COVID-19 in Panama

Panama // 29 June, 2020

At least 31,686 cases and 604 deaths; Outbreak.

See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 website, Dashboard and their Twitter account.

29 June: The number for new cases reported per day continues to rise, now nearly 1,000 per day. The Ministry of Health (MOH) currently reports 15,370 cases (approximately half) have recovered. The MOH also reported the first five cases on the island of Taboga. The first case is an 18 year-old young man who had recently returned to the island with symptoms and later tested positive. Contact tracing is underway.

26 June: New cases continue to be reported, and the trend continues to increase. All international flights, both inbound and outbound, remain suspended until 23 July, with borders closed to foreign nationals and non-residents until 22 July. The nationwide curfew from 19.00 to 05.00 remains in effect until 30 June.

22 June: New cases continue to be reported, and the trend continues to increase. The borders remain closed to foreign nationals and non-residents through 22 July. Nationwide curfew remains in effect from 19.00 to 05.00, until at least 30 June. The country’s Ministry of Health is reporting more than 14,350 people have recovered. Ongoing efforts to test the population continue, with more than 100,000 tests performed so far.

19 June: New cases continue to be reported daily, with more than 500 cases per day for the last 3 days. Official sources have stated at least 13,782 people have recovered so far. Nearly 100,000 people have been tested, and further testing is ongoing, as there are 9,094 active cases at the time of this writing. The Ministry of Health announced today (in Spanish) that a treatment protocol has been established using antibodies from recovered patients. Further study will be done to evaluate the efficacy.

16 June: New cases continue to be reported daily as the trend continues to rise. 1,400 new cases were reported on 14 June, the largest number reported in a single day since the outbreak began. All domestic flights continue to be suspended until further notice, and a nationwide curfew from 19.00-05.00 is in effect until 30 June. A coordinated information campaign is underway at this time.

10 June: New cases continue to be reported. A second wave of infection has been ongoing since late May, with at least 350 cases per day being reported since 3 June. Schools remain closed at this time. Borders are still closed to foreign nationals and non-residents, and this is not expected to change until at least 22 June.

8 June: New cases continue to be reported, averaging about 374 cases per day over the last two weeks. All international flights remain suspended until further notice except for humanitarian and cargo flights. The borders remain closed to foreign nationals and non-residents though this restriction may lift after 22 June. Masks continue to be mandatory in public until further notice.

5 June: New cases are still being reported daily. The trend in new cases has been increasing again since mid-May. The Ministry of Health continues to recommend social distancing, and good personal hygiene.

10 May: Cases in Panama continue to rise. A full lockdown was announced on 25 April. Movement restrictions in the country and the closure of non-essential businesses remain enforced. There are periods of time within a day where people are permitted to go out for essential needs such as grocery shopping and medical supplies.

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