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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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Tocumen International readying for reopening

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Posted 08/05/2020

With no date set Tocumen International Airport is preparing for a gradual reopening of commercial flights. Currently, activity is limited carrying out humanitarian flights and transporting cargo, medicines and supplies.

On Friday, May 8 more than 150 people were repatriated to the United States and raising the number of humanitarian flights to  different countries  to over 30

The United States Ambassador to Panama, Phillip Laidlaw, highlighted that so far they have been able to facilitate the return of more than 200 Americans. Meanwhile, an air terminal manager said that they have the implementation of various security systems such as the placement of thermal cameras, in addition to alcohol gel and the use of masks.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/tocumen-international-readying-for-reopening

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ICU staff are “the family” of Covid-19 victims

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Posted 08/05/2020

By Thursday evening,  May 7, Panama registered  225 Covid-19. deaths and some 8,000 infections More than 900 infected are in isolation and 335 hospitalized, 85 of them in intensive care. There are more than 4,500 recoveries.

The fact that Panama has the highest number of  Covid-19 deaths and cases in Central America, its is due to the high number of tests carried out, 39,000 to date which has prevented hospitals from being overwhelmed by the pandemic.

Julio Sandoval,  the Ministry of Health National Coordinator of Intensive Care for the virus, is one of the doctors on the front line in the fight.

He visits hospitals daily to see the most seriously ill patients He works ad honorem. And at first  stayed in a hotel for fear of infecting his family.

Paying tribute to the staff in ICU’s he said: ”Going to an intensive care unit to care for the sick through Covid-19 is like entering a war zone, in which we want to save a life, it doesn't matter if we are affected by saving a life," says Sandoval.

"The intensive care staff becomes the family of the patients, they fight with them to the end, they pray with them, In reality, they are their family, we suffer the disease with the patient from the time they arrive until we remove them from the unit or until they die, "says Sandoval.

Ana Belén Araúz, deputy medical director of the Santo Tomás Hospital in the Panamanian capital, comments that "there have been moments of great uncertainty and uneasiness and we must continue working for the patients."

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/icu-staff-are-the-family-of-covid-19-victims

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Panama construction tycoon recovers after two months in ICU

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Bern receives the news amid applause from the medical team  

Posted 08/05/2020

Panama  construction magnate  Herman  Bern the victim of a flurry of fake news reports of his death, from the Covid-19 virus has recovered after 58  days in the intensive care unit of a private hospital, including over  30 days with mechanical ventilation.

Bern 73, got the news  that a second test  to see if he still had the killer virus was negative  from a doctor’s videophone message   which he quickly passed on with the tagline: “I’m alive “

"I was close to being a death statistic, , but I am alive,"  an exhausted Bern, visibly excited, told AFP.

"I spent about three weeks in a coma, I don't remember what happened. When you have a fever your mind starts to wander and think about all kinds of things. The first few days I couldn't move absolutely anything," says Bern.

His case has been one of the most talked-about in Panama as he became the subject of fake news that circulated on social networks announcing his death.

"He spent approximately 15 days when we did not know if we would manage to save him, every day we thought he was going to die," says the intensivist doctor, Lillian Tang.

But Bern now only thinks about recovering: "I no longer have the virus in my body, and now I will recover all that strength that I have lost," he said.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-construction-tycoon-recovers-after-two-months-in-icu-1

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Dry law lifted  with  purchase limits

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Posted 08/05/2020

After a hiccup caused by the delay in publishing the decree in the Official Gazette the announced lifting of the American Continent’s only dry law in the fight against coronavirus,   the limited sale of liquor in Panama resumed on Friday, May 8 for home consumption only.

The retail sale will only be allowed for e personal use at home and purchases must be made within the framework of current mobility.

The sale can only be made in commercial establishments that have a license for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Consumers can only purchase a bottle of wine or six units of beer or liquor of any kind.

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The authorities clarified on  Friday afternoon "the use of the solidarity bond or any other type of subsidy granted by the State for the purchase of alcoholic beverages is prohibited."

The distribution, sale, and consumption is also prohibited in the communities, regions or provinces that, as of the effective date of the decree, are under a sanitary fence and those that enter this condition in the future.

Officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries and the Authority for Consumer Protection (Acodeco) will ensure compliance.

