MINSA: Press Release #25

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Ministry of Health announces new mobility measures to combat the spread of COVID-19

The National Government, fulfilling its role of guaranteeing the country's health security, announced that, starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the "curfew" will be extended from 5 in the afternoon to 5 in the morning, throughout the National territory.

The measure, attached to the “Protégete Panamá” (Protect yourself Panama) plan, is established to safeguard the peace and security of the entire population throughout the country and is done progressively as a measure prior to establishing a national quarantine. Similarly, it is established that working hours in the public sector will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.d; except for workers that, by nature, must keep their functions operational.

Through Executive Decree No. 504, sanctions for those who violate sanitary provisions, which include isolation, as determined by the Ministry of Health (MINSA), will get fines ranging from 50 thousand to 100 thousand Balboas.

Drug supply and hospital capacity

MINSA announced that it has purchased one million tablets of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin, drugs that are used in the tested treatment in other countries to combat COVID-19.

The distribution of supplies, medicines and equipment continues to be strengthened so that the population can have access to all the facilities of MINSA and the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) in the country, while the delivery - in 20 days - of an Intensive Care Unit equipped with 26 beds and fans in the "City of Health" is constructed.

The CSS reported on the new pharmacy care system for patients with chronic diseases, indicating that the medications will be home delivered after registering on line 199 or the web portal https://recetas.css.gob.pa/pe_solicitud_n.php?, to guarantee the containment of the new coronavirus strain.

Cases Update

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, 345 confirmed cases are reported, of which 289 are in home isolation (83.8%). 50 patients are hospitalized, 33 in ward (9.6%) and 17 in the intensive care unit (4.9%).

3,233 tests have been carried out, of which 2,849 (89%), since up to now 6 deaths have been reported (1.74%).

The Ministry of Health urges the population to follow all the indications that it has been providing through social networks and institutional messages 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 accounts of the Ministry of Health on the main social networks and on its website (www.minsa.gob.pa)

Also available is the 169 call center and the WhatsApp number 69972539

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