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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
  • August 14th: Tocumen International Airport begins to open up to limited flights; Click Here
  • August 17th: Some "Block 3" businesses will be permitted to start operations; Click Here
  • September 14th: Relaxation of mobility constraints for all but three provinces; Chiriqui, Colon, and Bocas del Toro constraints continue; Click Here

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Panama Mayor fined after flouting quarantine rules

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Posted 02/08/2020

Panama, Mayor José Luis Fábrega, was hit with two fines on   Saturday, August 1 after photos of him on a beach in Coronado when he was approached by a Justice of the Peace and members of the National Police appeared on social networks. 

He later claimed that he was on the beach in front of his house.

"I make the clarification that I am the first to demand compliance with the rules and compliance with health controls for the reduction of infections by Covid-19. Having left and been at the place, I was also fined and responsibly paid the same, "wrote Fábrega on his Instagram account.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that the sanction was two fines, one imposed by the Justice of the Peace and the other by the ministry.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama-mayor-fined-after-flouting-quarantine-rules

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Get used to the weekend lockdowns.  My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends. THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, satu

That is recklessly false.  Right now there are two cruise ships where all passengers are quarantined.  Given how rotovirus spreads in a cruise ship environment, those ships are not a good place to be,

All of these efforts might slow the spread of the virus, but I don't see how it's going to stop it.  You can definitely have the virus and not be showing any symptoms.  Screening at airports or other

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 3, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 3, 2020)  

   

Location: Panama  

   

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

  

At present, there are no approved humanitarian flights to the United States.  The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airlines and the same routes.  The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook. 

 

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.  If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future. 

 

Copa Airlines confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama.  United also plans to have regular flights to Houston during the pandemic.  For additional information about approved or pending flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United, or call them directly.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.   

     

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.   

   

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.  

  

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U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama   

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue   

Clayton, Panama   

+507 317-5000   

   

State Department – Consular Affairs   

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444    

   

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As of late Monday, August 3rd, 2020 - 67,453 cases, 1,470 deaths, 41,036 recoveries, and 229,831 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up.

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Alto Boquete reporting 68 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 26 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 40 cases.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 270 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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OPINION – When leaders abandon morality

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Panama Mayor Fabrega flouts lockdown

Posted 03/08/2020

The model adopted by the Government to prevent the spread of the pandemic may have been effective at first, but now its effects are ineffective. Pretending that citizens remain at home while the country's authorities set an example that goes in the opposite direction, makes no sense.

 Deputies, ministers and health authorities - now joined by the mayor of the capital city - have set a bad example, and without major consequences. Authority has been negligent and its lack of character to set a good example has made it lose credibility. With what morality can deputies or mayors ask ordinary citizens to comply with this quarantine, when they - the ones called to be the first to comply - are, on the contrary, the first to violate rules that have come out of their handwriting?

With an economy that worsens every day and with people who need to go out - not for recreation, but to work - the model to face the pandemic needs to be reformed. Proof of this is the safe-conduct overflow, which allows many to work, but others to violate the quarantine. When will they understand that to demand you have to set an example ... a good example.- LA PRENSA, Aug.3

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-when-leaders-abandon-morality

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Mayor’s former running mate piles  on the agony

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Judy Meana

Posted 03/08/2020

Panama Governor Judy Meana, announced on Monday, August 3 the opening  of an  investigation after the mayor of the capital José Luis Fábrega, was sanctioned flouting  the total quarantine on Saturday,

"It is a first step, we will be communicating the different stages and findings, in a  timely manner," said Meana.

Fábrega was sanctioned last weekend after being caught on the beach, despite the provisions issued by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to control cases of coronavirus in the country.

Meana is currently on leave without pay as vice mayor of the Panama district, after accompanying Fábrega in the elections of May 5, 2019.

The investigation of the Governor t adds to the announcement that the National  Transparency watchdog  (Antai) said on Monday that it will initiate an administrative process. to the mayor is due to breaches of the Code of Ethics for Public Servants.

On Sunday, a criminal complaint was filed against Fábrega by lawyer Rosendo Rivera.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/mayors-former-running-mate-piles-on-the-agony

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Transparency authority probing mayor's lockdown breach

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La Prensa political cartoonist Low's take on the mayor's escapade

Posted 03/08/2020

Panama Mayor José Luis Fábrega is facing an administrative process  launched  By The National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (Antai) behavior that "goes against the attitude that every public servant should have."

