MINSA: Press Release #22

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Sunday, March 22, 2020
Panama’s National Government appoints new doctors and nurses for home care delivery
The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports the appointment of 40 new health professionals, who will attend patients in home quarantine and with mild COVID-19 symptoms. The new appointments strengthen the medical staff, which is currently working hard to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. So far, about 170 new additions have been appointed to protect the health of Panamanians and residents.
The National Government has also taken measures to guarantee the safety of health personnel. For this, a management system has been put in place, through the Terrestrial Transit and Transport Authority (ATTT) and the transport sector, for the transfer of people to medical facilities. New efforts have also been reported to guarantee accommodations and food for the entire team in charge of containing the virus.
The National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG) announced the development of a mobile application called P.A.C.O. (Updated Protection of Cases in Observation), available to the national security corps, pharmacies and food sales establishments, which will allow validation that citizens who are under observation for 14 days, remain in their homes.
Mobility, quarantines and agriculture
The Ministry of Security announced that, in the last 24 hours, arrests of minors have tripled for non-compliance with the official curfew, a measure implemented by the National Government, as a mitigation strategy against COVID-19. In total, about 321 people have been detained.
The official curfew is under effect from 9:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning. In conjunction with the previously established travel bans in the regions with the largest number of cases, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) has promoted the creation of a digital portal that will allow the safe-conduct passes to be issued to workers in sectors that contribute to the fight against the new coronavirus (salvoconducto.innovacion.gob.pa).
For its part, the Ministry of Agricultural Development confirmed the supply of food throughout the country, adding that it is coordinating with producers to guarantee national food security in the current scenario.
Epidemiological data for Panama
The Ministry of Health reported that, as of Sunday, there are a total of 313 positive cases of COVID-19, of which 29 people are hospitalized in the regular ward and another 13 remain in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
To date, some 3,099 laboratory tests have been carried out, of which 90% (2,786) were negative. The number of deaths has not increased: three people have died in total.
MINSA reminds everyone that staying at home, frequent hand washing and following basic hygiene recommendations are the best tools to win the battle against COVID-19.
All official information regarding the new coronavirus in Panama and the actions taken by the national government are communicated through the official social media accounts of the Ministry of Health and on its website (www.minsa.gob.pa). Information is also available by calling the 169 hotline or the WhatsApp number: 6997-2539.
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