The Ministry of Health said  Friday that the ban on all kinds of meetings remains; and especially the consumption of liquor in public spaces, anywhere in the country.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/dry-law-lifted-with-purchase-limits

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Boondoggle over  dry law lifting announcement

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Posted 08/05/2020

Early morning wine and beer lovers seeking to refresh their palates or slake their thirst after two months of prohibition were frustrated on Friday. May 8  as the decree easing the Dry Law had not been published in the  Official Gazette according to o  The Deputy Minister of Internal Trade, Omar Montilla.

Montilla said that the publication of the decree would be made this Friday. The vice-minister made clarification because on Wednesday it had been announced that the dry law established in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic would be lifted on Friday.

He said d that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) has been coordinating with the Ministries of Security and Health during the process.

Authorities are analyzing that a person can only buy a bottle of wine and six cans of beer, said the deputy minister on  Telemetro Reporta .

Montilla recalled that the taxes paid on liquor sales are important for the Panamanian State, especially at this time when it has to continue funding various subsidies. He recalled that part of the taxes go to the funds of the Social Security Fund.

On the decision made by some municipalities to keep the dry law dry, Montilla said that they would have a conversation with the mayors, to explain the scope of that decision. The Association of Municipalities of Panama has said that some municipalities will stop operating due to the lack of tax collection.

Montilla also anticipated that they will gradually open some commercial establishments, so that the municipalities can have some type of collection.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/boondoggle-over-dry-law-lifting-announcement

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Central America: Threats to the Supply Chain

Since El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama have set a 72-hour time limit for freight drivers operating in the region, hundreds of units have decided to halt their operations as a measure of pressure.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Due to the health crisis resulting from the covid-19 outbreak, Salvadoran, Costa Rican and Panamanian authorities decided that the drivers of the cargo transport units entering the country will have only 72 hours to make the formalities at the borders, and to unload and reload the goods from the vehicles.

You may be interested in "New Commercial Reality: How to Reach Customers"

According to businessmen, at least 10 days are needed to carry out the whole process. As a response to this restriction, it is reported that hundreds of units are stranded in Costa Rican and Panamanian territory, as a measure to pressure governments to make the measures more flexible.

Hector Fajardo, general director of the Central American Transporters' Chamber (Catransca) and a director of the Central American Transport Federation (Fecatrans), told Prensalibre.com that "... The protests of the transporters will trigger a shortage at a regional level, because there will be no mobility in the logistic part of the transport and it will impact the supply'. In addition, Costa Rica established a $500 fine for anyone who does not comply with the measure, and they are asking that the truck be nationalized, which implies high costs."

See "Post-Quarantine Consumption Patterns"

A statement from Fecatrans details that most countries and business chambers are not in agreement with the measure, since far from helping to reactivate the economy, it deepens the paralysis and threatens to cause shortages.

Adan Aquino, president of the company Transportes Los Andes, explained that "... The transporters who go into Costa Rican territory to make deliveries are returning empty, because it is definitely impossible to unload, load, process exports and leave their territory in just 72 hours."

Raul Alfaro, president of the Salvadoran Association of International Cargo Carriers (ASTIC), said that "... before Costa Rica allowed foreign vehicles to stay up to 30 days in its territory, but after the restriction, it only allows 72 hours. If this period is exceeded, a fine of $500 must be paid and the vehicle must be brought into the country. What does an immigration measure have to do with a purely customs one? Some trucks have to wait up to eight days in Costa Rica to be unloaded."

Fecatrans' request is that the administrative decision be repealed immediately and that a reasonable period of time be granted.

See article from Prensalibre.com "Coronavirus: Regional carriers warn of possible shortage due to restrictions in Costa Rica" and from Laprensagrafica.com "More time is requested from Governments to move cargo" (both in Spanish).

 

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

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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 (May 9, 2020)
Date: Sat, 9 May 2020 10:59:42 -0400
From: Panama-ACS@state.gov
Reply-To: Panama-ACS@state.gov

 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 9, 2020) 

 

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

 

On May 8, the Government of Panama announced that both Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes.  For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend.

 

On May 8, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 8,070 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. 

 

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 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.  

   

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-19 for 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 humanitarian flights on May 15th and May 19th.

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 9, 2020)
Date: Sat, 9 May 2020 11:00:56 -0400
From: Panama-ACS@state.gov
Reply-To: Panama-ACS@state.gov

 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 9, 2020)

 

Location: Panama

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights

 

The Embassy has identified two flights, both operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK 6511), scheduled for May 15 and 19.  Each flight will have a limited number of seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in the Fort Lauderdale area are limited.

