MINSA: Press Release #69

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Sunday May 3, 2020
MINSA participates in the "Accelerator for access to tools against COVID-19" strategy

To strengthen the global fight against COVID-19, starting tomorrow Monday, the strategy called "Accelerator for access to tools against COVID-19" will be launched, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), which seeks to add in a global collaboration; the development, production and equitable access to new diagnostic means, therapeutic options and vaccines in the fight against this pandemic.

Panama, as a member of the WHO, will have access to this tool, which should also strive to make diagnoses and treatments throughout the world as democratic, accessible and safe as possible.

This Sunday, the health minister, Rosario Turner, met with the COVID-19 control advisers to evaluate the situation in Panama to establish processes for the end of the quarantine in the country.

In this meeting indicators such as, the installed capacity, death and the traceability of cases and contacts were considered, since the clinical behavior in Panama has not been observed in other countries, therefore they have expanded these parameters for decision making.

MINSA requests to the other institutions involved in the control and mitigation of COVID-19 to comply with Decree 1617, which establishes that mandatory notification events must be reported in less than 48 hours, otherwise will proceed with sanctions contemplated in the legal regulations.

Epidemiological report

Today, Sunday, May 3, a total of 3,144 patients have been recovered, while 107 new cases were detected, for a total of 7,197.

In home isolation there are 3,480 patients (1,095 in hotels), 200 deceased, 373 hospitalized, 282 in wards and 91 patients in the intensive care units.

MINSA requests the population to continue implementing measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and the correct use of masks, which are efficient weapons to eradicate COVID-19.

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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