This, after Fábrega was fined on the  weekend when he was caught on a beach in Coronado (Panama Oeste), during  total lockdown and had reportedly driven through three checkpoints during curfew.

According to Antai, this administrative process is due to breaches of the Code of Ethics for Public Servants.

Fábrega also faces  a criminal complaint filed by lawyer Rosendo Rivera, accusing the mayor of violating article 308 of the Penal Code , as well as a series of Minsa provisions related to the Covid-19 pandemic .

After   a  photo appeared on social media showing   Fábrega on the beach, shirtless and in shorts with no face mask as he was being approached by a  Justice of the Peace and two National Police officers he issued a statement in which he admits the fact and stated that he  had paid the fine.

A  Minster of Health counselor condemned the action and said  no one was above the law.

Antai is also studying two cases of alleged improper use of vehicles assigned to two state institutions.

Other administrative processes that will be initiated by Antai have to do with two cases of alleged improper use of vehicles assigned to two state institutions.

 Antai director Elsa Fernández Aguilar called on all public servants to maintain ethics and to make proper use of the assets assigned to them in this time of the pandemic.

In addition, she asked to avoid actions that could "jeopardize the purpose of the public function, the patrimony of the State or the image that society should have regarding its servers".

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/transparency-authority-probing-mayoramp039s-lockdown-breach-1

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COVID-19 deaths reach 1,497

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Posted 03/08/2020

Wit 1,003 new positive cases on Monday, August 3, the  cumulative total of COVID-19 infections climbed to 68,456 and 26  new deaths brought the total since the outbreak began on March 9  to 1,497

During Monday 2,683 tests were applied, for a positivity rate  of 37%.

Active cases total 24,866 with23,384 in isolation, of whom 22,703 are in their residences and 681 in the hospital hotels.

1,482 people are hospitalized, of whom 1,317 are in the ward and 165 in intensive care units.

The  Health Ministry (Minsa) reported  that certifications for recovered patients are granted by the health center and the Regional Directorate of the entity or the installation of the Social Security Fund where the person was treated during the infection stage.

The entity announced that soon the certifications will be issued electronically  to recovered patients

After the people finish their home isolation, the health facility, which provided the care, will have to certify them as a non-Covid-19 patient.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-19-deaths-reach-1497-1

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Sent: 8/4/2020 9:03:49 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 4, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 4, 2020)  

   

Location: Panama  

   

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

  

The Embassy has identified four upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.  

  

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  • August 7 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • August 10 Copa Airlines flight CM4845 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:10 a.m.  
  • August 14 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • August 21 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.  

 

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.   

     

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.   

   

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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As of late Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 - 68,456 cases, 1,497 deaths, 42,093 recoveries, and 232,514 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up.

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Alto Boquete reporting 69 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 27 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 44 cases.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 270 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Siete semanas sucesivas con alta tasa de positividad

Un indicador importante de la epidemia es la tasa de positividad de las pruebas, la cual debe estar por debajo de 10%, y en Panamá supera el 30%.
 
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05 ago 2020 - 12:45 AM

 

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Seven successive weeks with high positivity rate

An important indicator of the epidemic is the positivity rate of the tests, which must be below 10%, and in Panama it exceeds 30%.

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05 Aug 2020 - 12:45 AM

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Achieving a positivity rate that is below 10% in the diagnostic tests of Covid-19 is a challenge for the health authorities of Panama, because in the last seven weeks it has not dropped below 30%.

This is clear from the epidemiological reports of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) that detail that last week (July 26 to August 1) there was a positivity rate of new cases of 32.70%; and the previous week (July 19 to 25) it was 32.46% (see table).

The difference between the last two weeks is that the one that ended last Saturday carried out 22,996 tests, of which 7,519 were positive; and in the previous week, 20 thousand 339 were carried out, for a total of 6 thousand 603 cases.

Jean Paul Carrera, epidemiologist and virologist at the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies (Icges), explained that the situation is due to the fact that there is a “plateau” of constant transmission.

He added that having these high percentages of positivity in the tests originates a transmission scenario that is maintained over time. "The situation has been somewhat mitigated, but the country has not achieved the suppression of the virus," Carrera said.