 

NOTE – There are no other planned flights.  These may be the last flights until commercial flight operations resume; at present, not before May 22.  Due to the expected high demand for these flights we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take this flight.

 

·      May 15, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m.

·      May 19, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m.

 

We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight.

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit anticipates ticket sales for these flights will commence Friday, May 8.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates.

 

There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.

 

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 previously expressed your interest you do NOT need to resubmit.

 

The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

 

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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As of late Saturday, May 9th, 2020 - 8,282 infected, 241 deaths, 4,501 recoveries. 41,649 Covid-19 tests administered (8,282 positives, 1,284 control tests, 32,083 negatives).

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

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El virus y las voces del Panamá sin agua

¿Cómo se cuidan del coronavirus los que no se pueden lavar las manos todo el tiempo? Relatos desde el Panamá, más allá de los rascacielos.
 
Eliana Morales Gil
10 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-virus-y-las-voces-del-panama-sin-agua/

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Alcaldes reacios, pero acatarán la flexibilización de la ley seca

El debate sobre la ley seca y sus consecuencias no solo se da entre los alcaldes y el Ejecutivo, sino en la misma sociedad. Alcaldes reticentes empiezan a ceder.
 
Aminta Bustamante
09 may 2020 - 11:43 PM
El pasado viernes, en conferencia de prensa, la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, dijo que vigilarán el “fiel cumplimiento del Decreto 612”, que establece la flexibilización de la ley seca. Advirtió, de forma tajante, que en caso de que esta medida sea incumplida “se retornará a la prohibición total”.
 
“Le hemos pedido a todos los directores regionales y directores médicos estar pendiente en el cumplimiento de este decreto”, dijo.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/entre-las-prohiciones-y-la-libertad-de-decidir/

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Minsa publica mañana primer protocolo para retorno de empresas

Aleida Samaniego C.
09 may 2020 - 11:26 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/minsa-publica-manana-primer-protocolo-para-retorno-de-empresas/

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Acodeco: multas de hasta 10 mil dólares para comercios que incumplan venta gradual de licor

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09 may 2020 - 05:48 PM

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Acodeco: fines of up to $ 10,000 for businesses that fail to gradually sell liquor

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May 09, 2020 - 05:48 PM

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Flexibilation of the dry law allows each client to only buy six beers, or a bottle of wine or a bottle of rum. Elysée Fernández
 
The Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco) "will sanction in an exemplary manner any economic agent who fails to comply with Executive Decree No. 612, which makes the sale of alcoholic beverages for personal and household consumption more flexible", with fines of up to 10 thousand dollars.

This was announced, this Saturday May 9, the entity, through a press release, in which it remembers that it can only be dispatched per person: six units of beer (six packs), or a bottle of wine, or a of liquor of any kind, that is, a single product per customer.

Also the general administrator of Acodeco, Jorge Quintero Quirós, warned about sanctions for businesses that do not comply with the allowed amount and provisions in the aforementioned Executive Decree, which could amount to up to $ 10,000.

On the other hand, Acodeco also verifies compliance with Executive Decree No. 114 of March 13, 2020, which regulates the gross profit margin throughout the marketing chain for personal hygiene and cleaning items (23%).

It also oversees Price Control over 14 products in the basic food basket and advises parents of private schools for dissatisfactions in the service paid to educational centers, the entity recalled.

For complaints or reports, people can contact Acodeco on WhatsApp account 6330-3333, contact center 130 and citizen service line 311.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/acodeco-multas-de-hasta-10-mil-dolares-para-comercios-que-incumplan-venta-gradual-de-licor/

 

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Health Ministry studying  “new normal” strategies

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Posted 08/05/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa)  is developing  strategies to move to the "new normal", which will involve adjustments in behavior patterns but warns that flouting of the eased rules for the purchase of wine and beer could lead to the return of the dry law

Minister of Health, Rosario Turner said on Friday  that mitigation measures should be maintained including wearing masks,  physical distancing,  and hand washing,

She He also said that the Ministry’s budget will be reinforced by $36 million to buy protective equipment for health personnel, supplies, and to appoint personnel.

