will be vital to observe the behavior of the disease. He said that the country acted  "in a judicious and timely manner with the closure of activities and the curfew, and later, the quarantine.

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These measures have reduced the doubling time of the virus and its reproductive number, according to Nieto. Despite this, there are regions of the country where people still have to responsibly comply with the measures to reduce the reproductive number of cases, including Panama Este, Chiriquí and Colón.

The control of the disease is achieved through massive testing, tracing the contact lines, isolating them, and monitoring outbreaks in potential groups, as happened with the community of Koskuna, in Arraiján, where a sanitary fence was placed.

The world changed after COVID-19 Nieto said  and the measures that the authorities are deciding will depend on the progressive decrease in cases, so people should know that we are not going to have shows or activities that involve a large number of participants in a short time.

He said s that these measures will be gradual and people must become aware of maintaining their controls until we have effective treatments and vaccines, which he estimates will not occur in the next 18 months

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/next-10-days-vital-in-fight-against-coronavirus-1

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As  frontline staff battle 1,367 quarantine flouters arrested

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Posted 22/04/2020

As medical workers  continued on the frontline battling to control the COVID-19 pandemic, The National Police  announced the arrest of  more than 1,600 people in the  72 hours before Wednesday, April 22 for violating the nationwide quarantine

Previously, on Monday 432 people were detained, on - Tuesday  554, and 651 on Wednesday a total of  1,637.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/as-frontline-staff-battle-1367-quarantine-flouters-arrested

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Black market in stolen face masks

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The N95 mask a hot item for illegal peddlers

Posted 22/04/2020

The theft and sale of face masks sparked a new mini-crime wave among petty thieves even before their wearing became mandatory.

 A black market has developed around the world and Panama’s back street entrepreneurs have joined in.

Four cases are currently under investigation, linked to the sale of masks that belonged to public hospitals.

On Saturday, April  18   a Colombian man was arrested after being caught selling on line face masks that belonged to the state hospital Santo Tomás.

He was found with seven boxes containing 50 units each. "All, with the number of lots belonging to Santo Tomás Hospital," said anti-corruption prosecutor Adela Cedeño. The suspect is under house arrest and prohibited from online commercial activities.

The Public Ministry is following the trail of Santo Tomás officials who could be involved in including the managers of the hospital warehouse, who control the equipment and medical supplies.

A guarantee judge has charged two citizens of Chinese origin found with 15 boxes with N95 masks (they filter up to 95% of airborne particles) owned by the Social Security Fund (CSS). According to the Public Ministry, it is presumed that they were stolen from the deposits of the institution. Officials are under investigation.

The Public Ministry told  La Prensa that they received two complaints about the theft of N95 and masks from the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/black-market-in-stolen-face-masks

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Rate of new virus infections slowing

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Posted 22/04/2020

Panama has slowed the average number of new infections that occur from one case of COVID-19  (the Rt.) which means the country can begin to examine the slow easing of suppression measures.

Ministry of Health (Minsa), Rodrigo DeAntonio, epidemiologist reports that the duplication of cases is now up to 16 days, that is, that there is a slowdown, and the average transmission is by below 1, which is optimal.

The increase in days is encouraging since in epidemiology the ideal is for duplication of cases to be reported for more than 10 days. A week ago, cases doubled every 8 days, and at the start of the outbreak, every 2 or 3.

DeAntonio said that although the country's total effective reproductive number (Rt) is below 1 (0.95), in regions such as Colón, Panamá Este, and Chiriquí it is still above that value.

He said that it is appropriate to maintain containment measures so that the numbers remain the same for 10 days in a row and to stabilize the behavior of the virus.

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, said on  Tuesday they delivered to President, Laurentino Cortizo, the first draft of the strategic plan to begin to lift the mitigation and suppression measures adopted to curb the virus and avoid saturation of hospitals.

However, said  it is important that the measures be lifted gradually to avoid a recurrence of the spread of the disease.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/rate-of-new-virus-infections-slowing

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

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Sent: 4/23/2020 10:36:41 AM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 23, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 23, 2020) 

 

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders

 

On April 22, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 4,992 cases of COVID-19.

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City.

 

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 requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public.

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place.

 

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 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.  

 

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.  

  

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. 

 

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Despite hopeful data, Panama 'cannot let its guard down' in the fight against COVID-19

4/22/20 7:30am 

Javier Nieto, Panama COVID task force reports that new data reveals a degree of control ( suppression)  and that the next 10 days of confinement will tell the tale.  He went on to say that  other areas were still needing confinement: Panama East, Colon and Chiriqui .

