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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
  • July 25th: Full weekend quarantine (lockdown) re-implemented for Panama; Click Here
  • July 27th: More restrictive mobility constraints including gender restrictions re-implemented, including Chiriqui Province; Click Here and Click Here

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OPINION: Flouting virus rules costs lives

Posted 05/06/2020

The number of infections from Covid-19 has grown significantly. This is due to the existence of clusters in various parts of the country, but also to the indifferent attitude of a segment of the population. The civil servants who are fighting the pandemic face great limitations and the challenges that must be addressed seem endless. This should be enough for us all to be in solidarity and much more responsible with our neighbors. There are no police or health personnel in the world who can permanently monitor irresponsible and unintelligent people. It is lacking that more citizens wear masks and maintain social distancing. Even so, those who have the resources to take care of themselves in the best hospitals to get sick cannot feel safe. The health inequality gap punishes this society and protects no one. The reopening of economic activities should be seen as a way to alleviate unemployment and hunger in many households. It is a pity that for a few inconsiderate, those who complied with quarantine and sanitary regulations are threatened in their health and well-being. Indifference kills.- LA PRENSA June 5

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-flouting-virus-rules-costs-lives

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Moderator comment: Read the entire article to understand the scope of the restricted mobility on Sunday, June 7th. Highlighting added by the Moderator.

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Total Sunday lockdown returns to Panama as rules flouted

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Distributing masks in El Chorillo

Posted 05/06/2020

The round the clock  curfew will return to Panama and Panama West from 5pm Saturday, June 6  to  5 am Monday, June 8 avoid the collapse of the health system as clusters of coronavirus cases continue to spread reports the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

On Thursday June  435 new infections  were reported and the death toll climbed to 363.

The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, said that due to the "behavior" of a part of the population ch has not complied with sanitary provisions, the curfew will be extended in the provinces of Panama and West Panama.In the rest of the country, the curfew is maintained from 7:00 pm and until 5:00 am

Sanitary fences have been imposed in the Chiriquí Grande district, as well as in the Bocas del Toro communities of Pantanal and Finca 01 in the Changuinola district, and in the La Solution neighborhood.

On Thursday. June 4 representatives of the ministries of Health, Social Development, Agricultural Development, and Public Safety met to strengthen actions against Covid-19, including taking samples and delivering masks and food in the townships with the largest number of cases.

According to the latest reports some 20 townships have the Rt (contagions per person) above 1. These include Santiago in Veraguas, Pacora, Calidonia, Curundú, and Tocumen in the province of Panama. Two of the clusters are in correctional facilities.

Public health specialist and former representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) , Jorge Luis Prosperi, said that it is necessary to act aggressively in these townships.  

In addition, the director of the Metropolitan Health Region, Israel Cedeño, stated that 60% of cases are reported in the townships within his jurisdiction at the national level, which is why they are reinforcing sanitary and control measures.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/total-sunday-lockdown-returns-to-panama-as-rules-flouted

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

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Sent: 6/6/2020 8:23:44 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 6, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 6, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights.  The first two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19.  The third flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM 4982), and is scheduled for June 20.  There are no additional flights planned at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  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 and Miami may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

 

NOTE – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned at this time.  We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·     June 10 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·     June 10 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. 

·     June 12 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 19 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 20 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines and Copa Airlines directly.  The Embassy expects these tickets to be available soon, if they are not on sale already, and encourages you to check their websites regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Spirit’s website at https://www.spirit.com, or Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings. 

 

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 will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate.   

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

 

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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Ministerio de Salud refuerza puntos de control sanitario en Veraguas, la tercera provincia con más casos de Covid-19

Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
06 jun 2020 - 12:34 PM

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/ministerio-de-salud-refuerza-puntos-de-control-sanitario-en-veraguas-la-tercera-provincia-con-mas-casos-de-covid-19/

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As of late Saturday, June 6th, 2020 - 15,463 infected, 370 deaths, 9,618 recoveries. 74,231 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama.

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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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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 200 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Hundreds of Panama restaurants and bars and  over 30,000 jobs will disappear

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Posted 06/06/2020

While 45% of Panama restaurants struggle to stay alive by providing a limited “home delivery   one in four that were operating before the pandemic will not be around when the country reaches  the “new normal.”  

The Panama Restaurant Association has 550 members and less than half are staying afloat by offering a limited takeout menu.