Minsa reported that Covid-19 cases rose to 8,070. Of the total, 3,006 are in isolation; 333 hospitalized (248 in the ward and 85 in intensive care), 4,500 l recoveries, and 231 deaths..

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-ministry-studying-new-normal-strategiesovid-1

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Tripartite  dialogue  table sets guidelines for exiting pandemic crisis

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Posted 09/05/2020

The tripartite dialogue table for the economy and labor development, created to overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, has established its operating methodology.

In a statement issued on Saturday, May 9 by the moderator, Juan Bosco Bernal highlights that a consensus was reached to set the way to carry out the dialogue, which consists of three points.

A regulation for the dialogue was agreed, and four thematic axes of discussion were established to analyze economic and labor issues and, the creation of technical commissions to address the issues.

"With this established operating methodology, it is expected that the parties present their specific proposals to find the solutions that the country so badly needs to begin to emerge from the deep labor, economic and social crisis in which it finds itself," the statement says.

The table will be in charge of analyzing and proposing the draft of the sectors that will possibly begin to reopen gradually to reactivate the country's economy.

The next meeting of the table made up of workers’ unions, the business sector and the Executive, will be on t Monday, May 11

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/tripartite-dialogue-table-sets-guidelines-for-exiting-pandemic-crisis

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Moderator comment: As an ex-navy sailor I'm borrowing an olde salt expression: "That ship has sailed" (at least for this current scenario). However, as mentioned in other postings in this topic, there are very strong opposing viewpoints regarding alcoholic beverages in Latin cultures, including Panama. This issue will surface again at some future time.

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Interior mayors continue crusade for maintaining  dry law

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Posted 09/05/2020

After issuing a harsh statement against the relaxation of the dry law, The  Association of Panama Municipalities (Amupa) stepped up the pressure on President, Laurentino, Corrizo, nut they lacked the support of the country’s biggest city.

Ampu sent a letter to the President asking him to better analyze the measure to lift the ban. Julio Vivies, mayor of Montijo, Veraguas, and president of Amupa, said that the municipalities are not in a position to face the problems presented by the sale and consumption of alcohol. He said they hope that Cortizo "understands that these practices, “will raise  the contagion curve of the coronavirus.”

The Minister of Commerce and Industries, Ramón Martínez, said that "the sale of liquor has a low incidence on contagion", so the decision was made to gradually relax the dry law.

Panama City mayor, José Luis Fábrega, had already stated that he will abide by the Executive's measure since limited purchase is established for moderate consumption at home.

With the country on lockdown through the weekend  supermarkets were preparing for the new provisions that will likely further stimulate a rush of customers on Monday.

The decree that relaxed the dry law published in the Official Gazette ., indicates that it can only be sold in retail and in closed containers. In addition, only one six-pack of beer or one bottle of wine or one of liquor of any kind can be sold to one person.

A restaurant delivering food to your home can only include one drink per order.

During the Friday conference on Covid-19,  Health Minister Rosario Turner warned last that if a breach of the gradual easing measures is observed, the ban will return.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/interior-mayors-continue-crusade-for-maintaining-dry-law

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Cortizo asks Trump for help with ventilators. tests

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President Laurentino Cortizo

Posted 09/05/2020

Panama  President Laurentino Cortizo, held a telephone conversation with US President Donald  Trump on Saturday to ask for support in the acquisition of hospital ventilators, and other supplies, to face the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump  “as a friend and ally offered help,” said Cortizo on his Twitter account. He said he also asked for support with, “PCR tests and serological tests, ” on a day when reports were published in the US of incorrect testing results as high  as 25%.

Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of President Cortizo's Tweet cited above.

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I just received a cordial call from President Donald Trump to brainstorm about the #Covid19 , enemy that is attacking our countries and our people. As a friend and ally he offered us help. I asked him for support with ventilators, PCR tests and serological tests.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/cortizo-asks-trump-for-help-with-ventilators-tests

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

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To:
Sent: 5/10/2020 1:22:23 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 10, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 10, 2020)

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

 

On May 8, the Government of Panama announced that both Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes.  For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend.

 

On May 9, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 8,282 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.

 

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 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.

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-19 for 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 humanitarian flights on May 15th and May 19th.

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Sent: 5/10/2020 1:18:37 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 10, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 10, 2020)

Location: Panama

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights

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 arranged for two commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  Those flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more.