(Cautious optimism) 

https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/Pese-esperanzadoras-Panama-guardia-COVID-19-coronavirus_0_5562193732.html

 

 

Edited by Brundageba

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Unfortunately a 28 yr veteran cable worker on the Panama Canal passed away of COVID today. MINSA spearheaded contact finding and as well : testing, decontamination measures. They continue to monitor and observe the measures adopted to protect the health of all 9,500 workers.  ( My general translation.  Alison) 

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Moderator comment: The total weekend lockdown for April 24th and 25th is now confirmed.

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Se repite la cuarentena total en Panamá para este fin de semana

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El ministro de Seguridad Pública, Juan Pino, manifestó que este fin de semana se volverá a repetir la cuarentena total para Panamá, como medida de prevención para prevenir el contagio del coronavirus.

"Para este sábado y domingo tenemos un nuevo compromiso: cuarentena total. Esperamos la colaboración de todos ustedes tal cual cómo pasó la semana pasada", señaló Pino.

Este sería el tercer fin de semana consecutivo en el que se le impide la movilización a todos los panameños, salvo a los que trabajan en las empresas exceptuadas en el Decreto Ejecutivo N° 507.

Hay que destacar que durante esos días las detenciones se han visto reducidas y las calles de Panamá se apreciaron menos concurridas.

Además indicó que entre las provincias que más incumplen la cuarentena están Panamá (31.4%), Panamá Oeste (19.6%), Chiriquí (12.8%), Colón y Herrera.

 

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The total quarantine in Panama is repeated for this weekend

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This will be the third consecutive weekend under total quarantine for Panama. AFP

Teiga Castrellón • Apr 23, 2020 - 06:57 PM

The Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino, stated that this weekend the total quarantine for Panama will be repeated, as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"For this Saturday and Sunday we have a new commitment: total quarantine. We look forward to the collaboration of all of you as it happened last week," said Pino.

This would be the third consecutive weekend in which all Panamanians are prevented from mobilizing, except those who work in companies excepted in Executive Decree No. 507.

It should be noted that during those days the arrests have been reduced and the streets of Panama were less crowded.

He also indicated that among the provinces that most breach quarantine are Panama (31.4%), Panama West (19.6%), Chiriquí (12.8%), Colón and Herrera.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/04/23/repite-cuarentena-total-panama-semana/2800892.html

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President's ultimatum to civil servant freeloaders

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Posted 23/04/2020

President Laurentino Nito Cortizo has removed the velvet glove in dealing with a large group pf public officials, many of them working in the presidency. who snapped up food bags and cash bonds of the Panama Solidarity plan, for despite the fact that the program prohibits it.

Cortizo said that at least 289 were from the Ministry of the Presidency and another 300 from the Ministry of Education.

The president issued an ultimatum. He asked them between Thursday and Friday to donate 20% of their salary for three months to Panama Solidarity. “If you don't go voluntarily and donate, I'll be in charge of making decisions next week. What you have done to accept bonds and bags is not being supportive, "he said.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/presidentampamp039s-ultimatum-to-civil-servant-freeloaders-1

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Food and Beverage: Projections for Panama

Given the health crisis, the food and beverage sector would be partly affected by the drop in the production of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages and the decline in sales of fish and seafood preparations.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The "Information System for the Impact Analysis of Covid-19 on Business", prepared by the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData, measures the degree of impact that the crisis will have on companies, depending on the country, sector or economic activity, during the coming months.

If the quarantine is extended for three months in the country, it is estimated that business related to water purification and bottling could fall by about 8%. Another sector that is in the group of those that will be impacted in the Panamanian market, but in lesser magnitude, is the Brewing sector.

According to projections from the interactive information system, sales of food condiments and seasonings could decrease by approximately 5.1% in this scenario of restrictions to mobility.

The information system can help you answer questions such as:

How and how much will my business be affected?
How much could the demand for my products and services fall in the medium term?
Which sectors are most at risk of registering significant falls in their sales?
How many of my customers and suppliers could face problems?


Click here to request more information about this report.

 

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

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488  traffic cowboys  ticketed  in virus crackdown

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Posted 22/04/2020

Cowboy style drivers have taken advantage of reduced traffic on Panama streets during quarantine to flout normal driving rules with illegal turns,  ignoring stop signs, jumping lights, and speeding. Security chief Juan Pino reported on Wednesday, April 22.  that 488 were ticketed, along with 651 people who broke quarantine rules.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/488-traffic-cowboys-ticketed-in-virus-crackdown-1

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

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------ Original Message ------
To:
Sent: 4/24/2020 2:02:24 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 24, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 24, 2020) 

 

Event:  Increased Movement Restrictions, COVID-19 Situation Report, and Reminders

 

On April 23, the Government of Panama announced that both Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes.  For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend.

