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Significant pandemic milestones:

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

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Panamá suspende los vuelos a Asia por el coronavirus

A partir de la medianoche de este sábado
 

https://www.midiario.com/nacionales/panama-suspende-todos-los-vuelos-a-europa-y-asia/

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El coronavirus llegó a Panamá antes de las fiestas de carnaval

Los controles sanitarios para detectar el primer caso en el país fallaron. El profesor del colegio Monseñor Francisco Beckmann tuvo contacto con un viajero enfermo entre el 14 y el 15 de febrero.
 
14 mar 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-coronavirus-llego-a-panama-antes-de-las-fiestas-de-carnaval/

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$70 million to fight virus with 36 cases confirmed

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Posted 14/03/2020

Panama’s government has allocated $70 million to fight coronavirus as 9 more confirmed cases brought the total by 4 pm on Friday, March 13 to 36.  

Flights to and from Europe now the epicenter of the pandemic according to the World Health Organization, have been suspended.

Rosario Turner, Minister of Health, said that the measure is focused on countries with the highest number of cases.

Some 756 tests were carried out at the Gorgas Commemorative Institute. Of that number, 36 have been positive and another 93 are pending.

The Health Ministry (Minsa) reported that those seven cases have been confirmed in the Monsignor Beckman school whose principal was the first reported death.

A government decree temporarily suspends the disembarkation and embarkation of cruise ships, mini cruises, deep-draft ships, international passenger transport such as yachts, mega yachts or any other maritime vessel in the country's ports.

On Thursday night President, Laurentino Cortizo, held a meeting, via Skype, with his counterparts in Central America where it was agreed to reinforce security measures, but not to close the borders.  Panama made its logistics center available for the purchase of medicines.

Quarantine
 
The executive decree also establishes that every person who receives an order to remain in quarantine is required to remain at home for 14 days.The measure also applies to non-resident foreigners in tourist accommodation.

Official visits to the country or Panamanians to other nations are also suspended unless it is essential for health or national security reasons.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/70-million-to-fight-virus-with-36-cases-confirmed-1

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Moderator comment: It is somewhat confusing from this news article, but the late Norato Gonzáles Gonzáles of the Beckman School apparently now is being identified as Panama's "Patient 0" in the coronavirus pandemic. There are replies above in this topic/thread about Norato Gonzáles.

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Health plan failed  coronavirus  first victim

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Posted 14/03/2020

The new coronavirus arrived in Panama  before the Panama carnival festivities  the carnivals - from February 21 to 26 - and, as suspected, the death of Norato González - on March 8 – the principal of the Monsignor Francisco Beckmann school, is a of the key piece of the puzzle reports La Prensa

Juan Pino, Minister of Public Security, released on Friday, March 13,  details of the "traceability" of the virus. He reported that before February 21, the date on which an academic council was held at the Beckmann, González had contact with another teacher on campus, who had been in Europe shortly before. That teacher visited Spain, Germany, Croatia, France and England.

The date of the meeting between González and the traveler was reported as between February 14 and 15.

According to the minister, the teacher condoled the principal for the death of his mother. According to Beckmann staff, González's mother died on January 20.

The teacher who was in Europe, whose name was not revealed, was not the only one who was abroad: 16 of the 206 teachers from this campus has were traveling recently.

Minister  Pino said that the teacher who was in several European countries "became ill"  and if she had contact with González between February 14 and 15, she could have infected him at that time, that is, before the carnivals. On Friday  it was revealed that Norato González was in Chiriquí at those parties reports La Prensa,

However, authorities did not realize that the epidemic was in the country. Before the party, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) had said that they were ready for when the first case was reported.

On February 18, for example, it  released a statement reporting that the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies "was ready to diagnose Covid-19 in 3 hours." It also reported that until then Gorgas had carried out 14 tests, the results of which were negative.

On February 23, the Minsa reported that at o the Tocumen Airport, it had set up a provisional evacuation area for passengers with symptoms of the virus. "All passengers verified so far have a temperature below 37.5, indicating that there is no presence of the virus," said the institution.

Optimistic statements presenting  Panama as a country with a prepared and safe health system came the following days. Different authorities, from the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, down, sent messages emphasizing that Panama was "free of suspected cases."

Meanwhile, on February 27, when the virus was probably already roaming the streets, Minister Turner presented the action plan against Covid-19. That day, Turner promised that "when the first case arrived" it would be handled with all the sanitary protocols studied by the Minsa and all the biosafety precautions to avoid contagion to more people within a hospital center.

Chronology  
If the evolution of the virus is taken into account, probably on that date (February 27) González had already been infected for a week.

The infectologist Xavier Sáez-Llorens, member of the Minsa coronavirus advisory committee, explained that the patient begins to feel symptoms on the fifth or sixth day. While on the eighth or ninth day it worsens and the person who cannot survive usually dies in the third week. "For a person to die, it must take at least 10 to 21 days," said the doctor.

On Monday, March 2, the school year began and, the next day, the director of the Beckmann was admitted to the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid hospital complex of the Social Security Fund, where he died on Sunday, March 8.

The alarms went off on Monday, March 9, when Beckmann teachers and students protested on the street about the poor conditions of the school: dust, pigeon feces, fiberglass because there were at least nine teachers with "respiratory symptoms".

That day, the campus was ordered to be closed and, at night, the minister announced "the first case of coronavirus" in Panama, but it was still not - still Norato González: the minister referred to a 40-year-old woman old who arrived from Spain the day before.

González's case entered the records a day later, on March 10, when the Minsa finally recognized that González died of a coronavirus, and two other teachers at the Beckmann had caught it. However, the number of cases in that school grows: until Friday night, seven patients infected with Covid-19 were linked to the school.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-plan-failed-coronavirus-first-victim

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Coronavirus cases at 43 but some head to beaches as crisis growa

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Posted 14/03/2020

While the  number of patients  in Panama with  coronavirus has  climbed to 43   according to the national director of Health, of the Ministry of Health ( Minsa) Nadja Porcell  another official laments that  large numbers of people are heading for the beaches “as if this was a vacation.”

