MINSA: Press Release #74

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Friday, May 8, 2020
Minister Turner: Panama must prepare for "the new normal".

Panama must prepare for a return to “the new normal” post COVID-19, which includes fundamental adaptations to educational, economic, and social models, including new public health policies.

From now on, the instructions issued by the Ministry of Health in order to save lives will be followed, being the common objective to preserve the human right to health and life.

The new roadmap created by the Ministry of Health will include the management of the health system that will implement strict epidemiological surveillance and compliance with the regulations and established protocols regarding biosecurity.

The health system will be strengthened with the allocation of an additional budget of USD $36 million for the acquisition of supplies, personal protective equipment and the hiring of human resources for epidemiological surveillance and management including COVID-19 patient care.

The health minister, Rosario Turner issued instructions to the regional directors to monitor the faithful compliance of the Decree 612 issued on May 8, which dictates the provisions on the lifting of the alcohol ban, and that in the event that this measure is not fulfilled, the total prohibition will be enforced.

The general population is reminded that a total quarantine is stablished for this Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

The Ministry of Health will carry out operations with the Ministry of Security, to evaluate the safe-conduct documents that circulate that do not meet the parameters required by this health authority.

Physical distancing will be the new norm in our daily lives, companies and workplaces will be required to provide alcohol-based gel, the use of face masks, temperature taking, teleworking, and traceability of those affected by this mortal virus.

Law enforcement units recover from coronavirus

A total of 339 members of the police force that were infected by the coronavirus have managed to recover, a significant drop in confirmed cases among the country's security forces, announced the Minister of Public Security (Minseg), Juan Manuel Pino Forero.

According to a follow-up, between April 15 and May 8, the decrease in cases of contagion has lowered, and the number of units recovered has increased considerably, the minister noted.

The report of the joint task force "Health Safety Covid-19" cited by the minister highlights that as of April 15, there were 385 confirmed cases of coronavirus among the members of the Panamanian police force, and only 75 recovery cases; as of April 8, the number of recovered (339) exceeds the confirmed cases (291).

Epidemiological report

Today, May 8, 4,500 recovered patients are registered, in addition to 202 new cases, for a total of 8,070, while at home isolation there are 3,006 patients (980 in hotels), 231 deceased, 333 patients are hospitalized, divided into 248 in wards and 85 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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