 

For now, please closely monitor Spirit’s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 15 or May 19 flights from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL).

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future 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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As of late Sunday, May 10th, 2020 - 8,448 infected, 242 deaths, 4,687 recoveries. 42,657 Covid-19 tests administered (8,448 positives, 1,465 control tests, 32,744negatives).

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Tocumen is the "hotspot" in Panama, Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases.

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Panama bound humanitarian flight leaves France

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Posted 10/05/2020

A group of Panamanians stranded in France and  Spain left on a  humanitarian flight heading to Tocumen International on Sunday, May 10, reports the Panama  Embassy in Paris.

The flight was arranged through the coordination of h the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the French Embassy in Panama, and the Panama Embassy in Spain.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama-bound-humanitarian-flight-leaves-france-1

 

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Road map to easing business shutdown due Monday

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Posted 10/05/2020

The  first protocol for the gradual re-opening of Panama businesses will be published on Monday, May 11 said Health Minister Rosario Turner on Saturday, May 9.

Turner said that the post-pandemic ”new normal”  stage  “will include changes in the coexistence model, not only from the social and economic point of view, but also in the new public health policies, to avoid a second wave of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health  (Minsa) roadmap will include processes in epidemiological surveillance and compliance with regulations.

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Physical distancing will also be necessary; the use of masks and alcohol gel; taking the temperature before entering companies, and teleworking.

“The instructions issued by the Minsa to save lives are not just another option; they are the right path for all Panamanians to preserve the human right to health, "said Turner.

The minister's approaches coincide with those indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that society will have to get used to many changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at least until a vaccine is found.

Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said many may currently miss gestures such as shaking hands or hugging, but "you have to remain cautious" knowing the potential for spreading the virus.

Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, , said that any attempt to transit to more flexible measures in countries where quarantine is a measure to contain the virus will have to be taken with extreme caution and based on information on disease transmission patterns, the ability to perform tests, follow up on contacts and the availability of beds in hospitals.. A hasty decision could  lead to a second outbreak

The epidemiologist and director of the Metropolitan Health Region, Israel Cedeño, stressed that world statistics show that an epidemic,, needs between 8 and 10 weeks to reach the break-even point, but with COVID-19,  due to its high contagion rate, can last up to 12 weeks.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/road-map-to-easing-business-shutdown-due-monday

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Moderator comment: Given the market share of Avianca's flights to/from Tocumen, this posting is related to Panama.

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Avianca files for bankruptcy protection

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Posted 10/05/2020

Colombian airline Avianca announced on  Sunday, May 10, that the parent company and some of its subsidiaries have become one of the first airline companies devastated by the coronavirus pandemic requested to voluntarily file for Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, in order to preserve and reorganize their businesses.

The company takes this step due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused a 90% decrease in global passenger traffic and is expected to reduce industry revenues worldwide by $314 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the company said in a statement.

"The effects of the pandemic have led us to confront the most challenging crisis in our 100-year history as a company," said Anko van der Werff, CEO and President of Avianca Holdings. "Given the total suspension of our passenger operation and a recovery that will be gradual, entering this process is a necessary step to face our financial challenges," said the executive.

The Colombian airline said that throughout the process supervised by the court, it hopes to preserve operations "under the strictest biosafety protocols, as travel restrictions are gradually lifted"; ensure connectivity and boost investment and tourism, as well as cargo operations; preserve the jobs in Colombia and the rest of the markets in which they operate, being directly responsible for more than 21,000 direct and indirect jobs throughout Latin America; and restructure the company's balance sheet and obligations to face the effects of the pandemic, as well as manage its responsibilities, leases, aircraft orders, and other commitments.

Avianca, the second largest airline in the region, said it is holding discussions with the Colombian government, "regarding financing structures that would provide additional liquidity through the Chapter 11 process and that would play a vital role in ensuring that the company comes out of its reorganization as a highly competitive and successful airline in the Americas.”

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/avianca-files-for-bankruptcy-protection

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The protocol for reopening the economy promised for today has been published, in the form of a 25-page booklet.