Five of these patients are hospitalized, two in critical condition and three in wards. There are also 37 people in home isolation who have mild symptoms, Porcell said.

820 tests have been carried out and 43 have tested positive for Covid-19.

Positive patients with coronavirus are 23 women and 20 men  The largest number of affected people are between 40 and 59 years old.

During the daily press  conference, the Vice Minister of Health, Luis Sucre, announced that the director of the Gorgas Institute, Juan Pascal, will be in charge of a network that will grow the tests to diagnose Covid - 19.

The medical facilities where this network will operate are: San Miguel Arcángel (San Miguelito), Children's Hospital, CSS Metropolitan Complex, Santo Tomás Hospital, National Oncological Institute, Nicolás Solano (La Chorrera), Cecilio Castillero (Herrera), Luis Chicho Fábrega (Veraguas) and José Domingo de Obaldía (Chiriquí).

The Ministry  will ask private hospitals to acquire the necessary kits to carry out the diagnostic tests.

Sucre emphasized that public and private hospitals must communicate the tests to the Gorgas Institute, the only rector who will inspect and validate the results.

He said that the Minsa today added 200 doctors and nurses to start home visits. Operations were also started to enforce  an Executive Decree, which increases health measures to counter the spread of the virus.

Through this decree, activities such as: fairs; conferences; cultural, religious and sporting events and concerts across the country are can.celed

Panama was the 112th country that presented cases of Covid-19 and we had the opportunity to learn from the experience of 111 nations that before us had to face this virus, said Sucre.

He added that discipline in many countries, such as China, helped decrease cases, and given this we need to abide by the laws and regulations that have been given to control Covid-19 as soon as possible.

Enrique Lau Cortés, director of the Social Security Fund (CSS) spoke about the importance of people not moving and staying in their residences.

He made a special appeal to young people, because they have parents, grandparents, and if they he do not take the measures, they transmit the coronavirus infection and put  them in danger. "In this population, the consequences of infection are fatal."

He added that the rest of the population should stay at home. We have seen in the networks, a great mobilization inland to the beaches, as if we were on vacation. The country faces a dangerous situation, "he recalled.

In this regard, Sucre asked people to stay home, because they do not want to go to the extent of ordering "a sanitary fence in the country." In other words, preventing the passage of people from the capital to the interior and vice versa.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/coronavirus-cases-at-43-but-some-head-to-beaches-as-crisis-growa

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5 hours ago, Moderator_02 said:

"The health of Panamanians is above any economic or political situation. In this sense, I have ordered that the entry of flights from Europe and Asia be suspended (…) I reiterate that I will take the actions that I have to take for the good of Panama, ”Cortizo Cohen reported on his Twitter account.

Shame this was done too late and AFTER Carnival , when facts were out and clearly present of the disease's communicability in other countries.  As this entire situation unfolds the professionals are learning how the virus transmits.  Important to know:  The virus stays alive 48 hr on hard surfaces.  It is transmitted by droplet ( somebody sneezes who is standing close to you).  The virus is NOT wafting in the air ( reassuring ) all by itself minus a sneeze.     THE MOST likely mode any of us will get the disease is by TOUCHING a contaminated object and touching your face.  Assume everything is "dirty" out there...protect yourself cautiously .  Frequent handwashing is of utmost importance.  Stay away from crowds ( ie: bus...take a cab)  In time when this begins to play out people will become LAX...tired of it all.  That is exactly when you must be very very cautious and not let up your guard...a few weeks from now right now.    Begin to develop good habits.   ALISON

 

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On 3/12/2020 at 9:25 AM, Jim Bondoux said:

The Mayor of Boquete is requesting a health inspection all visitors to Boquete. Here is my loose translation of his letter of yesterday to the Ministry of Health. I am attaching an image of the original for reference.

We have received some friendly suggestions from CL members (as well as some not so friendly concerns or objections) regarding the possibility of more intense screening at the Caldera checkpoint for entrance into Boquete. We will not elaborate on the concerns or objections, as that might end up being non-productive or provocative.

Here is a suggestion that we believe is very good: You may want to start carrying a copy of a utility bill or some other document (rental receipt, bank account statement, automobile insurance policy, etc.) that indicates your name and address/location description such that you have a legitimate residence status in Boquete. Carnets and cedulas don't provide that kind of detailed information. We don't know if this screening program will be implemented, but if it is then maybe the police officers would accept our word, or maybe not. Having something in writing from a third party should be sufficient confirmation of your residency in the Boquete area. We will be carrying a copy of our electric utility bill in our vehicle.

Just a suggestion.

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5 hours ago, Moderator_02 said:

While the  number of patients  in Panama with  coronavirus has  climbed to 43   according to the national director of Health, of the Ministry of Health ( Minsa) Nadja Porcell  another official laments that  large numbers of people are heading for the beaches “as if this was a vacation.”

Report from Santa Catalina Veraguas: ( I got this report from a resident there ) 

Police forces are monitoring even the beaches. (surprises me)   They are not allowing even small boats of tourists to go to Coiba...  Boat captains are told 3 customers MAX.   The police even shut down a friend's stand up paddleboard expeditions up a local river.  He was told this was his last group.  .  Lots of mingling local people on the beach having family holiday.  Police monitoring and dispersing.  Inpressive...on a beach !!!!!!!!!!!!

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NO MORE FLIGHTS....only humanitarian and supplies are allowed off planes here in Panama starting noon tomorrow

“A partir de este 16 de marzo a las 11:59 pm, se restringe el ingreso al país de personas no nacionales y no residentes en Panamá. Todo panameño o extranjero residente en Panamá tendrá aislamiento preventivo obligatorio en su domicilio por 14 días.”
 
 
 
 
 
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This email from my doctor in David, this evening:

Hello Jim

The government has mandated that we start applying severe measures of isolation and contention. 

In other areas of the country both private and public health centers will cancel
Outpatient visits, elective procedures and such.

We have been instructed to start closing private medical offices as well starting tomorrow.

We had dinner at The Rock. The owner was notified this evening that all restaurants are to close, indefinitely.

