MINSA: Press Release #40

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Saturday, April 4th, 2020
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be able to go out with their parents during quarantine

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports that children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum syndrome may leave their homes accompanied by their parents, for a period of 45 minutes, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. The patient's family member must carry the certificate of the National Secretariat for Disability (Senadis) or the treating doctor. This measure will be applied for the entire duration of the COVID-19 quarantine.

The population is reminded that, tomorrow, Sunday, April 5th, they should not leave home, in compliance with Decree No. 507, as a strategy to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

Continuing with the promotion of protection measures, the National Directorate for Health Promotion delivered 4,000 masks at the entrance to the district of Arraiján. However, MINSA emphasizes that the use of masks should be a priority for people who are at high risk levels.

Surgical or shell masks should be used by health officials and homemade masks for the rest of the population. These masks must be washed after being used.

Similarly, the direction of Tap Water and Sanitary Sewers (Disapas), reports that today they supplied water to rural aqueducts in tank trucks in the communities of Santa Cruz de Villalobos, Llano de Jesús on 24 de December, III y IV Etapa, El Simar and Finca Isabel, in Las Mañanitas, benefiting some 2,450 inhabitants who will have water for COVID-19 hygiene measures.

Epidemiological report

As of Saturday, April 4th, 13 people have recovered. 128 new cases have been detected, for a total of 1,801 positive cases.

So far, 229 hospitalized patients are reported, of whom 154 are in the wards and 75 are in intensive care. 46 deaths are registered to date.

1,513 people and 298 patients are quarantined at home or in "hospital hotels."

10 transfers have been made from hotels to hospitals, representing an important opportunity to provide a timely response to patients, with the aim of reducing the probability of admission to the Intensive Care Unit.

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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