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Significant pandemic milestones:

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

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Tocumen se mantiene como el corregimiento con más casos de Covid-19; en Chiriquí la cifra sigue aumentando

Henry Cárdenas P.
20 may 2020 - 09:18 AM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/tocumen-se-mantiene-como-el-corregimiento-con-mas-casos-de-covid-19-en-chiriqui-la-cifra-sigue-aumentando/

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Copa to slash flights and jobs as industry faces 3-year revival

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Posted 20/05/2020

The aviation industry will take at least three years to recover said  Pedro Heilbron CEO of Copa Airlines on Wednesday, May 20 in a La Prensa virtual forum.

He calculated that Copa Airlines, between April and December 2020, will operate with 19% of its available seating capacity, and in 2021, less than 41%.

The impact would be considerable, taking into account that the airline industry contributes 14% of the gross domestic product of the economy of Panama, with a generation of 238, 000 jobs.

"A large majority of airlines will not survive unless they have some state funding or subsidy," Heilbron said but “Copa is not going to ask for subsidy, nor state financing. We are going to maintain our own mechanisms ”.

He stressed that air connectivity is part of Panama's competitive advantages to host multinational companies because they serve the entire region and depend on air force and connectivity, Heilbron says.

He stressed that once passenger transport is reactivated, there must be coordination between countries regarding virus prevention protocols otherwise, there  will be chaos.

"Copa Airlines has a biosecurity committee and disaster recovery specialists, in addition to medical personnel and a medical committee, with whom the protocol for the first flight has been being planned," he said.

Panama prohibited commercial and passenger flights until June 22. Copa has not operated since May 23, except for humanitarian or medical supplies transport flights. For now, the airline does not have a date to resume operations, although Heilbron calculates that, if Panama lifts its ban on June 22, Copa could fly with 10% of its fleet in July and, at the end of the year, with 40 %.

That means that out of a fleet of 100 aircraft, they would operate with 40 or fewer.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/copa-to-slash-flights-and-jobs-as-industry-faces-3-year-revival

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Ending quarantine fatigue

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Posted 20/05/2020

The total quarantine and social isolation measures were aimed at controlling coronavirus infections and preventing hospitals and other health facilities from collapsing. The health authorities have managed to identify with great precision the contagion conglomerates, which in various parts of the national geography keep the rate of new infections above the expected level.
 
In other cities, such as Bogotá, absolute quarantine has been concentrated in these conglomerates, while opening with sanitary measures and physical distancing applies to the rest of society. 
 
This strategy avoids population fatigue, reduces the fatigue of health personnel and efficiently allocates human and health care resources to the most needy areas. It is appropriate to open the doors and expand activities in those areas with a low level of infection, making it easier for those at lower risk to move more freely. Panama has amply proven that it has the capacity to face the pandemic. Now let's demonstrate that we are capable of overcoming quarantine - LA PRENSA, May 20.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/ending-quarantine-fatigue

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Real Estate Market: Prices in the New Reality

It is predicted that in Panama due to the health and economic crisis the inventory of available properties will increase, a situation that will put downward pressure on property prices and rents, affecting mainly the office and commercial space segment.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Directors of the Panamanian Association of Real Estate Brokers and Developers (Acobir) estimate that in the context of the health crisis resulting from the covid-19 outbreak, sales or rental prices in the local market could contract between 20% and 25%.

You may be interested in "Real Estate Supply: How do Prices Behave?"

Luis Pimentel, president of Acobir, told Panamaamerica.com.pa that "... No one expected the pandemic, so the developers who finished their construction and were about to deliver have that inventory available right now'. Currently, the inventory in the residential segment of goods available for occupancy and pre-sales is more than 25 thousand units."

See "Rentals: Lower Occupancy, Lower Prices"

Elisa Suarez, executive director of the National Council of Housing Developers (Convivienda), explained that "... We are going to face a market where the demand will be quite contracted and where the supply will definitely have to be restructured. This leaves me to think that there is definitely a tendency for prices to fall in order to leave the inventory that we have so far."

For the executive, the industry must reinvent itself in this new business normalcy.