The country is headed for total lockdown - only groceries, pharmacies, and gas stations to be open.

Inbound foreigners to be blocked at the entry point.

No more than fifty people in any retail establishment at one time, people to wait in line outside separated by at least one meter... yada yada

 

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The Health Ministry is ordering the closure of all restaurants, etc. An informal translation of the communique follows:

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The Ministry due to the national emergency orders the temporary closure of commercial establishments throughout the country, excepting supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centers and establishments for the sale of health products, fuel, and food. This applies to commercial centers.

Pertaining to restaurants, service to the public by inside seating is suspended.The sale of food prepared for local consumption will be allowed, exclusively for take away or home delivery.

For access to establishments whose opening is allowed, the public is encouraged to use masks.
In addition, access to beaches, rivers, swimming pools and public spas is prohibited.

The Ministry of Health, in coordination with the State security departments, is empowered to carry out sanitary closures throughout the territory.

Surveillance includes entry to commercial and non-commercial establishments, which includes hotels, casinos, restaurants, as well as playgrounds that operate inside and outside restaurants or private residential complexes.

It is prohibited for supermarkets to have more than fifty people inside. Mechanisms should be established so that users form a line outside the establishment, keeping a distance of not less than one meter between each client.

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Gorgas Institute heading Diagnostic Network to fight “critical situation

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Posted 15/03/2020

A  National Diagnostic Network involving public and private hospitals led by the  Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies has been created in Panama to increase and speed up tests for coronavirus so that the positive cases are isolated in time and new infections avoided.

Meanwhile authorities are eyeing a “sanitary fence” to prevent people from flocking to the interior and spreading the disease.

The network using  15,000 recently purchased kits  Will operate in the San Miguel Arcángel, del Niño, Arnulfo Arias Madrid, Santo Tomás and Oncológico hospitals in the capital; and Nicolás Solano de La Chorrera, José Domingo de Obaldía and in  Chiriquí, Chicho Fábrega de Veraguas and Aquilino Tejeira de Coclé.

In addition, private hospitals will be authorized to have the technology to practice the tests.

All diagnoses must be validated by Gorgas, whose director, Juan Miguel Pascale, clarified that the massification of the tests does not imply applying it to the entire population, but to those who present the symptoms.

Health authorities have urged the population to comply with precautionary measures and mobility restrictions and warned that, if not complied with, a sanitary fence  could be set up, to prevent the capital population from moving to the interior and taking the virus with them.

Health authorities said on Saturday that the country "faces a critical situation" due to local transmission of the coronavirus.

The national director of Health, Nadja Porcell, said that the majority of cases are reported in central Panama (23), northern Panama (6), San Miguelito (8) and the province of Western Panama (6).

She said that 4,535 travelers have been under epidemiological observation, of which 3,104 were discharged, leaving 1,431 people under home monitoring.

The Vice Minister of Health, Luis Sucre, said that being the 112th country to get the Covid-19 disease allowed Panama to know the effectiveness of some measures taken by other countries like Chinato control the pandemic

Some countries that did not comply with the indicated health recommendations now have a high number of cases like  Italy, where yesterday there were over 17,660 cases and 2,547 deaths.

Sanitary fence
"It is important that the population of Panama abide by the laws and regulations that are instructed to control the situation," said Sucre, who also warned that they are considering creating a sanitary fence to prevent people from traveling to the provinces and vice versa.

The director of the Social Security Fund (CSS),  Enrique Lau Cortés, said that the "country faces a dangerous situation", so it is necessary to refrain from traveling to the provinces and going to health facilities if not necessary.

Outpatient consultations of the main hospitals are temporarily relocated to areas where there is less risk of infection.

Social distancing
In this scenario, social distancing as a containment measure sounds difficult, but in reality, it is a public health term that describes the best defense against coronavirus, said Lau Cortés

The term is gaining relevance at this time in Panama since the majority of Covid-19 cases are concentrated in the capital city and the dormitory province of Panama Oeste. .

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) suggest that the pathogen can spread "between people who are in direct contact (within 2 meters

Former adviser for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and influenza A for the WHO and the UK government, Roy Anderson, recently published a study in the scientific journal The Lancet , which argues that what remains today to mitigate cases it is voluntary rather than mandatory quarantine and to stop mass meetings, the closure of educational institutes or workplaces where there are positive cases of the disease.

Anderson argues that the impact of the response from China, where the virus emerged four months ago, is encouraging for many countries where the virus is just beginning to spread. In China, Singapore and Hong Kong bet on the social measure of distancing, while Italy and Spain the situation was different and today they are the countries with the most cases after China.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/gorgas-institute-heading-diagnostic-network-to-fight-critical-situation-1

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OPINION: Recognizing the need for  science funding

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Posted 15/03/2020

Authorities facing the coronavirus crisis in Panama are deploying the necessary resources so that different hospital units can carry out tests that detect the virus. So far, this task has fallen exclusively on the Gorgas Commemorative Institute of Health Studies, which performs a titanic task, despite the fact that it does not have the adequate budget or the facilities that we deserve.

Its last directors have fought against bureaucracy and little political importance to keep this institution competent, current and functional. We are in the time when we need science to understand the virus and continue working on the best ways to prevent, mitigate and combat it. Both Gorgas, as the National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (Senacyt) and the Institute for Advanced Scientific Research and High Technology Services (Indicasat-AIP) form the mainstays of scientific work in Panama. However, what the State dedicates as an investment in science does not reach the minimum international parameters.

We cannot achieve our maximum potential as a country, nor will we be healthy and well protected, if there is no understanding of the scope of these institutions and if the conditions in which science is done in Panama are not improved. The presence of the coronavirus evidences this need. We cannot achieve our maximum potential as a country, nor will we be healthy and well protected, if there is no understanding of the scope of these institutions and if the conditions in which science is done in Panama are not improved. The presence of the coronavirus evidences this need

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-recognizing-the-need-for-science-funding

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Health benefits continue for covid-19 says insurance provider

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Posted 15/03/2020

The insurance company ASSA  announced on Saturday, March 14, that it will continue to provide benefits for medical expenses and hospitalization for treatment to COVID-19.

