Air Travel

TWO steps FORWARD, THREE steps BACK. Covid proving to be elusive as travel spikes prove world is not out of the woods.

https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&pto=aue&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&sp=nmt4&u=http://elsiglo.com.pa/internacional/segunda-pandemia-vuelve-hundir-demanda-aerea-70/24169140&usg=ALkJrhhLWtpQ3uqzZgzNgj7QguFkVMRvgA International flights were the most affected, with a drop of 87.8% compared to that registered in October last year Total demand for air travel fell 70.6% in October compared to the same month last year, a sign of how “desperately slow” the sector’s recovery is going to be due …

Agriculture

As the Marijuana industry reaches BILLIONS, the UN has finally woke up.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/salud/201202/onu-reconoce-oficialmente-propiedades-medicinales-cannabis The United Nations (UN) has recognized the medicinal properties of cannabis on Wednesday in a vote in Vienna of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the executive body on drug policy of the United Nations. The simple majority of the 53 States of the Commission have decided to withdraw cannabis …

Health

Vaccines from various producers start to hit the air. Panama awaiting Astra-Zeneca.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/201127/united-airlines-empieza-transportar-vacunas-pfizer-covid-19 The United States airline United Airlines began operating on Friday charter flights with vaccines against covid-19 developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in order to accelerate its distribution if the product receives approval from the health authorities, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper, which cites anonymous sources …

Health

Panama getting wrecked as vaccines hit our shores.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201129/panama-suma-1-276-nuevos-casos-acumula-3-060fallecidos-covid-19 The health authorities of Panama presented this Sunday the updated balance of the covid-19 outbreak in the country: 164,729. accumulated cases and 3,060 deaths. According to the daily report of the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours there were 1,276 new infections. Regarding the condition of the patients, …

Health

Frontline nurses in ER march to protest lack of support from Nito.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201125/enfermeras-marchan-presidencia-pedirle-cortizo-les-atienda-peticiones Today, November 25, a group of nurses carries out a symbolic march, representing the 6,500 in the country, to demand that the President of the Republic Laurentino Cortizo attend to them because they have not yet found an answer to their request that they do comply with the law …

Health

As reported last week, Panama plans for 5.5 million doses of vaccine early 2021.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/201125/panama-adquirira-5-5-millones The first doses are expected to arrive before March 2021, the rest would be between March and June. It is required to apply the vaccine to 70% of the population in order to contain the new coronavirus in the country. While the World Health Organization (WHO) asks to intensify the …

Economy

Panama chooses Astra-Zeneca as multiple vaccines on verge of approval.

The Government of Panama approved this Wednesday in the Cabinet Council, Cabinet Resolution 93-20, which authorizes the Ministry of Health (Minsa), to proceed with the purchase of one million 92 thousand doses of the vaccine to prevent covid-19, from the British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca UK Limited, in association with Oxford University, …

Health

Covid is un-relenting. Every step forward sees spikes globally.

The number of new cases of Covid-19 in Panama, in the last hours, was 1,112, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in the epidemiological report of this Wednesday, November 18. With this figure, the country accumulates 149, 833 confirmed cases since the pandemic reached the country last March. Of this total, 129,755 recovered patients are …

Economy

Panama City crawling back to life as restaurants are up and operating.

With dividers and panels up…..dining sees an uptick in the city. https://www.prensa.com/impresa/economia/80-de-los-restaurantes-estan-operando-ventas-suben-10/ Four weeks after the restart of operations after being closed for more than 7 months, the Association of Restaurants and Related Products of Panama, reports that 80% of the stores are operating. Domingo de Obaldia, president of the …

Economy

With country open, new cases still will occur.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201004/panama-reporta-633-casos-nuevos-covid-19-9-nuevas-defunciones Panama reported 633 new cases of covid-19, for a cumulative total of 115,286. To date, 5,249 tests were applied, for a positivity percentage of 12.1% and 9 new deaths have been registered, totaling 2,423 accumulated and a fatality of 2.1%. Active cases total 21,054. In home isolation, 20,211 people are …

Health

Hospitals showing signs of progress as Panama rapidly approaches full open borders.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/mortalidad-de-pacientes-en-uci-disminuye-a-un-30/ After six months of the pandemic, doctors in Panama’s intensive care units have managed to reduce the mortality of patients with the Covid-19 disease who are admitted to intensive care units (ICU) by 30% . Julio Sandoval, advisor to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on the subject of ICUs, assured that mortality went from 50% in …

Health

Panama bullish on COVID progress as country looks to re-open.

Panama maintains below 1 the effective reproductive number of cases (Rt) or average value of the contagion rate of the Covid-19 disease . https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/panama-cerca-de-lograr-el-control-de-la-epidemia/ This was reported by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) by detailing that the Rt of the last epidemiological week (August 23 to 29) was 0.96; the one reported in the previous epidemiological …

Health

End of August shows some positive signs of Covid decline…..but not out of woods.

