MINSA: Press Release #37

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Wednesday April 1, 2020
Authorities initiate sanctions for people who violate the sanitary measures

The Ministry of Health (MINSA), in coordination with the Public Services Authority (ASEP) and the Government Innovation Authority (AIG), has already begun investigations to disconnect the telephone lines of those who made false calls to the national hotline number, 169, and sent those files to the Public Ministry (MP).

Along with her team, the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, toured the 169 Call Center, where she congratulated the technical and medical team for the work they do 24 hours a day, every day.

The MINSA denies authorizing a wedding in the Punta Paitilla area, for which authorities of the Metropolitan Health Region are investigating for violation of the national quarantine, the consumption of alcoholic beverages during restriction and violation of the curfew.

Strengthening of the health care system

To continue strengthening the “Protégete Panamá” (Protect Yourself Panama) Plan, four intensive care physicians were appointed today, two for the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital, in San Miguelito, and another two for the Nicolás A. Solano Hospital, in La Chorrera.

The MINSA reports that the Institute of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine on the Centenario road is already operating for the care of people with COVID-19 symptoms in the metropolitan area. Attention in this facility is from 7am to 7pm.

And to maximize sampling, a test analysis center will be set up in the parking lots of the Amador Convention Center. These exams will be carried out only by appointment granted by the health authorities. This strategy will allow the timely identification of positive cases in order to cut the spread of the virus.

Epidemiological report

As of today, Wednesday, April 1, nine (9) recovered patients and 136 new cases are reported. 7,333 tests have been carried out, of which 6,016 were negative and 1,317 were positive.

1,078 people are in home isolation, while 198 are hospitalized, of which 135 are in the ward and 63 are in the Intensive Care Unit. To date, 32 deaths are reported.

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 pages (www.minsa.gob.pa and https://yomeinformopma.org/ ). They are also available on our hotline by dialing 169 or WhatsApp number 6997-2539.

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