"We have instructed in writing all the hospitals and private clinics in our network to continue providing medical expenses services uninterruptedly to our policyholders in accordance with the applicable coverage and the protocols established by the Ministry of Health (Minsa)," said a company statement.

Many health policies do not include coverage in the event that illness is declared a pandemic, as has been the case with COVID-19 so, the ASSA announcement has been received positively on social networks reports TVN.

The company recommends following the recommendations of the Health authorities to prevent the virus, such as frequent hand washing, and covering up when coughing and sneezing.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/health-benefits-continue-for-covid-19-says-insurance-provider

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Six businesses closed for flaunting coronavirus rules

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Posted 15/03/2020

Ministry of Health authorities accompanied by security officials closed six premises in  Panama city coordination in the capital city for not complying with the regulations set out in the national emergency decree to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Yamileth López, deputy director of the Metropolitan Health Region, reported that 50 premises dedicated to night-time activities were inspected in different townships such as Santa Ana, Calidonia, Bella Vista, and Juan Díaz, among others.

She said that one event and five venues were closed because they failed to comply with the norm that establishes avoiding crowds, which means  avoiding events with more than 50 people.

Owners of the premises face fines ranging from $500 to $5000.

Dr López said there was the possibility of modifying the decree because there are aspects that have not been contemplated.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/six-businesses-closed-for-flaunting-coronavirus-rules

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Red flag raised to ban city crowds from beaches and spas

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Posted 15/03/2020

Panama’s   Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), has placed a red flag banning access to   beaches, rivers, and spas nationwide, "as part of the preventive measures against  Covid-19,  says the entity’s director, Carlos Rumbo Pérez  The move  is based on  the emergency decree banning assemblies of  more than 50 people

Some municipalities have already imposed a ban including of San Félix, Alanje, Barú, Antón, Chame and San Carlos. In other areas, local residents have blocked roads to keep away people from Panama City.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/red-flag-raised-to-ban-city-crowds-from-beaches-and-spas

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Pandemic boosts Panama pineapple sales

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Posted 15/03/2020

As the world’s economy trembles from the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, Panama’s pineapple producers are seeing an increase  in sales as consumers seek  multivitamin foods rich in antioxidants, to gain  what they believe is a defense against diseases such as the coronavirus

Panama produces and exports the MD2 Golden pineapple, a fruit that is sweeter has less fiber and acidity than that produced in other countries; And it can contain up to four times more vitamin C than regular varieties.

Hipólito Vergara, director of pineapple operations at Verba Odrec, said that these qualities of the Panamanian fruit have allowed demand to strengthen towards the European market now that consumers are demanding more fruits and vegetables reports TVN

Our customers in Europe, who supply supermarket chains, report that pineapple consumption has risen. "We have clients in Italy, one of our main markets, and so far they have not canceled any orders, on the contrary, we have increased them," said Vergara.

The Chorrera company exports to Europe between 40,000 and 50,000 kilograms of the fruit a week. 20% of the shipments go to the Italian market. Verba Odrec pineapple is packed on pallets (wooden pallet) with capacity for 36 boxes with six fruits per box.

The box with six fruits and an average weight of 12 kilograms shipped by air has a cost in the European market of between $10 and $12. For boxes sent by boat, its price ranges from $ 5 to $ 6 per box.

Turkey, the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Jordan, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France, Ireland, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, are some of the main destinations for the Panamanian fruit.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/pandemic-boosts-panama-pineapple-sales

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Pubs and bars closed as virus cases climb to 55

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Posted 15/03/2020

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus,  in Panama  has climbed from 43 to 55, said  Minister of Health, Rosario Turner at Sunday’s daily press conference

Of these cases, 80% have mild symptoms. Meanwhile, 10 are hospitalized: six are in critical condition and four are in wards.

The director of Health, Nadja Porcell, said that there 44 patients (30 women and 25 men isolated in their homes.

Among the new cases, there is one in Santiago de Veraguas, and another in the province of Colón. The Santiago patient, a health sector worker who was on a tourist trip is being held in the Luis Chicho Fábrega hospital. The other case in the Manuel Amador Guerrero hospital in Colón.

Minister Turner announced that as of Monday, March 16 all entertainment areas in hotels, discos, bars, canteens, casinos and the like will be closed  Likewise, playgrounds that operate inside and outside restaurants may not operate.

The Government also temporarily banned access to public beaches, rivers, swimming pools and spas.

Meanwhile, the Panama Canal Authority has  closed  the Miraflores and Agua Clara visitor centers

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/pubs-and-bars-closed-as-virus-cases-climb-to-55

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Surgeries,,hospital appointments, visits suspended

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Posted 15/03/2020

Elective surgeries, outpatient appointments, and hospital visits have been suspended nationwide by the Ministry of Health as a preventive measure against coronavirus. The move includes all public and private hospitals.

The Ministry reports on its Twitter account that it has increased coordination actions to confront COVID-19 by adding companies, private clinics, medical directors and health professionals.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/surgerieshospital-appointments-visits-suspended

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Gobierno prohibe ingreso de extranjeros al país y ordena cierre de locales de diversión y comerciales, tras aumentar a 55 los casos de coronavirus

Para Turner, el tener mayor registro de casos permite de alguna manera la búsqueda activa y poder atender a las personas de manera oportuna, orientarlas y evitar complicaciones

Por Gustavo A. Aparicio O.

 

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El Gobierno Nacional, a través de la Ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner, comunicó que hasta la tarde de este domingo se han detectado en total 55 casos confirmados de coronavirus en el país, y anunció en conferencia de prensa el cierre de actividades de diversión en hoteles, bares, discotecas, cantinas, casinos y similares; e igualmente en los parques infantiles que funcionan dentro de restaurantes. 

Minutos más tarde, en un comunicado emitido por el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) se informó que mediante resolución ministerial y por la emergencia nacional, se ordena el cierre  temporal de los establecimientos comerciales en todo el país, excepto supermercados, farmacias, centros médicos y establecimientos para la venta de productos de salud, así como de combustible y alimentos. La medida aplica para los centros comerciales.