The Association calculates that 137 of them, burdened by debt and the lack of liquidity will disappear along with thousands of jobs.

The Association of Restaurants, Bars and Discotheques estimates that 300 of its  858 members will not be around after the pandemic. 

The size o of the sector in the labor arena is significant. The Restaurant Association estimates that its members have about 25,000 employees, almost all with suspended. contracts. Bars and clubs, have another 8,000 employees waiting to return, something that will take time as  they are in the fifth and sixth reopening blocks.  Restaurants are in the fourth block.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/hundreds-of-panama-restaurants-and-bars-and-over-30000-jobs-will-disappear

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Veraguas sanitary fence rightened as virus cases mount

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Distributing information and masks in Santiago

Posted 06/06/2020

The Ministry of Health has strengthened the sanitary fence around Veraguas to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Divisa checkpoint has been reinforced  and another installed in Caliber and public education campaigns have been stepped up.

The vice-minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, said the control posts will limit the number of people from other provinces entering  Veraguas where   he said “Most of the cases are community-based.”.

Veraguas is currently the third province in the country with the most cases of Covid-19 with 781 cases, second only to Panama and West Panama. It is home to  Santiago  the community  with the highest Rt (infections per person transmission rate) at  3.27. The national average is 1.28. The virus is deemed too be under control when the Rt falls below 1.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/veraguas-sanitary-fence-rightened-as-virus-cases-mount

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Medical staff walk door to door testing for virus

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Posted 06/06/2020

Medical personnel of the Social Security Fund (CSS), and the Ministry of Health in Panama West, went from house to house in the community of Vista Azul in El Tecal de Arraiján on Saturday, June 6, to identify positive cases of COVID 19.

The rapid response team led by  Health planner Elvis Villarreal, , went door to door, to find out if any of the residents suffered from respiratory problems. If confirmed, the swab test was performed.

"What we are looking for is to stop that transmission line, detecting positive cases, quarantining them, and medicating them,"  said  Villarreal.

He added that the initiative was launched because  Arraiján is the district with the highest number of positive cases in all of Western Panama.

In Panamá Oeste there the towns of  Arraiján Cabecera, Burunga, Vista Alegre, Veracruz, Juan Demóstenes Arosemena,  Cerro Silvestre have  multiple cases.

The visits included promotion to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and, that at the first symptom, residents present themselves to the nearest health facility.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/medical-staff-walk-door-to-door-testing-for-virus

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Panamá restablece toque de queda por sexo, al tiempo que suma 541 casos COVID-19

La restricción en Panamá y Panamá Oeste entra en vigencia este lunes 8 de junio. Hoy se reportaron 16 muertes, el máximo registro del país en un día

Por Daniel M. Alarco

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El toque de queda total inició este sábado a las 5:00 pm y se extenderá hasta las 5:00 am del lunes 8 de junio Roberto Barrios | La Estrella

Luego de una reunión entre la ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, y su equipo de asesores desde las 3:00 pm de este sábado 6 de junio, las autoridades decidieron volver a decretar la restricción de movilidad según el último número de la cédula y el sexo en las provincias de Panamá y Panamá Oeste.

Este mismo sábado se registraron 541 nuevos casos positivos y 16 muertos por COVID-19; esta última cifra, la mayor reportada en el país en un día.

Nadja Porcell, directora de Salud del Minsa, explicó que el toque de queda por cédula ―que restringe la movilidad de cada persona a dos horas― y sexo ―un día mujeres y el otro hombres― responde al aumento de casos positivos.

Porcell añadió que el restablecimiento de esta estricta medida se debe también al "relajamiento en el cumplimiento del uso de mascarillas", "el distanciamiento en las filas para ingresar a los comercios" y, sobre todo, a uno de los problemas más graves que sufre una buena parte de la población en ambas provincias: "el distanciamiento físico en el transporte público".

Aunado a lo anterior, las autoridades sustentan el endurecimiento de esta medida sanitaria en "la alta movilidad de personas hacia el interior de la República, exponiéndose a la propagación del virus".

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"Es importante recalcar que la apertura de las empresas del bloque dos se mantiene, reforzando el seguimiento y evaluación de las guías y protocolos establecidos de bioseguridad dictaminadas por el Minsa, en coordinación con el Mitradel, el MICI y la CSS",

Nadja Porcell
Directora de Salud del Minsa

Informe epidemiológico

En el mundo se registran 6,772,361 pacientes positivos COVID-19 y 395,703 muertes, es decir, una letalidad del 6%, según el Minsa.

