MINSA: Press Release #43

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Tuesday April 7th, 2020
The virus will die if left alone on the streets: Minister of Security

Today, April 7th, World Health Day, the National Government reinforces its commitment to continue fighting to guarantee the right to health for the entire population.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, since last January the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has managed actions to confront it throughout the country, including the reinforcement of facilities’ capacity, human resources, supplies and medications.

As proof of the commitment of the National Government, on Tuesday the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, visited the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which already provides care to patients with respiratory symptoms.

Later, Turner continued to the "drive-through" center in Amador, where she thanked the MINSA team for their work from the moment this point was enabled to receive the vehicles that take samples of COVID-19 from all the people who come because they suspect they are infected.

Call to the population

World Health Day calls for everyone to reflect upon the recommendations to stay home, to obey the quarantine and to practice social distancing.

The director of the Caja de Seguro Social, Enrique Lau Cortés, insisted on the need for citizens to stay at home. In addition, he said that a new quick service point has been opened at the Panapass installation center. Starting tomorrow, a new module will be installed for those who want to pay their voluntary social security to do so by credit card. He also announced that it will soon be possible to pay through the ACH system.


The Minister of Security, Juan Pino, recognized that the citizens of the comarcas, as well as those of the provinces of Veraguas, Los Santos and Coclé who, together with their local authorities, have complied with the request to stay home to combat the new coronavirus.

He said that the virus requires a living being to transport itself and that, if the population stays at home, it will die.

As for the people who violated the quarantine, he reported that yesterday 797 detainees were registered, of whom 43 are minors. Most of them are in Western Panamá, Central Panamá, Herrera and Chiriquí.

Panama Solidarity Program

In her report, the Minister of Social Development, Markova Concepción, said that as of  Monday 224,883 bags and 120,153 bonds from the Panama Solidarity Program had been delivered. Two new regional centers are organized in Azuero and Coclé for the elaboration and distribution of bags and bonds.

Epidemiological report

At the end of April 7th, 149 new cases have been registered (for a cumulative total of 2,249). 16 patients have recovered.

There are 1,906 patients in home quarantine (379 staying in hotels), 91 in the intensive care unit, 177 hospitalized in the wards and 59 deceased.

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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