En el caso de los restaurantes se suspende la atención al público para expendio de alimentos en salón. Se permitirá el expendio de alimentos preparados para el consumo local, y se permitirá prestar exclusivamente el servicio para llevar o entrega a domicilio. También se dispuso la prohibición para el acceso a playas, ríos , piscinas y balnearios públicos.     

"El Ministerio de Salud notifica que el día de hoy se registran 55 casos acumulados, de ellos el 80% han sido clasificados como leves y se manejan intra domiciliariamente", anunció Turner.

"Nuestras estadísticas coinciden con el comportamiento que esta pandemia ha presentado a nivel mundial", explicó la ministra de Salud.

Manifestó que por razones de emergencia nacional ha tomado la decisión de fortalecer todas las medidas que permitan la prevención, mitigación y control de la pandemia.

"Por eso, el día de hoy estamos indicando y mañana va a estar en Gaceta Oficial, el cierre de áreas de diversión, de hoteles, bares, discotecas, cantinas, casinos y similares. Igualmente los parques infantiles que funcionan dentro de restaurantes", anunció la ministra.

Destacó además que lejos de ser motivo de preocupación el incremento de casos, el tener mayor registro de casos permite de alguna manera la búsqueda activa, el poder atender a las personas de manera oportuna, orientarlas y evitar complicaciones.   

Detalle de casos

Nadja Porcel, Directora de Salud Pública del Ministerio de Salud detalló que de los 55 casos confirmados, hay 44 personas bajo aislamiento domiciliario, 10 hospitalizados, de los cuales 6 están en unidades críticas y 4 casos están en sala regular.

Sostuvo que la distribución por sexo se mantiene la proporción de más mujeres en relación con el pasado sábado, con 30 pacientes femeninas y 25 de sexo masculino. Uno de los casos es el de un menor de edad.

La mayoría de los casos se presentan en la Región Metropolitana de Salud de Panamá incluyendo los corregimientos de Ancón, Betania, Juan Díaz y San Francisco.

Porcell informó que hay dos casos nuevos, uno en el Hospital Amador Guerrero de la provincia de Colón y otros en el Hospital Luis “Chicho” Fábrega, en la provincia de Veraguas.

Indicó que de estos casos, el de Veraguas según las investigaciones realizadas, se trata de un personal de la salud que en algún momento tuvo un viaje turístico interno, por lo que se presume que tuvo contacto con algún caso o asintomático o sintomático.

Informó que de este caso se tienen 23 personas identificadas como contactos, que ya fueron ubicados y están asintomáticos.

En tanto, el director de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés informó que se han detectado algunos colegas médicos que han resultado positivo, por situaciones de su vida cotidiana, fuera de la institución y hay otros que han sido considerados como expuestos y han sido enviados a sus casas para que se mantengan en aislamiento.

Informó que las consultas en el Hospital de Especialidades Pediátricas y en el Hospital Irma de Lourdes Zanetatos serán canceladas y se desarrollará una estrategia para atender a los casos que necesitan sus medicamentos y que tienen que ser evaluados, lo que se haría en la Policlínica Manuel Ferrer Valdés.

Prohíben ingreso de extranjeros al país     

El ministro de Seguridad, Juan Pino anunció por su parte, que a partir de mañana a las 11:59 p.m. solo podrán entrar al país los panameños y extranjeros residentes, por vías marítimas, aéreas o terrestres.

"Esta medida tiene la intención principal de proteger la vida de todas las personas a nivel nacional. Los alimentos, medicinas y todos los insumos médicos seguirán entrando y se harán las coordinaciones necesarias para ejecutar las mismas", informó Pino.

Todo pasajero panameño o residente en el extranjero tendrá aislamiento preventivo obligatorio en su domicilio por 14 días.

Con respecto a la posibilidad de que se declare una cuarentena en el país, las autoridades precisaron que esta es una decisión que será evaluada en su momento dependiendo de avance la situación.

“La decisión de una cuarentena total (...) son decisiones políticas y sanitarias (…) extremadamente rigurosas pero eso va complementar todo lo que se está haciendo. Creo que tiene que ser evaluada escalonadamente conforme se comporte la epidemia o el brote que tenemos ahora mismo, y que se está comportando como se ha publicado en China y otros países”, puntualizó el infectólogo, Xavier Sanz Llorens.

A la pregunta sobre las posibles medidas para atender a los panameños que trabajan en la informalidad, Turner adelantó que mañana se informará sobre las nuevas decisiones económicas que tomará el Gobierno.

Anunciarán medidas económicas

Por su parte, el  ministro Consejero José Alejandro Rojas informó que el Gobierno en la parte económica está en contacto directo con la banca, con la Superintendencia de Bancos para poder establecer cuáles pudieran ser las medidas para poder apoyar a los panameños.

“En las próximas horas algunos bancos estarán expresando su solidaridad para poder apoyar a los panameños y poder apoyar a la economía”, preciso Rojas.

De igual manera, expresó que se está trabajando en otras medidas que incluyen al sector energético para poder ayudar a los panameños a que puedan subsistir en su diario vivir y que las empresas puedan mantener esos empleos de tal manera, que una el país salga de esta situación temporal, podamos seguir adelante.

Con información de Juan Cajar

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Government prohibits foreigners from entering the country and orders the closure of entertainment venues and shops, after increasing the number of coronavirus cases to 55

For Turner, having a greater record of cases allows in some way the active search and being able to attend to people in a timely manner, guide them and avoid complications

By Gustavo A. Aparicio O.
Updated 03/15/2020 20:45

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The National Government, through the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, reported that until Sunday afternoon, a total of 55 confirmed cases of coronavirus had been detected in the country, and announced at a press conference the closure of fun activities in hotels, bars, discos, canteens, casinos and the like; and also in the playgrounds that work inside restaurants.

