MINSA: Press Release #70

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Monday May 4, 2020
Ministry of Health verifies rules to prevent the spread COVID-19

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) carried out inspections on several supermarkets on Monday, finding these were crowded with people not keeping the physical distance required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and calling on the owners of these businesses to maintain these provisions, which seek to protect the general population.

These operations to verify norms and provisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will be intensified in the coming days so that businesses are firm in maintaining and respecting these measures, since it is imperative to stop the effective reproduction rate of COVID-19, which requires everyone’s collaboration.

The behavior of the population requires social and economic interventions that will allow MINSA and the government a gradual opening to the new normality, without having to roll back the measures established; for this reason the sanction of Law 295 , which adopts social measures aimed at reducing factors that will allow us to maintain a lower COVID-19 reproduction rate.

Epidemiological report

Today, Monday, May 4, 3,229 recovered patients are reported, in addition to 190 new cases, for a total of 7,387, while there are 203 deceased, 3,574 (1,070 in hotels) are registered at home isolation, in hospitalization there are 381 patients, divided into 288 in the wards and 93 patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICU).

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

Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) creates Special Respiratory Care Unit (UCRE)

The Respiratory Care Unit (UCRE), was created with the purpose of helping the management of patients in Intensive Care Units. To date, 29 patients have been treated, of which 6 were transferred to intensive care unit, 1 patient died, 17 were discharged but remain hospitalized and 5 remain in treatment.

This Wednesday, the transfer of non COVID-19 patients to the new annex of the Irma Hospital in Lourdes Tzanetatos will begin.

This annex was made possible thanks to the Metro Line 2 Consortium that offered a space that was previously used as training rooms and an employee's clinic which was adapted at no cost to the CSS.

In this two-story modular annex, 43 new hospital beds have been placed, patients will be attended by medical personnel from the hospital center and offer better care.

Security forces redouble efforts during the total quarantine

Through the Protect yourself Panama Plan, the national police coordinates and focuses front-line actions, together with friendly forces at the national and international level, mainly focused on the society’s well-being, enforcing the sanitary measures required in the fight against COVID-19.

During the weekend's curfew, 1,400 people were held nationwide; men (1,135), women (190) and minors (75), being the provinces of Panama with (424) that scored the most, followed by western Panamá (248), Chiriquí (187), Colón (173) and Coclé (102) provinces.

A total of 82 people were apprehended by the National police for committing crimes or administrative offenses.

As for vehicular mobilization, we keep registered through the ATTT AFORO system, that during the weekend there was a flow into the interior of 4,411 vehicles and 4,424 to the city. If we compare this mobilization with last weekend, there was a decrease of almost 50%.

Government issues “digital bond”

As part of the actions undertaken by the "Panama Solidarity" plan, on Monday April 27th, 266 women made use of the digital voucher in various supermarkets throughout the country, aid promoted by the National Government to those whose incomes are affected.

With the contribution of the private sector, a team of social workers from the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), have delivered 4,800 milk cans, benefiting more than 12,000 boys and girls from all over the country.

In addition, through the Public Ministry, an email account has been set up, identified as: violencedomestica@procuraduria.gob.pa to report domestic violence cases and child abuse. It can also be reported through the phone line 524-2345.

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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