In CentralAmericaData we have information about the real estate market in the region, with figures such as prices per square meter according to area and type of property, preferences of residential buyers, data on green land, and many other interesting facts.

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

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

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Sent: 5/21/2020 8:49:13 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 21, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 21, 2020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

 

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

 

The Embassy arranged for 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.  The latest flight is now full.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 

 

For now, continue checking with Copa customer service (+507-217-2672) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 25 flight from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Miami, FL, USA (MIA). 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, 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. 

   

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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Patients in ICU lowest since April 2

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Posted 21/05/2020

The number  of patients  in ICU in Panama at 68 is the lowest since April 2  said the epidemiological report that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) gave on May 21

The highest record of people in the ICU, since the virus came to the country, was Thursday, April 8 with 107.

According to the Minsa report, there are 264 hospitalized in wards and 3,164 people in home isolation and hotels.

Divalá added a new case with respect to Tuesday's report, for a total figure of 68: while New Mexico remained at 64.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/patients-in-icu-lowest-since-april-2

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Chamber of Commerce stresses caution in phased re-opening

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Posted 21/05/2020

Panama’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP),  has underscored the phased reopening of the Panama economy when on  Thursday, May 21, during the inauguration of its new board of directors the new president of this union, Jean Pierre Leignadier, emphasized the need to proceed with caution with the gradual opening of the companies. He highlighted the need for a Constitutional Reform, especially in the Justice System and legal certainty as a requirement to attract investment. He also highlighted the need for the Legislative Body to avoid politicking and take its role in creating

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/chamber-of-commerce-stresses-caution-in-phased-re-opening

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Thermal Camera to Monitor Tocumen Passengers

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Posted 21/05/2020

When Tocumen International Airport reopens for business,   passengers will receive human temperature measurement by a thermal camera donated and installed  by Hikvision Panama, to strengthen preventive measures against COVID-19.

It is a Hikvision thermal imaging camera, , designed to detect the elevated skin surface temperature with high precision in real-time. With the use of artificial intelligence and the implementation of “ Deep Learning ” algorithms, it reveals the body heat of several people on the move, avoiding false alarms that can generate other sources of heat.

The equipment will be located in the airport's boarding area, and will be in operation starting next week, airport authorities reported .

In this way, the terminal will increase the filters so that before entering the various areas, the body temperature of the passengers can be measured.

“ The Panama Airport is the first in Central America to install this type of cameras in the context of the current health emergency to continue providing the service and at the same time collaborate with the humanitarian flights that were requested by different countries in the region, Panama being the center connection or hub flights, ”said Raffoul Arab, general manager of Tocumen International.

He said   that " the donation is very important for the Airport because it strengthens the biosecurity response capacity at times when it is most required and joins the adaptation plans that we have been developing to mitigate the impact of the current health emergency."

Rafael Shen, country Manager of Hikvision Panama, said that, with the equipment, body temperatures that are beyond the normal average in humans can be detected and in less than two seconds alert about a possible case of fever or high temperature in the people, having a measurement range between 28 and 42 degrees Celsius.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/thermal-camera-to-monitor-tocumen-passengers

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Moderator comment: This is a follow-on article to prior news about barriers at the Panama/Costa Rica border. Click Here to see the lead-in news articles.

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Agreement on transit  of Panama trucks through Costa Rica

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Posted 21/05/2020

The governments of Panama and Costa Rica r have eached an agreement that allows the transit of Panamanian carriers through Costa Rican territory.

Panamanian ministers Alejandro Ferrer (Foreign Relations), and Ramón Martínez (Commerce and Industries) participated in diplomatic efforts and negotiations to achieve the agreement.

Negotiations focused on coordinating measures that will guarantee the best health and safety conditions for Panamanian carriers said a statement on Wednesday. May 20

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/agreement-on-transit-of-panama-trucks-through-costa-rica

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Panama reopening  in 14-day steps

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Posted 21/05/2020

The process of reopening towards the "new normal" in Panama will see a block of activities reopened every 14 days, although that will depend on the Rt being below 1 said Health Minister Rosario Turner on Wednesday,  May 21 at a meeting between President Cortizo, government ministers and business leaders.

