MINSA: Press Release #24

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Monday, March 23, 2020

The Ministry of Health informs the public that as of today, Monday, March 23, 2020, the hours for public offices will be from 8am to 12 noon.

We also report that MINSA will proceed to fine all residents and foreigners for failing to comply with sanitary measures established by the national government. The sanctions will range from 50,000 to 100,000 dollars.

The executive decree sent today considers sanitary measures in relation to the cases determined to be positive for COVID-19. Beginning now MINSA has the legal right to locate people who are positive for COVID-19 in specific places where they are isolated and are under observation by the medical team.

On the other hand, the national government has acquired more than 4000 tests to diagnose positive cases of COVID-19.

In the press conference at 6:00pm more details will be given regarding these new rules that are intended to guarantee the safety and health of the country.

MINSA reminds the public to stay at home and follow measures to ensure good hygiene in order to win the battle against COVID-19.

All of the official information regarding the novel coronavirus in Panama and the actions that the national government has taken are communicated on MINSA social media accounts and on the web page (www.minsa.gob.pa), they are also available on our hotline by dialing 169 or Whatsapp number 6997-2539.

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