Minutes later, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Health (Minsa), it was reported that a ministerial resolution and the national emergency ordered the temporary closure of commercial establishments throughout the country, except supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centers and establishments for the sale of health products, as well as fuel and food. The measure applies to shopping centers.

In the case of restaurants, customer service is suspended for selling food in the lounge. The sale of food prepared for local consumption will be allowed, and it will be allowed to provide exclusively the service to take away or home delivery. A ban was also established for access to public beaches, rivers, swimming pools and spas.

"The Ministry of Health reports that 55 accumulated cases are registered today, 80% of which have been classified as minor and are handled intra-domiciliary," Turner announced.

"Our statistics coincide with the behavior that this pandemic has exhibited worldwide," explained the Minister of Health.

He stated that for reasons of national emergency, he has taken the decision to strengthen all measures that allow the prevention, mitigation and control of the pandemic.

"For this reason, today we are indicating and tomorrow it will be in the Official Gazette, the closure of amusement areas, hotels, bars, discos, canteens, casinos and the like. Likewise the playgrounds that work within restaurants", announced the minister.

He also noted that far from being a cause for concern the increase in cases, having a greater record of cases somehow allows active search, being able to attend to people in a timely manner, guide them and avoid complications.

Case detail

Nadja Porcel, Director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health explained that of the 55 confirmed cases, there are 44 people in home isolation, 10 hospitalized, of whom 6 are in critical units and 4 cases are in the regular ward.

He maintained that the distribution by sex remains the proportion of more women in relation to last Saturday, with 30 female patients and 25 male. One of the cases is that of a minor.

Most of the cases occur in the Metropolitan Health Region of Panama, including the towns of Ancón, Betania, Juan Díaz and San Francisco.

Porcell reported that there are two new cases, one in the Amador Guerrero Hospital in the province of Colón and others in the Luis “Chicho” Fábrega Hospital, in the province of Veraguas.

He indicated that of these cases, that of Veraguas according to the investigations carried out, it is a health personnel who at some point had an internal tourist trip, so it is presumed that they had contact with a case or asymptomatic or symptomatic.

He reported that in this case there are 23 people identified as contacts, who have already been located and are asymptomatic.

Meanwhile, the director of the Social Security Fund (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés reported that some medical colleagues have been detected who have tested positive, due to situations in their daily lives, outside the institution and there are others who have been considered as exposed and have been sent home to be kept in isolation.

He informed that the consultations in the Hospital of Pediatric Specialties and in the Irma Hospital of Lourdes Zanetatos will be canceled and a strategy will be developed to attend to the cases that need their medications and that have to be evaluated, which would be done at the Manuel Ferrer Polyclinic Valdes.

Foreigners are prohibited from entering the country

The Minister of Security, Juan Pino announced for his part, that starting tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. Only Panamanians and resident foreigners may enter the country, by sea, air or land.

"This measure has the main intention of protecting the lives of all people at the national level. Food, medicines and all medical supplies will continue to enter and the necessary coordination will be made to execute them," Pino reported.

All Panamanian passenger or resident abroad will have mandatory preventive isolation at home for 14 days.

Regarding the possibility of a quarantine being declared in the country, the authorities specified that this is a decision that will be evaluated in due course depending on the progress of the situation.

"The decision of a total quarantine (...) are extremely rigorous political and health decisions (...) but that will complement everything that is being done. I think it has to be evaluated in stages according to the behavior of the epidemic or the outbreak that we have right now, and that it is behaving as it has been published in China and other countries, "said the infectologist, Xavier Sanz Llorens.

When asked about the possible measures to attend to Panamanians who work in informality, Turner announced that tomorrow he will be informed about the new economic decisions that the Government will take.

Economic measures announced

For his part, Minister Counselor José Alejandro Rojas reported that the Government in the economic part is in direct contact with banks, with the Superintendency of Banks in order to establish what could be the measures to be able to support Panamanians.

"In the next few hours, some banks will be expressing their solidarity in order to support Panamanians and to support the economy," said Rojas.

In the same way, he expressed that other measures are being worked on that include the energy sector in order to help Panamanians to survive in their daily lives and that companies can maintain those jobs in such a way that the country leaves this country. temporary situation, we can move on.

With information from Juan Cajar

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Regulan jornada laboral por estado de emergencia

El ministerio de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral  firmó un decreto para reglamentar temporalmente las horas de trabajo

Por Lourdes García Armuelles

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“Dado la declaración de un estado de emergencia en el país, el Ministerio de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral (Mitradel) firmo un decreto para reglamentar temporalmente la jornada laboral. La modificación se haría al artículo 159 del Código de Trabajo”, informó Doris Zapata, ministra del Mitradel.

Durante conferencia de prensa, la funcionaria destacó que otras de las medias que sugieren es la del teletrabajo. También propuso a las empresas evacuar los tiempos compensatorios y las vacaciones de los empleados. 

Como la ley del teletrabajo aún no está regulada, el Mitradel emitió este viernes un modelo de Acuerdo de Modificación Temporal de la Jornada de Trabajo. Se encuentra en el decreto ejecutivo número 71 publicado este viernes en la Gaceta Oficial. 

 
Es una adenda al contrato que debe ser regido bajo mutuo acuerdo entre jefe y empleado, tomando en cuenta los mecanismos que muestra la ley. Cada adenda de contrato debe ser presentada en la dirección de trabajo de la entidad, explicó Zapata. 
 
"Es importante establecer que mediante el decreto que es de común acuerdo se pueda ir trabajando con la nueva jornada de trabajo" Doris Zapata, Ministra del Mitradel 

Zapata advirtió que dentro de la Ley solo queda pendiente la reglamentación. “Ya estamos recibiendo las observaciones de los diferentes sectores”, acotó.

Raúl Fernández, diputado independiente de la Asamblea Nacional y propulsor de la Ley de Teletrabajo, destacó que la reglamentación vendría a dar los parámetros específicos que el Mitradel quiere abarcar en este nuevo sistema. 