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The Minsa data also show that the days with the highest positivity for tests for Covid-19 disease were on July 12 - when it scored 42.9% based on 3,590 tests carried out -, and on June 1, when reported 41.3%, but only 905 tests were done.

Last Monday, the positivity percentage was 37%, with 2,683 tests carried out, for a total of 1,300 new cases.

The infectologist and former director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies (Icges), Néstor Sosa, expressed that these numbers indicate community transmission, and there is still no decrease in the number of new cases per day.

He argued that controlling the widespread community transmission of the Covid-19 requires general measures (avoiding crowds, closing schools, hygiene, staying home, wearing a mask, among others) and specific measures (rapid detection of infected, search for contacts, isolation and quarantine) at near perfect levels.

In addition, he said, one possibility is to concentrate the measures in the areas of greatest circulation of the virus, but it is difficult to make epidemiological fences in the most affected areas, as they did in Italy and is being carried out in communities of Catalonia (Spain), because it is required a lot of coordination and resources.

In the last epidemiological week, the country reported 7 thousand 519 cases, which represents 910 more cases than the previous epidemiological week (July 19 to 25) when 6 thousand 603 people were infected with Covid-19, a disease that transmits the SARS virus- CoV-2.

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https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/la-tasa-de-positividad-una-cifra-dificil-de-bajar/

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 5, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 5, 2020)  

   

Location: Panama  

   

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

  

The Embassy has identified four upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.  

  

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  

  • August 7 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

  • August 10 Copa Airlines flight CM4845 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:10 a.m.  

  • August 14 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

  • August 21 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

 

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.  

 

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.   

     

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.   

   

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   

   

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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As of late Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 - 69,424 cases, 1,522 deaths, 43,330 recoveries, and 234,954 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up.

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Alto Boquete reporting 69 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 27 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 44 cases.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 270 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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President mulls “prudent” re-opening in San Miguelito

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Posted 05/08/2020

With coronavirus retransmission rates falling in  San Miguelito President, Laurentino Cortizo  on Wednesday, August 5 dangled the prospect of  opening some economic activities in the district starting next week, in a "prudent" manner.

According to the president, "the Rt  (retransmission rate ) in San Miguelito has been falling", so the same formula could be applied as in other provinces where no increase in coronavirus cases has been reported. such as Los Santos and Herrera.

"There are a series of alternatives for next week that are being evaluated, with the health team, with the government team, the private sector, to go step by step to  opening," said Cortizo

Obviously, he said, they will take into account hospital capacity. But he added that with the opening of the Figali convention center this weekend, some hospitals, such as the Modular in Albrook and the Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund, will be "relieved".

The Government is working on adapting the Figali to place at least 160 beds for coronavirus patients.

"This allows us, by opening a couple of activities, and if some positives are fired in some areas, we have the capacity in hospitals to be able to attend to them," he said

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/president-mulls-prudent-re-opening-in-san-miguelito

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Moves underway  for recall of quarantine-flouting  mayor

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Authorities find maypr on beach with no mask during lockdown

Posted 05/08/2020

With at least three investigations underway into the flouting of total weekend quarantine rules by Panama mayor, José Luis Fábrega and a request for revocation of his mandate is underway, after he, was fined for failing to comply with the weekend lockdown.

On Tuesday, August 4, Raúl Rodríguez, a former independent candidate for the Municipality of Panama in the May 2019 elections, filed a petition with the Electoral Tribunal (TE) to initiate a process of revocation of the mayor's mandate. In the action, he asked the TE magistrate Heriberto Araúz to deliver books to collect the necessary signatures.

Rodríguez bases his request on an  article in the Electoral Code,  in which the revocation of the mayors' mandate,  may be activated “By decision of the voters of the respective constituency, by means of a recall referendum

According to the law, the mandate of mayors may be revoked with 30% of the signatures of the 950,558 voters in the district will be required, according to the. 2019. voter registry

On Monday, the governor of the province of Panama, Judy Meana, announced the opening of a preliminary investigation to the mayor, and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information did the same while the lawyer Rosendo Rivera denounced Fábrega before the Public Ministry for the alleged commission of crimes against public safety.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/moves-underway-for-recall-of-quarantine-flouting-mayor

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Panama virus positivity rate over 30% for seven weeks

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Posted 05/08/2020

The positivity rate in the diagnostic tests of Covid-19 has not dropped below 30% in the last seven weeks and the 4000,  daily tests announced by President Cortizo in his July 1 address remain, like other promises, unfulfilled.