The   Rt is currently below 1, except in some hotspots like San Miguelito, Chiriqui, and PanamaOeste.

The economic reopening plan is divided into six blocks of activities. The first was launched on May 13 and includes retail stores, electronically; spare parts workshops; technical services; artisanal fishing, and aquaculture.

The second block includes construction - paralyzed since l March 25 -, non-metallic mining, industry parks, and churches and, but only with 25% of capacity and keeping a distance of 2 meters between people.

Turner stressed that all companies must prepare to comply with the reopening health protocols, which implies that each location must provide masks to staff; promote frequent hand washing and the use of alcoholic gel, and create a health committee, which will be responsible for monitoring that these measures and the care and follow-up of workers with symptoms of the disease are met.

"We agreed on the national priority of saving lives, maintaining and generating jobs," Cortizo said on his Twitter account.

"We are your best allies in this situation, but we also have to save lives," the president told the businessmen.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-reopening-in-14-day-steps

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

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Sent: 5/22/2020 8:10:13 AM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 22, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 22, 2020) 

   

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

On May 21, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 10,116 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. 

 

Starting May 18, exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating are now permissible if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window.  Sundays will remain a day of total quarantine. 

 

On May 15, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days until June 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

On May 12, MINSA announced that parents may take one child per family outside, near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building, during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. 

 

On May 11, the Government of Panama announced a gradual plan to reopen the economy beginning May 13.  For details, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  Movement restrictions remain in place and the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. 

 

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: 

  

 

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 a possible humanitarian flights.

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Sent: 5/22/2020 8:01:28 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 22, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 222020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

 

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

 

The Embassy arranged for 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.  The latest flight is now full.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 

 

For now, continue checking with Copa customer service (+507-217-2672) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 25 flight from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Miami, FL, USA (MIA). 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, 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. 

   

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.  

 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov 
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

State Department – Consular Affairs 
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

 

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding a possible humanitarian flights - May 27th and June 3rd.

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Sent: 5/22/2020 11:16:52 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 22, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 22, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by United Airlines (flight numbers – UA 3014 and UA 2417), scheduled for May 27 and June 3.  The flights 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 ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Houston may be limited. 

  

NOTE – Due to greater demand for these flights than the number of seats available, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us time 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 these flights.  The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·      May 25 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 5:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 9:15 a.m.  

·      May 27 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 United AIrlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

 

We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about the newly authorized United flights. 

  

For additional information about the United flights and to make reservations, please contact United Airlines directly.  Tickets sales for these United flights commenced prior to the authorization of this flight by the Government of Panama, and are ongoing.  

  

For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (Copa customer service  at +507-217-2672 or https://www.united.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. 

 

There are no guarantees for 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.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes

  

The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

  

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 Friday, May 22nd, 2020 - 9,977 infected, 287 deaths, 6,194 recoveries. It does not appear that Minsa is updating these statistics, so caution is advised with how you use or interpret them.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama with 564 cases.

Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases. Minsa reports the 14 cases in Alto Boquete, and the 3 cases in Bajo Boquete are recovered. That means no active coronavirus cases in the Boquete area.

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We've added David, and the "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá. A total of 132 cases in that area.

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Cargo Transport: Agreement between Panama and Costa Rica

The Panamanian government announced that it had reached an agreement with the Costa Rican authorities that Panamanian heavy transport units would be given a 72-hour period to load and unload goods in tax offices.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Arguing that it was an attempt to mitigate the spread of the covid-19, the Costa Rican presidency decided that from 18 May only transporters carrying out direct border-crossing would enter Costa Rican territory, whose units would be subject to police surveillance. In response to this announcement, Central American business and transport associations have spoken out against it and called for the restrictions to be lifted.

See "Cargo Transport: Nicaragua Closes Border"

In this context, Panamanian and Costa Rican authorities decided to address the issue and reached agreements to continue trade by land, reported the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama (Mici).