En el caso de Panamá, se registran 16,004 y 381 decesos, esto es, una letalidad arriba del 2%. 

Al corte de este sábado 6 de junio se registran 10,118 pacientes recuperados, en aislamiento domiciliario 5,093, en hoteles 607, hospitalizados en sala 329 y en cuidados intensivos 83.

Las zonas que siguen presentando niveles preocupantes de casos COVID-19 positivos, destacó el Minsa, son: Panamá Oeste, Panamá Metro, San Miguelito y Veraguas.

En estas áreas del país se extendió el horario de toma de muestras de hisopados en los centros de salud ubicados en los corregimientos de Calidonia, 24 Diciembre, Chilibre, Alcalde Díaz y El Chorrillo.

 

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

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Panama restores curfew by sex, while adding 541 COVID-19 cases

The restriction in Panama and Panama West comes into effect this Monday, June 8. Today 16 deaths were reported, the country's highest record in one day

By Daniel M. Alarco
Updated 06/06/2020 18:30

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The total curfew began this Saturday at 5:00 pm and will run until 5:00 am on Monday, June 8 Roberto Barrios | The star

After a meeting between the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, and her team of advisers from 3:00 pm on Saturday June 6, the authorities decided to re-enact the mobility restriction according to the last number of the ID and the sex in the provinces of Panamá and Panamá Oeste.

This same Saturday, 541 new positive cases and 16 deaths from COVID-19 were registered; the latter figure, the highest reported in the country in one day.

Nadja Porcell, director of Health of the Minsa, explained that the curfew by ID card - which restricts the mobility of each person to two hours - and sex - one day women and the other men - respond to the increase in positive cases.

Porcell added that the reestablishment of this strict measure is also due to "relaxation in compliance with the use of masks", "the distance in the lines to enter shops" and, above all, one of the most serious problems that it suffers a good part of the population in both provinces: "physical distance on public transport".

In addition to the above, the authorities support the tightening of this sanitary measure in "the high mobility of people towards the interior of the Republic, exposing themselves to the spread of the virus."

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 "It is important to emphasize that the opening of the companies in block two is maintained, reinforcing the monitoring and evaluation of the established biosafety guides and protocols issued by the Minsa, in coordination with the Mitradel, the MICI and the CSS",

Nadja Porcell
Director of Health of the Minsa

Epidemiological report

In the world 6,772,361 COVID-19 positive patients and 395,703 deaths are registered, that is, a lethality of 6%, according to the Minsa.

In the case of Panama, 16,004 and 381 deaths are registered, that is, a case fatality above 2%.

At the close of this Saturday, June 6, there are 10,118 recovered patients, in home isolation 5,093, in hotels 607, hospitalized in room 329 and in intensive care 83.

The areas that continue to present worrying levels of positive COVID-19 cases, highlighted the Minsa, are: Panamá Oeste, Panamá Metro, San Miguelito and Veraguas.

In these areas of the country, swab sampling hours were extended at health centers located in the towns of Calidonia, 24 Diciembre, Chilibre, Alcalde Díaz and El Chorrillo.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200606/panama-restablece-toque-queda-sexo-suma-541-casos-covid-19

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People want to get back to normal.  Opening mobility to many, connotes "normal".  With that attitude comes a degree of relaxation of personal protection and distancing.   The Rep of Panama is again re-doubling efforts in mobility restriction as increases in cases are notable in hot spots.     For me personally, I am really trying to be  all the more aware of where increased risks are, and stay very masked and distanced.  I feel a bit more vulnerable right now ( Just saying. Others I know do not agree)   The high communicability of the virus with asymptomatic carriers, make the efforts of control ongoing. 

The learning curve and body of medical knowledge on this virus and what it's doing to the bodies of those infected is ever increasing .  Inflammation within the blood vessels and blood clotting seem to be  common findings of late as data is being compiled following the  recovered victims  medically.   I believe there are currently more leanings toward the use of hydroxichloroquine as it does have an anti inflammatory action. For the moderately infected it is showing promise. Drug studies on it's use in COVID treatment are pretty much back closer to square one .  (The early research data was deemed not to be reliable for the way in which  the study was structured.  Both Lancet Journal of Medicine and as well the physicians writing the article on heart arrythmias associated  with hydroxichloroquine   recanted and withdrew their article.)   ....the beat goes on. 