Epidemiological reports of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reveal  that last week (July 26 to August 1) there was a positivity rate of new cases of 32.70%, and the previous week (July 19 to 25)  it was 32.46%

In the week that ended last Saturday there were  22,996 tests, of which 7,519 were positive; and in the previous week, 20, 339 were carried out, for a total of 6, 603  positive cases.

Juan-Paul Carrera, epidemiologist, and virologist at the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, said that the situation is due to the fact that there is a “plateau” of constant transmission.

"The situation has been somewhat mitigated, but the country has not achieved the suppression of the virus," Carrera said.

The Minsa data also show that the days with the highest positivity for tests for Covid-19 disease were on July 12 - when it scored 42.9% based on 3,590 tests carried out -, and on June 1, when it was  41.3%, but only 905 tests were done.

On Monday,  Aug 3 the positivity percentage was 37%, with 2,683 tests carried out, for a total of 1,300 new cases.

The infectologist and former director of the Gorgas Institute for Health Studies (Icges), Néstor Sosa, expressed that these numbers indicate community transmission, and there is still no decrease in the number of new cases per day.

He said that controlling the widespread community transmission of the Covid-19 requires general measures (avoiding crowds, closing schools, hygiene, staying home, wearing a mask, among others) and rapid detection of infections search for contacts, isolation, and quarantine) at near-perfect levels.

In addition, he said, one possibility is to concentrate the measures in the areas of greatest circulation of the virus, but it is difficult to make epidemiological fences in the most affected areas, as they did in Italy and is being carried out in communities of Catalonia (Spain), because it is required a lot of coordination and resources.

In the last epidemiological week the country reported 7,519 cases, 910 more than the previous epidemiological week (July 19 to 25) when 6 ,603 people were infected with Covid-19, a disease that transmits the SARS virus- CoV-2.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-virus-positivity-rate-over-30-for-seven-weeks-1

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That statistic means absolutely nothing.  More testing equals more positives.  More testing in concentrated neighbourhoods where a case of covid has been found results in an even bigger skewed result.  

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Cortizo: "A partir de la otra semana vamos a eliminar los vuelos humanitarios para panameños"

Los panameños que busquen regresar al país deberán tener prueba de hisopado para la covid-19 negativa y el resultado no debe pasar más de 24 horas. Además , estarán obligados a realizar una cuarentena

Por Ismael Gordón Guerre

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Panamá eliminará los vuelos humanitarios para los panameños que se encuentran fuera del país y tengan las intenciones de regresar. El presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo, adelantó que la medida estaría empezando la próxima semana.

El mandatario explicó que la flexibilización para la entrada de panameños tendrá algunas pautas que cumplir. Los panameños que buscarán regresar al país deberán tener prueba de hisopado para la covid-19 negativa. El resultado no debe pasar más de 24 horas. Además, estarán obligados a realizar una cuarentena.

El Ministerio de Salud y el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores estarán coordinando para iniciar el proceso.

Los vuelos humanitarios deben ser aprobado por el Minsa luego de la coordinación de las autoridades de los distintos países.

El Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen funciona como un mini hub humanitario para el traslado de pasajeros hacia Panamá o a diferentes países de la región. Por el momento el Aeropuerto se habilitará como un "mini hub" humanitario o Centro de Operaciones Graduales y Controladas para Vuelos Humanitarios, de pasajeros afectados por la pandemia.

De acuerdo con el Decreto Ejecutivo No.300 de 31 de julio, que lleva la firma del presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, y de la ministra de Gobierno, Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, solo se permitirá la salida del territorio nacional a los pasajeros que establece el Decreto Ejecutivo No.605 de 30 de abril de 2020; se admitirá el tránsito de pasajeros por el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen de forma limitada, en cuanto a número y conexiones, siempre que sus conexiones no demoren seis horas entre el vuelo de llegada y el de salida.

Además, solo se permitirá la entrada controlada de pasajeros al territorio nacional, previa autorización de la autoridad sanitaria.

El Minsa autorizará o negará el ingreso a Panamá de cada vuelo, atendiendo al nivel de propagación de la covid-19 en el país de origen, el estatus epidemiológico del país de embarque, la cantidad de pasajeros y su condición de salud.

