MINSA: Press Release #72

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Wednesday May 6, 2020
Liquor sales will be limited throughout the country

Today the Ministry of Health (MINSA) held a meeting with the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) to establish the road map for the transfer of the modular hospital "Panama Solidario", to the Ministry of Health, complying with hospital and government regulations, such as occupancy permits and inspections.

The MINSA is completing the coordination phase with the ministries of Security and Commerce and Industries, in order to implement the gradual lifting of the restrictions established in the decree that prohibits the sale, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

It is important to inform that this new provision will come into effect next Friday, May 8 and it will limit the number of alcoholic beverages that each person may acquire, and it will be exclusively for domestic consumption.

The MINSA informs that all kinds of meetings are prohibited, much less public consumption of alcoholic beverages, anywhere in the Republic.

One of the innovative strategies that is giving good results is the “Protégete” (Protect yourself) platform, which, after a week of starting its pilot plan, reports the successful follow-up of 140 patients in home isolation, in the areas of Río Abajo and Tocumen.

Given the results detected, in the coming days this program will be expanded to the rest of the Metropolitan Health Region and later throughout the country.

"Protégete" is a tool that allows the daily self-diagnosis of COVID-19 patients in home isolation. A team of MINSA officials and the Government Innovation Authority (AIG) contact patients and instruct them on how to install and use this platform.

This Wednesday, for the third consecutive day, it was verified if businesses were keeping the sanitary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health, unfortunately observing the same behavior in the population as days before.

Epidemiological report

Today, May 6, there are 4,477 recovered patients, 208 new cases, for a cumulative total of 7,731, with 218 deceased.

2,678 people are registered in home isolation (996 in hotels); 358 are hospitalized, there are 270 in the wards and 88 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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