Will Panama bring back Quarantine?

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Tuesday, November 10, the gradual return of the restriction measures in the country - if the Rt rate continues to rise.

November 10th 2020 Minsa issued a national communication which issued a contingency Plan. The plan which is already being put into effect in the districts of SonĂ¡ and San Francisco de Veraguas  has been prepared by MInsa.
In this plan is the return of total quarantine on Sundays, a curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am; the stop of reopening of economic sectors, and the closure of beaches, spas, rivers and cinemas; Social gatherings will reduced to no more than 10 people, and public employees will work rotating hours. 

The plan is being put into affect in the districts of SonĂ¡ and San Francisco de Veraguas where a daily 7:00 p.m. curfew will be in affect starting this Wednesday, November 11th 2020. 

The measures are taken because the indicators are above the indicators that are taken into consideration: a RT of one or less than one percent. Lethality less than three percent, availability of beds in the ward 20% and availability of beds in ICU and UCRE at 15%.

Today, Tuesday, November 10, in Panama there are 119,707 recovered patients, 971 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 141,302. If the rest of the country continues to see an increase in the indicators they will be subject to the same quarantine measures. 

To date, 7,079 tests have been applied, for a percentage of positivity of 11.4% and 9 new deaths have been registered, totaling 2,817 accumulated and a fatality of 2.0%.

Active cases total 18,778. In home isolation, 18,006 people are reported, of which 17,472 are at home and 534 in hotels. The hospitalized number 772 and of them 627 are in ward and 145 in ICU.

All official information regarding the pandemic in Panama and the actions of the National Government are communicated through the official MINSA accounts on the main social networks and on its website ( www.minsa.gob.pa www.yomeinformopma.org ). They are available in the call center 169 and the WhatsApp number 69972539