MINSA: Press Release #55

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Sunday April 19, 2020
Absolute quarantine measures remain in force throughout the country

Based on the provisions of the decrees to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, citizens are warned that the absolute quarantine is still in force throughout the national territory. Provisions stipulate that women and men can go out according to their corresponding days of the week. 

Inter-institutional work by all state entities and Panamanian society has minimized the impact of the pandemic on the health system, said MINSA Vice Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre. The Government Innovation Authority has developed a robust platform that allows accurate and timely data to be viewed through ROSA, PACO, NICO and a new platform for scheduling vaccination appointments. 

In addition, medical directors have been instructed to make a situational diagnosis for doctors over 60 years of age at high-risk for morbidity, so that they may temporarily offer consultations from virtual offices. 

MINSA called on all new doctors to accept the positions that the State offers to be part of the team fighting COVID-19. The call was joined by the National Negotiating Medical Commission (COMENENAL). 

The companies that selflessly contributed to the supply of equipment, supplies, food and other items were thanked. 

Security report

The Deputy Minister of Security, Ivor Pittí, pointed out that at the close of this weekend in quarantine, that the majority of the population answered the call to stay at home, but people have been detected violating the alcohol ban. Some merchants have also been caught selling liquor and beer clandestinely. 

In Viejo Veranillo, where a clandestine cockfight was discovered, 60 people were consuming alcoholic beverages. The falsification of a safe-conduct pass was also detected. 

In the last 24 hours, 436 people were detained for failing to comply with the curfew (380 men, 29 women and 27 minors). In addition, six taxis were removed for violating the circulation decree. 

The Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) reinforces medical care

The the director of the CSS Enrique Lau Cortés reported that the CSS has 2,255 beds available in wards, 85 in intensive and semi-intensive care units, as well as 131 fans. 

Of the total 2,225 beds in wards, 219 are occupied by patients with Covid19 and 775 with patients from other causes; 1,281 are available. In intensive and semi-intensive care units there are 220 beds, of which 59 are occupied by patients with Covid19 and 79 by other patients: there are 85 available. Regarding mechanical ventilators, the CSS has 253. 62 are in use by patients with Covid19 and 60 by patients due to other causes. There are 131 available. 

Starting tomorrow, after disinfection, the Generoso Guardia polyclinic at Santa Librada, the JJ Vallarino clinic in Juan Díaz and Carlos Brin clinic in San Francisco, and the Ezequiel Abadía Hospital in Soná, Veraguas province will reopen. 

Panama Solidarity

The deputy minister of MIDES, Milagros Ramos, reported that more than 13,000 volunteers work making bags, vouchers and other tools of the Panama Solidarity Program in support of those affected by COVID-19. 

Epidemiological report

Today, 165 patients are reported to be recovered epidemiologically and 1,809 clinically. There are 194 new cases for a cumulative total of 4,467 cases. 

There are 259 patients hospitalized in the wards and 98 in the intensive care unit; 126 deceased. There are 3,819 people in home quarantine and 908 in hotels. 

467,728 bags and 276,282 bonds were delivered to various parts of the country. 

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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