 

On April 23, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 5,166 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 requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City.

 

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 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.  

 

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.  

  

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  

 

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Get used to the weekend lockdowns.  My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends.

THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, saturday and Sunday will be total quarantine  "for now", meaning Easter weekend.  then the same "for now" message after Easter.  The "for now" statement is there again this week.
I was waiting to see who was telling the truth.  My contact or the Embassy.  My contact.

What do you think the reason is they just don't forthrightly say, Only 5 day weeks from now on til we say so?

They know full well that's the plan, but they're deceptively pretending that it's a week by week decision.  They're waiting till they have everyone compliant like good children, then we can all go and play recess.

This is not about health and well being.  It's about control.  The numbers just don't support this extreme measure. 
 

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As of late Friday, April 24th, 2020 - 5,338 infected, 154 deaths, 319 recoveries. 24,304 Covid-19 tests administered (5,338 positives, 401 control tests, 18,565 negatives).

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Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete at 3 confirmed cases.

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Gas stations have option to close during pandemic

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Posted 24/04/2020

Drivers may have to search further to fill their gas tanks following the Thursday, April 23 announcement by the National Energy Secretariat that gas stations may close temporarily during the Coronavirus pandemic. Previously they were obliged to stay open as they were classified as an essential service.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/gas-stations-have-option-to-close-during-pandemic

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Posted 23/04/2020

Panama’s total lockdown will  be in place for the third weekend in a row on April 25 and 26 as authorities  confirm that 109 health workers  and  365 security agents have contracted the coronavirus

109 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19, of which 66 have been infected in their jobs, 40 by community transmission and 3 cases are under study.

Enrique Lau Cortés , director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), said that of the total number of infected workers, 21 are nurses, 17 doctors, 11 cleaners, 8 nursing technicians, 6 pharmacy and 3 administrative staff.

Security Minister Juan Pino, reorts  that there are 365  infected security agents

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/weekend-lockdown-continues-as-474-frontline-staff-contract-virus-1

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2020 Book Fair canceled by pandemic may go virtual

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Posted 24/04/2020

The 2020 edition of the Panama International Book Fair (FIL) scheduled for August, is the latest event to  anceled because of uncertainties caused by the CORONA-19 pandemic

The fair is one of the major cultural events in  Panama and in 2019 attracted   106,00 visitors. It is the first cancellation since it premiered in 2001.

Orit Btesh, president of the organing group Capali. Said  that they are evaluating the feasibility of a “virtual FIL” to present  in October or November part of the agenda they had prepared, with conferences, talks, and presentations of new literary works

The Panama International Film Festival, the Canal shows, and the Performing Arts Festival are other massive cultural activities affected by the pandemic.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/events/2020-book-fair-canceled-by-pandemic-may-go-virtual

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Moderator comment: In order to keep from posting information and going into data overload, we have a policy of not posting news articles about specific individuals, and commentaries related thereto. There are exceptions, and this seems to be one; patient zero, first responders, and front line staff are other possible exceptions. This patient is beating extraordinary odds with the support of the medical team.

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Woman in ICU fights killer virus for 35 days

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Posted 24/04/2020

A 44-year old woman, the first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in the province of Colón was discharged on Thursday, April  23 after  35 days in the intensive care unit of Dr. Manuel A. Guerrero Hospital.

A  multidisciplinary team performed various procedures, such as intubation and tracheostomy, until she improved and was able to breathe on her own.

Susana Betegón, deputy medical director of the hospital, stressed that it was a complex task and highlighted the work of the staff, in the midst of the crisis.

The majority of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are receiving treatments with substances such as heparin and steroids. Both drugs help improve the patient's health when problems arise, including inflammation and blood clots.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/woman-in-icu-fights-killer-virus-for-35-days

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16 minutes ago, Moderator_02 said:

Moderator comment: As a math major, numbers intrigue me. The overpriced face masks were a unit cost of $ 2.57, whereas the regular market price unit cost is $ 0.65, or approximately four times higher for the "expedited" face masks.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/sanction-for-official-who-ordered-overpriced-face-masks

Check her garage for a new car and a sewing machine. ( no doubt she recognizes the demand for face masks and is "milking it" )

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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 25, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 25, 2020) 

 

Event:  Increased Movement Restrictions, COVID-19 Situation Report, and Reminders

 

On April 23, the Government of Panama announced that both Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes.  For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend.

 

On April 24, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 5,338 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 requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City.

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place.

 

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. 

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. 

 

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 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.  

 

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.  

  

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. 

 

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