Also see "Cargo Transport: Request to Suspend Restrictions"

From the Mici's statement:

May 20th, 2020. Panamanian transporters will be able to load and unload merchandise in Costa Rican fiscal precincts that are previously designated and will have a total of 72 hours to do this operation, after the National Government and Costa Rican authorities negotiated the implementation of a pilot plan to facilitate bilateral trade while the COVID-19 pandemic lasts, informed today the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ramón Martinez de la Guardia.

Amidst diplomatic efforts and negotiations, where also participated the Foreign Minister Alejandro Ferrer and the General Director of the National Customs Authority, Tayra Barsallo; an agreement was established that contemplates better health and safety conditions for Panamanian cargo transporters, and to guarantee the supply of food and medicines.
 
"The National Government is optimistic about the agreement, since it will facilitate the flow of goods and regional trade in such a sensitive period in terms of health. In fact, this agreement includes the establishment of controlled routes, traceability and the use of authorized stops, as well as strict monitoring of health guidelines by the authorities of the sister country of Costa Rica," he said.
 
Minister Martinez reiterated that "our countries see it as imperative to seek temporary solutions that can be adapted to health and trade circumstances, but implemented quickly to make the border congestion will be reduced."
 
Last Monday, Panamanian and Central American authorities participated in a Special Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Economic Integration of Central America, where the formation of inter-institutional commissions per country was determined to present proposals that would help counteract the effect of the pandemic on regional trade development.

 

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

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Vuelos humanitarios se reanudan la próxima semana

Aminta Bustamante
23 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/vuelos-humanitarios-se-reanudan-la-proxima-semana/

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Gorgas institute gets $2million for rapid testing as virus cases pass 10,000

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Posted 22/05/2020

As Panama passed the  10,000 mark of Covid-19, cases the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported, on Thursday, May 21, that $2 million was awarded to the Gorgas Institute, to obtain  “As a priority” for more rapid tests.

The coronavirus cases increased to 10,116 (139 new), while the deaths reached  291).

Clinically recovered patients are 6,245. and in-home isolation there are 3,236 people (649 in hospital hotels).

344 hospitalized patients were reported: 278 inwards and 66 in intensive care units.

To date, 53,928 tests have been performed, of these 41,932 were negative and 11,996 positive.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/gorgas-institute-gets-2million-for-rapid-testing-as-virus-cases-pass-10000

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding a possible humanitarian flights - May 27th and June 3rd.

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------ Original Message ------
To:
Sent: 5/23/2020 4:54:47 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (23 May 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 232020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

 

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

 

The Embassy arranged for 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.  The latest flights are now full.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 

 

For now, continue checking with Copa customer service (+507-217-2672) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 25 flight from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Miami, FL, USA (MIA), and with United (https://www.united.com/) for openings in the May 27 and June 3 flights from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Houston, TX, USA (IAH) 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, 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. 

   

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 23rd, 2020 - 10,577 infected, 299 deaths, 6,279 recoveries. 56,755 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama with an increase to 603 cases.

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Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases. Minsa reports the 14 cases in Alto Boquete, and the 3 cases in Bajo Boquete are recovered. That means no active coronavirus cases in the Boquete area.

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We've added David, and the "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá. A recent increase to 156 cases (and increase of about 20) in that area.

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding a possible humanitarian flights - June 3rd and June 10th.

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------ Original Message ------
To:
Sent: 5/23/2020 10:15:16 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 23,2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 23, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK6511), scheduled for June 3 and June 10.  The flights 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 ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Fort Lauderdale may be limited. 

  

NOTE – Due to greater demand for these flights than the number of seats available, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us time 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 these flights.  The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·      May 25 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 5:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 9:15 a.m.  

·      May 27 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. 

·      June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·      June 10 Spirit Airlines, 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 the newly authorized Spirit flights. 

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit anticipates ticket sales for these flights will commence Saturday, May 23.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. 

  

For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (Copa customer service  at +507-217-2672, United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. 