La norma establece que los vuelos que formen parte de la operación controlada del centro deberán ser debidamente presentados y comunicados por parte de los operadores aéreos a la Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil. Una vez autorizados por el Ministerio de Salud, estos vuelos se podrán utilizar únicamente para los fines descritos.

“Todo panameño y extranjero residente que ingrese al territorio nacional a través de estos vuelos deberá someterse a los protocolos sanitarios y de bioseguridad establecidos por el Ministerio de Salud”, señala el decreto.

 

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Cortizo: "Starting the other week we will eliminate humanitarian flights for Panamanians"

Panamanians seeking to return to the country must have a swab test for the negative covid-19 and the result should not exceed 24 hours. In addition, they will be required to quarantine

By Ismael Gordón Guerre
Updated 08/05/2020 12:57

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Panama will eliminate humanitarian flights for Panamanians who are outside the country and intend to return. The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, announced that the measure would be starting next week.

The president explained that the flexibility for the entry of Panamanians will have some guidelines to comply with. Panamanians seeking to return to the country must have a swab test for the negative covid-19. The result should not exceed 24 hours. Furthermore, they will be required to quarantine.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Relations will be coordinating to start the process.

Humanitarian flights must be approved by the Minsa after the coordination of the authorities of the different countries.

Tocumen International Airport works as a mini humanitarian hub for the transfer of passengers to Panama or to different countries in the region. At the moment, the Airport will be enabled as a humanitarian "mini hub" or Center for Graduated and Controlled Operations for Humanitarian Flights, for passengers affected by the pandemic.

In accordance with Executive Decree No. 300 of July 31, which is signed by the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, and by the Minister of Government, Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, only passengers will be allowed to leave the national territory that establishes Executive Decree No.605 of April 30, 2020; The transit of passengers through Tocumen International Airport will be admitted in a limited way, in terms of number and connections, as long as their connections do not take six hours between the arrival and departure flights.

In addition, only controlled entry of passengers into national territory will be allowed, with prior authorization from the health authority.

The Minsa will authorize or deny the entry to Panama of each flight, based on the level of spread of the covid-19 in the country of origin, the epidemiological status of the country of embarkation, the number of passengers and their health condition.

The norm establishes that the flights that are part of the controlled operation of the center must be duly presented and communicated by the air operators to the Civil Aeronautical Authority. Once authorized by the Ministry of Health, these flights can only be used for the purposes described.

"Every Panamanian and resident foreigner who enters the national territory through these flights must submit to sanitary and biosafety protocols established by the Ministry of Health," states the decree.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200805/cortizo-partir-semana-eliminar-vuelos-humanitarios-panamenos

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Sent: 8/6/2020 5:40:51 PM
Subject: Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 6, 2020)
 

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Travel Advisory for Panama - Level 4: Do not travel

 

The State Department has lifted the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory and advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific Travel Advisories and U.S. Embassy COVID pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide.  

 

Do not travel to Panama due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Panama due to COVID-19.  

 

Travelers to Panama may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Panama due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Panama.

 

Do not travel to:

  • Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime.
  • Parts of the Darién Region due to crime.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Panama:

Parts of the "Mosquito Gulf" – Do Not Travel

The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast.

Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area. 

 

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this region as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.  

 

Parts of the Darién Region – Do Not Travel

Do not travel to the following areas of the Darien:

  • All areas south of Jacque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border
  • The city of Lajas Blancas
  • The city of El Salto

Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.

 

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved. 

 

Assistance:  

   

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama  

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue  

Clayton, Panama  

+507 317-5000  

   

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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As of late Thursday, August 6th, 2020 - 70,231 cases, 1,553 deaths, 44,792 recoveries, and 237,489 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up.

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Alto Boquete reporting 73 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 28 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 44 cases.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 271 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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COVID-19  cases  pass 70,000 mark with 1,553 deaths 

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While President Cotizo talks of "prudent" re-opening, shoppers in San Migelito ignore social distancing

Posted 06/08/2020

The number of positive cases of  COVID-19 increased by 807  reached 70,231 on Wednesday, August 5 and 31 new deaths brought the total to 1,153 with the fatality rate standing at 2.2%

2,535 tests were applied, for a positivity percentage of 32%.