The main gist of the booklet has been summarized in an article in today's La Prensa, and I offer my translation of the main part of that article:

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The guidelines "for the return to normality of post-Covid-19 companies in Panama", is published on the website of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Personnel from the Ministry, the Social Security Fund and the Ministry of Commerce and Industries participated in the preparation of the document, with the support of advisers from the Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The document includes the points that public institutions and private companies must comply with in order to "guarantee" a safe return for workers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Companies and entities, to return to operate and serve the public, must meet five points:

1. In each public entity, private company and every economic sector, a special health and hygiene committee must be created for the prevention and care of the new coronavirus, which will be in charge of enforcing the protocols and guides issued by the Minsa.

2. Workers, clients, suppliers and visitors must follow prevention measures and controls, such as frequent hand washing with soap and water (recommended every half hour), use alcohol-based gel and masks, maintain physical distance of at least 2 meters between people and have general protective equipment according to the work activity they carry out. In addition, areas and surfaces must be disinfected and debris must be properly managed.

3. The premises will have to establish special hours and restrict the number of people so that physical distance can be kept. The teleworking modality will help to fulfill this point.

4. Frequent monitoring of the symptoms of employees and clients must be carried out, as well as the taking of temperature. No one will be allowed to enter who sets a temperature of 38 degrees or more.

5. Work stress management and psychological help.

The return to work will be "gradual and scheduled", for which reason it is requested to establish special hours and promote modalities such as teleworking. "For face-to-face roles, avoid personnel from vulnerable groups: adults over 60 years of age, workers with comorbidity, pregnant women, etc., for whom teleworking may be considered."

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COMUNICADO N°76 MINSA valida lineamientos para reapertura de empresas

Domingo, 10 de Mayo de 2020

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La nueva normalidad, como se ha reiterado, será gradual, asimétrica y con participación social, lo que incluye a la familia y los distintos actores sociales del país, enfatizó la ministra de salud, Rosario Turner.

Por tanto, dijo Turner, Ministerio de Salud (MINSA) debe conducir el sistema nacional de salud en sinergia considerando aspectos culturales y el comportamiento del COVID-19 en cada región.

Hoy domingo el MINSA culminó el proceso de validación de los lineamientos sanitarios generales para la reapertura de empresas post COVID-19, y la guía sanitaria para las operaciones post COVID-19 para ventas al por menor con modalidad en línea de entrega a domicilio.

“En ese sentido es importante resaltar que la sociedad panameña y las estrategias desarrolladas por el Gobierno Nacional nos han permitido lograr un objetivo importante, mantener la continuidad de los servicios de salud y evitar su colapso, como ha ocurrido en otras naciones”, destacó Turner.

Esta ha sido una tarea compleja a nivel mundial y nacional, que ha obligado a las naciones implementar distintas herramientas en materia de innovación, adecuación de procesos, tanto sociales, como económicos y de salud.

En materia de salud, sostuvo la ministra, es evidente la necesidad de una reorganización del sistema público de salud panameño, dentro de la coordinación efectiva entre el MINSA y la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), que se ha evidenciado con la llegada del COVID-19 para lograr mejores resultados en la cobertura y atención de los pacientes y optimización de recursos.

Por ello el MINSA seguirá fortaleciendo la vigilancia y la trazabilidad de los casos COVID-19 que se presenten de una manera dinámica y con la participación de las empresas y distintas organizaciones, para que evitemos un rebrote en nuestro país.

La próxima semana se debe aprobar un presupuesto adicional para COVID-19 el cual se utilizará para nombrar 120 profesionales de la salud que serán preparados para lograr una trazabilidad más activa de los casos en el país.

Así mismo se está coordinado con el Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas la adquisición de pruebas serológicas con carácter de urgencia, para lograr determinar las personas susceptibles y tomar decisiones en cuanto a su tratamiento e intervenciones sanitarias, sin olvidar que hay una fuerte competencia de estos en el mercado internacional.

Igualmente, la ministra Turner sostuvo un encuentro con miembros del departamento de análisis y tendencia para fortalecer los sistemas de información que en el MINSA requieran una mayor coordinación para evidenciar con mayor transparencia y de manera oportuna los indicadores del COVID-19 en la República.

Informe epidemiológico

Al corte de hoy domingo 10 de mayo se reportan 4,687 pacientes recuperados, mientras que se registran 166 casos nuevos, para un total global de 8,448.

En aislamiento domiciliario se encuentran 3,188 personas (996 en hoteles), fallecidos 244, hospitalizados 329, divididos en 242 en sala y 87 en cuidados intensivos.