 

There are no guarantees for 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.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes

  

The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

  

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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El Gobierno aún no define la fecha de reapertura del bloque 2

Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
24 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-gobierno-aun-no-define-la-fecha-de-reapertura-del-bloque-2/

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El uso de la cloroquina debe ser ‘reconsiderado’ para Covid-19

Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
24 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-uso-de-la-cloroquina-debe-ser-reconsiderado-para-covid-19/

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PANAMA Phase 2 reopening set for May 26

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Posted 23/05/2020

Step 2  towards the reopening of Panama’s economy will begin on Tuesday, May 26, if the Rt (number of transmissions per person) and epidemiological indicators are in line, said   Dr. Julio Sandoval, an intensive care specialist and a key member of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), advisory team.

In making the announcement Dr. Sandoval warned the younger levels of the population between 20 and 50 years old: to not trust the coronavirus.

A week ago, the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, announced that an economic block would be opened every 14 days.

The economic reopening plan was divided into six blocks of activities. The first was launched on May 13 and included some retail outlets electronic spare parts workshops; technical services; artisanal fishing, and aquaculture.

The second block includes the construction industry  - paralyzed since t March 25 - of public infrastructure works, non-metallic mining, industry and churches and parks, but only with 25% of capacity and keeping a distance of 2 meters between people.

Dr Sandoval highlighted that a large part of the young population is part of the work activities that are within this second block.

"This Tuesday the second block will be reactivated and we invite the population to put into practice everything that has been learned regarding sanitary measures," he said.

He also explained that the sports and social areas to which the block refers correspond to that of the PH structures, and does not include golf courses, swimming pools, gyms, among others.

“Any opening of the blocks will depend on the Rt and the epidemiological indicators.

He reminded the population between 20 and 50 years old that despite the fact that some statistics on COVID -19  statistics favor them, those same numbers also indicate that 76% of total cases, 57% of hospitalized patients and 28% of deaths are   in the age range.

"It is not a disease only of older adults," said the doctor based on epidemiological reports from Minsa, which so far account for a total of 10,267 cases, 339 hospitalized and 295 accumulated deaths.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-phase-2-reopening-set-for-may-26

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Bancarrota no afectará vuelos de Avianca a Panamá

Bancos en EU y Colombia reclaman al grupo aéreo más de mil millones de dólares y 9 aeronaves.
 
Alex E. Hernández V.
23 may 2020 - 10:52 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/economia/bancarrota-no-afectara-vuelos-de-avianca-a-panama/

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Medidas sanitarias

Bloque 2 de la ‘nueva normalidad’

Mariblanca Staff Wilson
24 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

 

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

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Sanitary measures
Block 2 of the ‘new normality’

Mariblanca Staff Wilson
May 24, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Block 2 of the roadmap programmed by the government towards the “new normal”, includes construction activities in its form of public infrastructure, non-metallic mining, areas and places of worship, social and sports only to a capacity 25% and keeping a distance of two meters, the opening of which is expected, according to the authorities, more or less for the last week of May, depending on the behavior of block 1 to avoid further contagion from Covid-19, which Until Thursday, May 21, it exceeded 10,000 infections, 291 died and 6,245 recovered.

Although it is true, the reactivation of work, economic and business activities is essential, the question arises as to whether there has been prior preparation and training, at least basic, in terms of controls, measures and sanitary security, contemplated in the established protocol. in Resolution DM-137-2020 of March 16, 2020, for the reopening of activities, which can guarantee that there will be no new outbreak of infections. Will it be safe for people to enter establishments that have been closed and exposed to the virus for more than two months?

We want to return to “normality” as soon as possible, but the majority of the population is not yet aware that nothing will return to normal, not after a few weeks, or even a few months. You have to prepare mentally and psychologically for this new reality. Reality that implies drastically changing the way we do what we do every day: how to work, play sports, travel, shop, monitor health, educate and care for the family, how to relate, among other things. In short, we have to adapt to new ways of living, working and relating.

Success can only be achieved with the help of the entire population, because we are facing a marathon, in which speed does not matter but endurance and discipline to reach the goal healthy and alive.

 

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/opinion/bloque-2-de-la-nueva-normalidad/

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