   Alison, Nurse

Understanding the Puzzling Pathology of COVID-19

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House to house testing in hot spots within Arraiján....wow, that's a lot of testing !

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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 (June 7, 2020)
 

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

    

Event:  COVID-19 Situation – Return to Quarantine in Panama Oeste and Panama Provinces  

 

On June 6, the government announced that the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste will return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number, starting on June 8.  Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: 

 

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
  • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday 

 

Additionally, movement will be restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  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. 
  • Weekends are quarantine from 5:00pm on Friday until 5:00am on Monday. 
  • 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.  Other provinces in Panama will continue with the curfew that began on June 1 (see details below).   

  

On June 6, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 16,004 cases of COVID-19.  

  

This weekend the curfew was extended for Panama Oeste and Panama provinces.  On Saturday, June 6 curfew began at 5 p.m. and will last until Monday, June 8 at 5 a.m.  Curfew for all other provinces remains from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning.  

  

MINSA also announced on June 4 that a health cordon has been declared in the district of Chiriqui Grande, and in the communities of Pantanal and Finca 1 in Changuinola, and Solución in Bocas del Toro.  

  

On June 2, 2020, the Government of Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) published a resolution stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Any individual not wearing a mask is subject to possible detention and fine.  

  

The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel.   

  

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.  

  

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 June 1, the Government of Panama ended the quarantine with movement restrictions based on ID number and gender.  This change remains in effect for all provinces except Panama and Panama Oeste.  For all other provinces, the quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday.  Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker.  The use of masks and social distancing are still required.  This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing.  

  

Also on June 1, the second economic block opened. The sectors included in that block are: public construction, mining of non-metals, and industry.  Religious sites, parks, social areas, and sporting areas are also allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.  For more details about the Government of Panama’s plan to gradually reopen the economy, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  The Government of Panama will evaluate every two weeks, but the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. 

 

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 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 March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

  

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. 

 

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 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. 

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

  

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. 

  

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

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Sent: 6/7/2020 11:21:31 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 7, 2020)
 

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

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights.  The first two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19.  The third flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM 4982), and is scheduled for June 20.  There are no additional flights planned at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  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 and Miami may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

 

NOTE – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned at this time.  We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·     June 10 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·     June 10 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. 

·     June 12 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 19 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 20 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines and Copa Airlines directly.  The Embassy expects these tickets to be available soon, if they are not on sale already, and encourages you to check their websites regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Spirit’s website at https://www.spirit.com, or Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings. 

 

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 will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate.   

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

 

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.   

  

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Minsa adelanta recomendaciones para reapertura de salas de bellezas; uso de mascarillas quirúrgicas será obligatorio

Henry Cárdenas P.
07 jun 2020 - 04:13 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/minsa-adelanta-recomendaciones-para-reapertura-de-salas-de-bellezas-uso-de-mascarillas-quirurgicas-sera-obligatorio/

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QUARANTINE BACK - 16 deaths in one day ICU crisis

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Posted 07/06/2020

QUARANTINE IS BACK after 16  deaths in one day

Just one week after controls on mobility were eased on June 1,The Ministry of Health   (Minsa)  has reimposed  restrictions and once again  shopping will be limited to alternate days for males  and females at hours determined by the last digits on ID documents. a setback back to reactivating  Panama’s economy.

The move which will take effect on Monday was announced Saturday. June 6 after 16 people died of the coronavirus in 24 hours and reports emerged of an ICU crisis.

Nadja Porcell, national director of Public Health, said  that the decision was adopted after evaluating the report of the new positive cases in recent days,  showing relaxation in the use of the mask and the failure to comply with physical distancing.

The daily death toll is the highest since the virus arrived on March 9. It is also the epidemiological week with the most cases since the start of the pandemic: 2,986 registered between May 31 and June 6.

The announcement coincides with the fact that the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex) is operating at its maximum capacity. The director, Enrique Lau Cortés, said that the occupation is at 90%.

In the hospital’s ICU  there are about 100 beds, mostly enabled since the first case of Covid-19 appeared.

Eight days ago the complex which cares for 87% of the population, reported that of the 190 intensive care beds it has throughout the country, 54 were available; while of 254 mechanical fans, a total of 148 were unused.

Now in the Hospital Complex, of some 100 existing intensive care beds, occupancy reached 90%.