"Con la reglamentación tendremos ajustes muchos más claros, pero con la Ley se puede aplicar de igual forma"Raúl Fernández
Diputado independiente de la Asamblea Nacional 

El diputado dijo que en Panamá está más reglamentado que en otros países, ya que en muchos de los casos los gobiernos internacionales solo llegan aprobar un decreto o una actividad que se relacione a esta, más no una ley de teletrabajo como tal.

Para Fernández la Ley de Teletrabajo es una iniciativa moderna que ha “caído” en un tiempo importante para el país, ya que las empresas puedan usarla para prevenir la propagación del coronavirus (COVID-19).

René Quevedo, especialista en temas laborales, mencionó que no cree que con los avances que ha ocasionado el COVID-19, el Mitradel quiera acelerar este proceso. No obstante, dijo que se puede aprovechar  la oportunidad de un avance.

"Hay que recordar que el tema del coronavirus es coyuntural, pero tenemos que mirar a los temas estructurales que realmente van a incidir en la Ley. El virus se va mañana...pero los elementos estructurales se quedan"René Quevedo
Especialista en temas laborales 

La ministra instó a las empresas a limitar las actividades a los trabajadores mayores de 60 años y a los que tengan enfermedades que puedan hacerlos más vulnerables al COVID-19.

 

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They regulate working hours by state of emergency

The Ministry of Labor and Labor Development signed a decree to temporarily regulate working hours

By Lourdes García Armuelles
Updated 03/13/2020 18:48

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“Given the declaration of a state of emergency in the country, the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel) signed a decree to temporarily regulate working hours. The modification would be made to article 159 of the Labor Code ”, informed Doris Zapata, minister of Mitradel.

During a press conference, the official stressed that other of the means they suggest is that of teleworking. He also proposed to companies to evacuate compensatory times and employee vacations.

As the teleworking law is not yet regulated, the Mitradel issued this Friday a model of Temporary Modification of the Workday Agreement. It is found in executive decree number 71 published this Friday in the Official Gazette.

Executive Decree No. 71

It is an addendum to the contract that must be governed by mutual agreement between boss and employee, taking into account the mechanisms shown by law. Each addendum to the contract must be submitted to the entity's work address, Zapata explained.

"It is important to establish that by means of the decree that is in common agreement, one can work with the new working day" Doris Zapata, Minister of Mitradel

Zapata warned that within the Law, only the regulations are pending. "We are already receiving the observations of the different sectors," he said.

Raúl Fernández, an independent deputy of the National Assembly and promoter of the Telework Law, stressed that the regulation would come to give the specific parameters that Mitradel wants to cover in this new system.

"With the regulation we will have much clearer adjustments, but with the Law it can be applied in the same way" Raúl Fernández, Independent deputy of the National Assembly

The deputy said that in Panama it is more regulated than in other countries, since in many cases international governments only get to approve a decree or an activity related to it, but not a telework law as such.

For Fernández, the Telework Law is a modern initiative that has "fallen" in an important time for the country, since companies can use it to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

René Quevedo, a specialist in labor issues, mentioned that he does not believe that with the advances that COVID-19 has caused, Mitradel wants to accelerate this process. However, he said that the opportunity for progress can be seized.
"We must remember that the issue of the coronavirus is temporary, but we have to look at the structural issues that are really going to affect the Law. The virus is leaving tomorrow ... but the structural elements remain" René Quevedo
Specialist in labor issues

The minister urged companies to limit activities to workers over 60 years of age and to those with illnesses that could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

 

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Coronavirus en Panamá: escuelas cierran, casinos siguen abiertos

La Junta de Control de Juegos envió una serie de medidas para evitar la propagación del Covid-19 entre las personas que asisten a las salas de juegos

Por Mileika Lasso

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El Gobierno ordena a los casinos cumplir las medidas que determina el Ministerio de Salud.Archivo | La Estrella de Panamá

A tres días de declararse el Covid-19 de manera oficial en Panamá, las escuelas públicas y particulares del país, así como las universidades, ordenaron el cese de sus operaciones por casi un mes. Pero los casinos y las agencias de apuestas de eventos deportivos, solo deben mantener a disposición de los cientes gel alcoholado y alcohol puro.

A través de un comunicado de prensa, este miércoles, la Junta de Control de Juegos (JCJ) —entidad adscrita al Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas— exigió a través de un comunicado de prensa a los operadores y administradores de casinos cumplir con las normas sanitarias del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa).

En el documento, la JCJ informa estos negocios deben cumplir con las siguientes medidas:

  • Reforzar la limpieza de las áreas de juego, máquinas tragamonedas tipo “A”, máquinas tipo "C" y dispositivos de juego en general.
  • Mantener a disposición de los clientes los implementos de limpieza como gel alcoholado, alcohol puro, y demás artículos de higiene recomendados por el Minsa, tendientes a evitar posibles contagios.
  • Abstenerse de realizar actividades complementarias masivas, que promuevan la afluencia de personas a los casinos completos, salas de máquinas tragamonedas tipo “A”, agencias de apuestas de eventos deportivos, salas de bingo y salas de juego (máquinas tipo "C").
  • Recomiendan el uso de termómetro digital para obtener la temperatura del personal y los clientes al momento de ingresar a los locales.

La JCJ en coordinación con el Minsa, instruye la implementación de las medidas antes mencionadas, con la finalidad de evitar la propagación del coronavirus entre la población que asiste a las salas de juegos en la República de Panamá y coadyuvar con los esfuerzos del Gobierno Nacional en este sentido.

Mientras que en el Hipódromo Presidente Remón, las carreras de caballos programadas para el día jueves 12 de marzo de 2020, serán reprogramadas para el día viernes 13 de marzo de 2020, a puerta cerrada y televisadas en los canales habituales.

La suspensión también abarca actividades de aglomeración como ferias, cabalgatas, conciertos y juegos deportivos.

 

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Coronavirus in Panama: schools close, casinos remain open

The Gaming Control Board sent a series of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among people who attend the gaming rooms

By Mileika Lasso
Updated 03/15/2020 16:29

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The Government orders casinos to comply with the measures determined by the Ministry of Health. Archive | The Panama Star

Three days after the Covid-19 was officially declared in Panama, the country's public and private schools, as well as the universities, ordered the cessation of its operations for almost a month. But casinos and sports event betting agencies should only keep alcoholic gel and pure alcohol available to customers.