El MINSA reitera a la población seguir implementando las medidas como el distanciamiento físico, el lavado constante de manos y el uso correcto de mascarillas, las cuales son armas eficientes para erradicar el COVID-19.

Toda información oficial referente al COVID-19 en Panamá y las acciones del Gobierno Nacional se comunican a través de las cuentas oficiales del MINSA en las principales redes sociales y en su página web (www.minsa.gob.pa y www.yomeinformopma.org) también están disponibles en el centro de atención de llamadas 169 y el número de WhatsApp 69972539.

Plan Panamá Solidario sigue llevando ayuda a las familias panameñas

El Plan Panamá Solidario sigue llegando a las familias que más lo necesitan, 240,329 panameños hicieron uso del Vale Digital por un monto total de $15.9 millones de dólares. Se han entregado 880,828 bolsas de comida y 629,500 vale Panamá físicos.

El Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (MIDES), gracias a las donaciones del sector privado y en estrecha colaboración con su equipo de trabajadoras sociales de las diferentes regiones del país, han logrado hacer entrega de 20,000 latas de leche, beneficiando a más de 44 mil niños y niñas.

 

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COMMUNIQUÉ N° 76 MINSA validates guidelines for reopening companies

Sunday, May 10, 2020

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The new normality, as has been reiterated, will be gradual, asymmetric and with social participation, which includes the family and the different social actors in the country, emphasized the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner.

Therefore, Turner said, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) should conduct the national health system in synergy considering cultural aspects and the behavior of COVID-19 in each region.

Today, Sunday, MINSA completed the validation process of the general sanitary guidelines for the reopening of post-COVID-19 companies, and the sanitary guide for post-COVID-19 operations for retail sales with online delivery mode.

"In this sense, it is important to highlight that Panamanian society and the strategies developed by the National Government have allowed us to achieve an important objective, to maintain the continuity of health services and to avoid their collapse, as has happened in other nations," said Turner. .

This has been a complex task at the global and national level, which has forced nations to implement different tools in terms of innovation, adaptation of processes, both social, economic and health.

Regarding health, the minister said, the need for a reorganization of the Panamanian public health system is evident, within the effective coordination between MINSA and the Social Security Fund (CSS), which has been evidenced with the arrival of COVID -19 to achieve better results in the coverage and care of patients and optimization of resources.

For this reason, MINSA will continue to strengthen the surveillance and traceability of COVID-19 cases that are presented in a dynamic way and with the participation of companies and different organizations, so that we avoid a re-emergence in our country.

Next week, an additional budget for COVID-19 should be approved, which will be used to appoint 120 health professionals who will be prepared to achieve more active traceability of cases in the country.

Likewise, the acquisition of serological tests is urgently coordinated with the Gorgas Commemorative Institute, in order to determine the susceptible people and make decisions regarding their treatment and health interventions, without forgetting that there is strong competition from them in the market international.

Likewise, Minister Turner held a meeting with members of the analysis and trend department to strengthen the information systems that require greater coordination in MINSA in order to demonstrate the COVID-19 indicators in the Republic in a more transparent and timely manner.

Epidemiological report

At today's cut Sunday, May 10, 4,687 recovered patients are reported, while 166 new cases are registered, for a global total of 8,448.

In home isolation are 3,188 people (996 in hotels), 244 deceased, 329 hospitalized, divided into 242 in the ward and 87 in intensive care.

MINSA reiterates to the population to continue implementing measures such as physical distancing, constant handwashing, and the correct use of masks, which are efficient weapons to eradicate COVID-19.

All official information regarding COVID-19 in Panama and the actions of the National Government are communicated through the official MINSA accounts on the main social networks and on its website (www.minsa.gob.pa and www.yomeinformopma.org ) are also available at the call center 169 and the WhatsApp number 69972539.

Panama Solidarity Plan continues to bring aid to Panamanian families

The Panama Solidarity Plan continues to reach the families that need it most, 240,329 Panamanians made use of the Digital Voucher for a total amount of $ 15.9 million dollars. 880,828 bags of food and 629,500 physical Panama vouchers have been delivered.

The Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), thanks to donations from the private sector and in close collaboration with its team of social workers from different regions of the country, have managed to deliver 20,000 cans of milk, benefiting more than 44,000 children. and girls.

 

http://www.minsa.gob.pa/noticia/comunicado-ndeg76-minsa-valida-lineamientos-para-reapertura-de-empresas

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