The director of the CSS, Enrique Lau Cortés, said that they have begun to adapt 30 more intensive care beds in an area close to the Emergency Room of the Hospital Complex. "

Lau Cortés said he is "hopeful" that the Minsa will put into operation the modular hospital so that they can use it as an "escape valve", since there are 20 intensive care beds and 80 hospital beds that they could also operate as intensive care.

Julio Osorio, intensivist doctor and secretary of the National Negotiating Medical Commission, explained that the Health indicators establish that in ICUs the occupation must not exceed 85%, because otherwise there would be a risk of saturation.

In the case of the Hospital Complex, Osorio indicated that the ideal is for the ICU to exclusively serve patients without Covid-19. "What we recommend is that in the Hospital City a space be enabled to only have patients there with the Covid-19,"

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/quarantine-back-16-deaths-in-one-day-icu-crisis

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Virus total tops 16.000 with 386 deaths

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People ignore social distancing guidelines

Posted 07/06/2020

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Panama climbed to 386 on Saturday, June 6 and 541 new cases brought the total of infections since the first case 88 days ago to 16,004. There are 88 people in ICU

Worrying levels of COVID-19 cases in  Panamá Oeste, Panamá Metro, San Miguelito, and Veraguas have led to the re-imposition of quarantine.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/virus-total-tops-16000-with-386-deaths

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Humanitarian pass needed for travel to Interior

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Posted 07/06/2020

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) re-affirmed on  Saturday, June 6 that people wishing to travel from the capital to another province by bus or car  must carry a humanitarian safe-conduct. In addition, carriers have an obligation to ensure that only 50% or 60% of the vehicle is  occupied," said  a statement.. (File photo-Albrook terminal)

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/humanitarian-pass-needed-for-travel-to-interior

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

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Sent: 6/8/2020 10:11:06 AM
Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 8, 2020)
 

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 8, 2020)  

    

Event:  COVID-19 Situation – Return to Quarantine in Panama Oeste and Panama Provinces  

 

On June 7, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 16,425 cases of COVID-19. 

 

On June 7, MINSA published a resolution regarding movement restrictions in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste.  These provinces will return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number beginning June 8.  Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: 

 

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
  • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday.  Saturday until 5pm 

 

Additionally, movement will be restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  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 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply). 
  • Weekend curfew for the month of June is from from 5:00pm on Saturday until 5:00am on Monday. 
  • 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.  Other provinces in Panama will continue with the curfew that began on June 1 (see details below).   

  

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.  

  

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.  

  

MINSA announced on June 4 that a health cordon has been declared in the district of Chiriqui Grande, and in the communities of Pantanal and Finca 1 in Changuinola, and Solución in Bocas del Toro.  

  

On June 2, 2020, MINSA published a resolution stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Any individual not wearing a mask is subject to possible detention and fine. 

 

Starting June 1, the Government of Panama ended the quarantine with movement restrictions based on ID number and gender.  This change remains in effect for all provinces except Panama and Panama Oeste.  For all other provinces, the quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday.  Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker.  The use of masks and social distancing are still required.  This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing.  The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel.   

  

Also on June 1, the second economic block opened. The sectors included in that block are: public construction, mining of non-metals, and industry.  Religious sites, parks, social areas, and sporting areas are also allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.  For more details about the Government of Panama’s plan to gradually reopen the economy, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  The Government of Panama will evaluate every two weeks, but the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. 

 

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 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 March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

  

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. 

 

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 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. 

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

  

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 concerning humanitarian flights.

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Sent: 6/8/2020 10:08:50 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 8, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 8, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight 

  

The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights.  The first two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19.  The third flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM 4982), and is scheduled for June 20.  There are no additional flights planned at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  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 and Miami may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

 

NOTE – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned at this time.  We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

 

·     June 10 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 

·     June 10 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. 

·     June 12 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 19 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 20 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. 

 

For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines and Copa Airlines directly.  The Embassy expects these tickets to be available soon, if they are not on sale already, and encourages you to check their websites regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Spirit’s website at https://www.spirit.com, or Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings. 

 

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 will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate.   

 

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

 

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 Monday, June 8th, 2020 - 16,854 infected, 398 deaths, 10,401 recoveries. 79,268 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen remains the "hotspot" in Panama.

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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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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David reporting 200 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Moderator comment: The 15 page study (in English) published by scientists from McMaster University (Canada) in The Lancet magazine on June 1st that is the basis for this article is available directly below this article in PDF format.