Through a press release, this Wednesday, the Gaming Control Board (JCJ) —an entity attached to the Ministry of Economy and Finance— demanded, through a press release, casino operators and administrators to comply with sanitary regulations of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

In the document, the JCJ informs these businesses must comply with the following measures:

  • Reinforce the cleanliness of the gaming areas, type “A” slot machines, type “C” machines and general gaming devices.
  • Keep cleaning implements such as alcohol gel, pure alcohol, and other hygiene articles recommended by the Minsa available to customers, in order to avoid possible contagion.
  • Refrain from carrying out massive complementary activities that promote the influx of people to full casinos, type "A" slot machines, sports event betting agencies, bingo halls and game rooms (type "C" machines).
  • They recommend the use of a digital thermometer to obtain the temperature of the staff and customers when entering the premises.

The JCJ, in coordination with the Minsa, instructs the implementation of the aforementioned measures, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among the population that attends game rooms in the Republic of Panama and contribute to the efforts of the National Government in this sense.

While at the Presidente Remón Racecourse, the horse races scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020, will be rescheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020, behind closed doors and televised on the usual channels.

The suspension also encompasses crowding activities such as fairs, horseback riding, concerts, and sports games.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200311/200315-escuelas-cierran-coronavirus-casinos-siguen-gel-antibacterial

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Major Correction to earlier information. The Ministry of Health published an interesting addendum to the closure order. It seems that restaurants may remain open as long as they don't have more than 50 people in the place at one time.

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We regret the confusion that has been generated, we reiterate the are the establishments that will remain closed from Monday March 16, 2020.

Bars, discotheques, canteens, barbecues, party rooms, circuses, billiards, theaters, cinemas, swimming pools, sports fields, gyms, playgrounds, working hours, casinos, convention centers (including convention centers within hotels), motorcycle racetracks and sports centers.

In addition, establishments that concentrate 50 or more people at the same time will be subject to sanctions.

 

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La campaña ‘Quédate en Casa’, la estrategia en redes sociales para combatir el coronavirus

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The 'Stay at Home' campaign, the social media strategy to combat the coronavirus

Henry Cárdenas P.
16 Mar 2020 - 07:44 AM
 
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Knowing the experience of other countries, the 'Stay at Home' campaign has intensified in Panama as one of the key strategies to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Social networks are flooded with videos and photos in order to raise public awareness that one of the measures to control the virus is to stay home to reduce the risk of contagion.

Students abroad, national artists, athletes, health personnel and state entities have joined this initiative in the country to combat the virus, which according to the latest report has 55 people confirmed with Covid-19.

One of the most 'viralized' videos is one that was posted on Panamanian students abroad.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/la-campana-quedate-en-casa-la-estrategia-en-redes-sociales-para-combatir-el-coronavirus/

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El impacto del Covid-19 en el sector dental panameño

La Asociación Odontológica Panameña recomienda que los consultorios odontológicos pospongan cualquier atención no urgente. Una decisión ‘muy difícil, pero necesaria’

Por Keila E. Rojas L.

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La solicitud de atender solo urgencias fue comunicada a las autoridades del Ministerio de Salud (MINSA) y la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS).EFE

La situación sanitaria por la epidemia del coronavirus Covid-19 (2019-nCoV) supone una situación de alto riesgo para el mundo de la odontología, considerando que los profesionales de este ramo de la salud, deben trabajar sobre la saliva y aliento de los pacientes.

Por esta razón, y “basados en la evidencia científica, tomamos la decisión de recomendar que los consultorios odontológicos en general pospongan cualquier atención no urgente (electiva) durante el tiempo que sea necesario a partir del 16 de marzo de 2020, decisión muy difícil y controversial, pero necesaria en estos momentos de crisis sanitaria”, manifestó la Asociación Odontológica Panameña, a través de comunicado.

La organización aclara que “esta es una recomendación, más no un mandato”. “Como líderes de la profesión en cuidado de la salud oral, somos responsables de garantizar la seguridad de nuestros ciudadanos, de nuestro personal y de nuestras familias”, sustenta.

Añade, “es nuestro deseo que todos nos unamos para cumplir esta recomendación y posponer todos los procedimientos electivos. En este momento, nuestra prioridad es hacer nuestra parte para disminuir la velocidad de transmisión”.

La Asociación continuará actualizando pautas muy específicas relacionadas con el aislamiento social, las modificaciones de procedimientos para controlar la contaminación por aerosoles y gotas.

La solicitud de atender solo urgencias fue comunicada a las autoridades del Ministerio de Salud (MINSA) y la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), según el comunicado.

 

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The impact of Covid-19 in the Panamanian dental sector

The Panamanian Dental Association recommends that dental offices postpone any non-urgent care. A decision ‘very difficult, but necessary’

By Keila E. Rojas L.
Updated 03/16/2020 13:11

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The request to attend only emergencies was communicated to the authorities of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) .EFE

The health situation due to the Covid-19 (2019-nCoV) coronavirus epidemic represents a high-risk situation for the world of dentistry, considering that professionals in this field of health must work on the saliva and breath of patients .

For this reason, and “based on scientific evidence, we made the decision to recommend that dental offices in general postpone any non-urgent (elective) care for as long as necessary from March 16, 2020, a very difficult decision and controversial, but necessary at this time of health crisis, "said the Panamanian Dental Association, through a statement.

The organization clarifies that "this is a recommendation, but not a mandate." "As leaders of the profession in oral health care, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our citizens, our staff and our families," he says.

He adds, “It is our desire that we all come together to fulfill this recommendation and to postpone all elective procedures. Right now, our priority is to do our part to slow down transmission speed. ”

The Association will continue to update very specific guidelines related to social isolation, modifications of procedures to control contamination by aerosols and drops.

The request to attend only emergencies was communicated to the authorities of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), according to the statement.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200316/impacto-covid-19-sector-dental-panameno

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