Active cases total 23,886. With  1,504, hospitalized, 1,340  in the ward, and 164 in intensive care.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/covid-19-cases-pass-70000-mark-with-1553-deaths-1

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‘Cada panameño en el exterior deberá coordinar con la aerolínea’

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06 ago 2020 - 10:07 PM

 

 

 

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‘Every Panamanian abroad must coordinate with the airline.’

Ohigginis Arcia Jaramillo
Aug 06, 2020 - 10:07 PM

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Copa reported that starting this month it will offer flights from Tocumen airport.

The director of the metropolitan region of Health, Israel Cedeño, reported yesterday that the methodology of what is known as humanitarian flights was changed.

Before, the Foreign Ministry identified through the foreign service where there were Panamanians who wanted to return and coordinated with the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to authorize the flight.

"Now, what is being done is that each Panamanian abroad must coordinate directly with the airline. You no longer have to go to the consulate, ”he said, adding that to return the traveler must present a proof of Covid-19 and complete 14 days of quarantine.

It is not known from when these provisions apply and the Minsa, until last night, had not issued the rule in this regard. The Foreign Ministry reported that two humanitarian flights, from Miami and Washington, are maintained on August 10 and 12.

Meanwhile, Copa reported that starting this month it will offer flights from Tocumen airport to 11 destinations in 8 countries.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/cada-panameno-en-el-exterior-debera-coordinar-con-la-aerolinea/

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

   

Location: Panama  

   

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

  

The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.  

  

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  

  • August 10 Copa Airlines flight CM4845 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:10 a.m.  

  • August 14 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

  • August 21 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 

 

Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama.  Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.  

 

The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves.  The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling.  Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled.  In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.   

     

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.   

   

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   

   

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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Subject: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 7, 2020)
 

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 7, 2020)   

     

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders  

  

The U.S. Embassy in Panama will no longer send regular Health Alerts.  Instead we encourage you to read the country-specific travel advisories for Panama, and our COVID-19 Information page. 

 

The following information is found on our COVID-19 Information page. Please check this page regularly for updates on the conditions in Panama due to the pandemic: 

  

Actions to Take: 

Assistance:  

   

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama  

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue  

Clayton, Panama  

+507 317-5000  

   

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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As of late Friday, August 7th, 2020 - 71,418 cases, 1,574 deaths, 45,658 recoveries, and 240,995 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up.

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Alto Boquete reporting 73 cases, Bajo Boquete reporting 28 cases, and Los Naranjos reporting 44 cases.

alto boquete.jpg             bajo boquete.jpg             los naranjos.jpg

The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 271 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Nombran a 20 promotores para trazabilidad en Chiriquí

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El presidente Laurentino Cortizo realizó una gira de seguimiento al Centro de Operaciones y Trazabilidad Comunitaria de Chiriquí. @NitoCortizo

Catherine Perea

El mandatario panameño, Laurentino Cortizo nombró a 20 promotores comunales en la provincia de Chiriquí, para el seguimiento de pacientes positivos con COVID-19.

El nombramiento se dio durante una visita que realizó el jefe de Estado junto al ministro de Salud, Luis Sucre al Centro de Operaciones y Trazabilidad Comunitaria en esa provincia, para dar seguimiento al trabajo del equipo en la lucha contra el COVID-19.

De acuerdo con el equipo de trazabilidad, se ha realizado en Chiriquí la atención y orientación de un 80% de las familias que mantienen casos positivos.

Sucre dijo que en Chiriquí se distribuirá el kit Protégete Panamá, para intervención y abordaje de pacientes en aislamiento domiciliario.

 

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20 promoters appointed for traceability in Chiriquí

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President Laurentino Cortizo made a follow-up tour to the Chiriquí Community Traceability and Operations Center. @NitoCortizo

Catherine Perea • 7 Aug 2020 - 07:14 PM

The Panamanian president, Laurentino Cortizo appointed 20 community promoters in the province of Chiriquí, to follow up positive patients with COVID-19.

The appointment was made during a visit made by the Head of State together with the Minister of Health, Luis Sucre to the Community Operations and Traceability Center in that province, to follow up on the team's work in the fight against COVID-19.

According to the traceability team, the care and guidance of 80% of the families that maintain positive cases has been carried out in Chiriquí.

Sucre said that in Chiriquí the Protégete Panamá kit will be distributed, for intervention and approach to patients in home isolation.

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/08/08/nombran-20-promotores-trazabilidad-chiriqui/3114054.html

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