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Ciencia confirma eficacia de distancia física, mascarilla y gafas

Mantener más de un metro de distancia física, usar mascarillas y protectores oculares se considera la mejor manera de reducir la transmisión del SARS-CoV-2.
 
Aleida Samaniego C
09 jun 2020 - 12:00 AM

 

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Science confirms effectiveness of physical distance, mask and glasses

Maintaining more than a meter of physical distance, wearing masks and eye protection are considered the best way to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Aleida Samaniego C
Jun 09, 2020 - 12:00 AM

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Health authorities constantly reiterate to the population that it is important to maintain physical distance and use masks when leaving their home, in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Román Dibulet

Physical distance of more than a meter, the use of masks and glasses are the best shields that people have to reduce the possibility of becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which transmits the Covid-19 disease.

This was concluded by a study published by scientists from McMaster University in Canada in The Lancet magazine on June 1.

The scientific publication showed that the risk of infection is 12.8% at a distance of one meter, and it reduces to 2.6% at more than one meter away.

Regarding the masks, the scientists state that without this protection the risk of virus transmission is 17.4% and with it it is reduced to 3.1%.

Also, the reduction of infection is demonstrated with the use of eye protectors, such as glasses.

Rodrigo DeAntonio, an epidemiologist and who is part of the team of the Coronavirus Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, explained that this study consolidates the evidence from various observational analyzes that support the guidelines that the physical distance of at least 1 meter or more reduces transmission. of the new coronavirus, and that the greater the distance there is, the better.

He recommended that the population ensure that they comply with the measures of physical distance, use of face masks and hand washing.

In the study published by The Lancet, scientists stress that health authorities should take these conclusions into account when developing protection policies against the virus.

The scientific formula to avoid the spread of the virus

Physical distancing and the use of protective implements such as masks and glasses to prevent the spread of Covid-19 disease are recurring recommendations of the authorities of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to the population to face the pandemic.

The importance of physical distance and the use of masks and glasses was confirmed by a study carried out by McMaster University in Canada and published on June 1 in the scientific journal The Lancet.

Experts analyzed 172 observational studies from 16 countries evaluating distance measures, masks, and eye protection to prevent transmission of patients with confirmed or probable Covid-19, SARS, or MERS infection to people close to them (for example, caregivers, family members , health workers).

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Subsequently, 44 comparative meta-analyzes with 25,697 patients affected by Covid-19 or their relatives were included in the published work; and the SARS-CoV-2 and MERS coronaviruses.

The complete analysis of the evidence led Canadian scientists to conclude that maintaining a distance of at least one meter apart from other people significantly reduces the risk of contagion, but it is much more reduced to two meters away.

Finding

The investigation showed that the risk of infection is 12.8% at a distance of one meter, and it is reduced to 2.6% at more than one meter away.

The scientists also analyzed the available data on the usefulness of eye protection, allowing them to establish that the use of screens or glasses can be a useful tool against the virus (the risk of infection goes from 16% to 5.5%). In addition, as in the case of masks, the researchers acknowledge that, in this field, the evidence that exists so far is low, so new research should be carried out in this regard.

Regarding the masks, the document indicates that without this protection the risk of virus transmission is 17.4% and with it it is reduced to 3.1%.

In fact, the study data indicates that FFP2 or KN95 masks are more effective than surgical or reusable ones. However, given the lack of availability in many contexts of the most efficient filtering masks, such as FFP2 or KN95, their use should be prioritized in healthcare personnel.

Rodrigo DeAntonio, an epidemiologist and who is part of the team of the Advisory Committee for the Minsa Coronavirus, explained that this study consolidates the evidence from various observational analyzes, which supports the guidelines that the physical distance of at least 1 meter or more reduces the transmission of the new coronavirus, and the greater the distance the better.

He added that the available evidence also suggests that the proper use of masks and eye protection in public and healthcare settings would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

In this sense, Minsa personnel have been in various parts of the capital city in recent weeks, verifying the correct use of masks and raising awareness about physical distancing and handwashing.

In research published in The Lancet, scientists stress that health authorities should take these findings into account when developing virus protection policies.

Recommendations

Given these results, the main suggestion of the Minsa advisers and authorities is that the population ensure compliance with the measures of physical distance, the use of face masks and hand washing.

However, last week it was evident that in Panama a percentage of the population is not complying, for example, with the distancing measure. On June 1, when the quarantine measure was lifted, crowds were observed to enter supermarkets or board a bus and even in recreation areas.

Néstor Sosa, an infectologist and former director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, maintained that one of the factors influencing the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country is that people are not keeping physical distance or do not use the masks.

He explained that it is very difficult to physically distance oneself in a residence with a bedroom and where 6 or more people live, and where the person who works is in the dilemma of buying rice, powdered gel or a mask to protect themselves.

Available epidemiological information suggests that Covid-19 disease strikes the poorest people in the country the most. In Panama, there are an estimated 777 thousand Panamanians living in multidimensional poverty.

 

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/ciencia-comprueba-eficacia-de-escudos-contra-el-virus/

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Thoughts.   Drinking alcohol in groups (not seen)  might cause some clusters..  Less distancing , less mask wearing.  How else do you explain the clusters we see  in Divala' and New Mexico here in Chiriqui.?   Merely a hunch.  If you enjoy a drink now and then you might want to ensure purchase of your supply before there is another slam on liquor sales.   

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Supreme Court extends suspension as Covid expands

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Posted 08/06/2020

Panama’s Supreme  Court has extended the suspension of judicial terms until June 21 in the first, second and third judicial circuits, following the increase in cases of Covid-19.

The measure was announced on Monday, June 8  following an extraordinary plenary of the court. The suspension includes the districts of Panama, San Miguelito, Arraiján, La Chorrera, Chame and San Carlos, the regions in which the Ministry of Health revealed an increase in the numbers of new infections and announced the expansion of restrictions on personal mobility in the provinces of Panama and West Panama.

Terms have been suspended since March 16.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/supreme-court-extends-suspension-as-covid-expands

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Poverty plays role in quarantine return

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Posted 08/06/2020

The reintroduction of  lockdown  is a temporary measure  introduced because of the surge in new cases of COVID-19 said  Minister of health Rosario Turner, at a Sunday June 7  press conference

She announced some changes in the rules governing mobility including that that adults over 60 years and people with disabilities can circulate from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, according to sex. In addition, and children can leave home at the time that corresponds to their parents, or responsible adults.

Jorge Motta former director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute and head of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation said:“My concern d about this decision to restrict mobility, is that the increase in cases began to occur approximately on May 23, during the previous quarantine, which suggests that important measures such as diagnostic tests, detection of asymptomatic, identification of infected and their contacts, especially in the most affected areas, did not reach the required level.

On the failure of people to follow social distancing guidelines he said: “There are individual responsibilities to maintain health and not affect third parties, and State responsibilities to protect us. Both have failed to fulfill these responsibilities. Panamanians are in the midst of a storm, sailing in different types of boats, some weaker than others.  Covid-19 infects people suffering from poverty and overcrowding more easily, where the required distance is difficult to meet. That said, not keeping physical distance or not wearing masks explains only part of the problem we are experiencing.

“To be able to turn the curve, you have to do what you know and have been taught by world experiences: apply more diagnostic tests and bring positive tests to much less than 10%; identify those infected without symptoms, which can be more than 30% of the positives; diagnose the infected and give aggressive follow-up to their contacts, especially in the areas of  clusters where infections are concentrated and see how we can isolate those positives who cannot keep the required distance due to their socioeconomic situation.

Social networks
Communication between citizens about the pandemic through social networks illustrates how the coronavirus has affected our fragile information system and overwhelmed the networks with a jumble of rumors and falsehoods, amplified by professionals with political agendas. In addition, the recent adulteration of a
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/poverty-plays-role-in-quarantine-return-1

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Businesses seek greater lockdown input

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Empty highways ,fewer customers

Posted 08/06/2020

Many companies that opened last week with the lifting of quarantine are likely to close for lack of customers following the reimposition of controls say  Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede)  which has asked the Executive for more inter-institutional coordination in decision-making on the health crisis in a responsible and coherent manner:"so that, while primarily taking into account p public health, the economy is not stopped

"The recent announcement by the Ministry of Health to reactivate the quarantine reveals the lack of communication and inter-institutional coordination, as well as the serious consequences of a lack of coherence in decision-making," Apede said in a statement. The restriction on mobility by ID number and gender that reigns as of today in Panama and Panama West will impact the companies included in the reactivation of phases one and two.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/businesses-seek-greater-lockdown-input-1

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