In recent days the impact of the new coronavirus has decreased and the figures for August project that they will be lower compared to July, which was the month where the virus hit the country the hardest. According to statistics from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) until yesterday’s report, Tuesday, August 25, …

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Newly cemented “Pussy” of Panama changes the low hanging fruit in Cabinet. NOT the real problems.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Ol’ Nito continued his empty rants of transparency and change, by firing the Minister of Health as a result of Covid. Another huge cop out on promises of change. This was a patsy move. The REAL changes on his cabinet are the slick US college …

Health

Influential Panama business tycoon heads home after Covid death rumors.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200508/poderoso-empresario-hotelero-herman-bern-supero-covid-19 The images of videos filming on social networks showed Herman Bern, one of the country’s best-known businessmen, wearing pajamas, leaning on a walker, surrounded by a team of doctors, receiving the best news of his life: “the second test COVID-19 is negative, “said Lillian Tang, an intensivist. The 70-year-old …

Economy

Pay attention to your leaders in times of crisis PANAMA.

DIRTY POOL being PLAYED ABOUND https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/leyes-no-facilitan-despilfarro-de-fondos/ The pandemic crisis justified the granting of an exception within the Public Procurement Law to the Ministry of the Presidency , which has become some questionable contracts. The pressure to acquire urgent goods to attend to health problems and the speed of the state response face …

Health

Panama making progress as Emergency Hospital nears completion.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/hospital-modular-para-pacientes-criticos-con-covid-19-tiene-un-98-de-avance/ The modular hospital that is being built in the Albrook sector to attend to critical cases of Covid-19 , is 98% complete, it was reported this Thursday, April 16. + info Gorgas Institute specialists analyze case of coronavirus in newbornSurprise due to suspension of classes in private schools and in CaipiPanamanian …

Bocas del Toro

Bocas province is first to make masks mandatory.

JB: As I have covered in my visits to Isla Colon and Bocas Town, it is already a very messy place. Encouraging to see that those residents are being more intelligent than most city dwellers. https://www.prensa.com/provincias/municipio-de-changuinola-aprueba-el-uso-obligatorio-de-mascarillas/ The Municipality of Changuinola, Bocas del Toro province, became the first authority to make …

Energy/Infrastructure

Waste Management takes on new importance during Corona outbreak.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/manejo-de-residuos-en-tiempos-de-pandemia/ Caring for patients with Covid-19 and prevention actions – use of masks, gloves, antibacterial gel and other protective materials – to prevent new infections, cause more waste in hospital centers and, now, in so-called hospital hotels and in homes. How are these wastes from patients with Covid-19 handled in Panama? The Ministry of Health …

Health

Country tries to adjust to the home quarantine.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200407/dia-mundial-salud-panama-suma-2-249-casos-59-muertes-covid-19 With 2,249 infected patients and 59 deaths, the positive cases for COVID-19 continue to increase in Panama. The Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday the new figures, which include the departure of three recovered people from the Irma Lourdes de Tzanetatos hospital. As explained by the director of epidemiology …

Health

PANAMA update: Corona pandemic

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200411/coronavirus-panama-79-muertes-3-234-casos-acumulados-covid-19 Panama registered 5 deaths and 260 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with which it rises 3,234 positive cases, 79 deaths and 23 recovered. The Health authorities detailed that 2,817 are in home isolation, while there are 573 in hotels. According to the latest registry, there are …

Environmental

With humans inside, the wildlife of the world stretches their legs.

https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-animals-reclaiming-cities-covid-19-pandemic-140503907.html As the coronavirus pandemic leaves the world’s major cities deserted by humans, animals have been spotted enjoying the peace and quiet. The global outbreak of the virus has seen many countries such as Spain, Italy, Japan and Chile, as well as the UK, impose a lockdown on citizens. But mother nature …

Health

Update on US citizens riding out Corona in Latin America.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-latam-stranded-fea/beyond-trumps-wall-the-americans-riding-out-coronavirus-in-latin-america-idUSKBN21J6NE LAGO DE ATITLAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Some Americans, from young backpackers to retirees, are hunkering down for the coronavirus pandemic far from home in Latin America, saying they feel safer and see no point in scrambling to return. While thousands of Americans sought help from the government or private …

Health

PANAMA- Is getting an “F” in terms of following quarantine.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/aprehenden-a-13-personas-en-playa-de-pedasi-unos-estaban-surfeando-otro-grupo-se-escapo/ PEDASÍ, Los Santos. About 13 people were detained in the late afternoon of this Wednesday, April 1, in Playa Venao, Pedasí district, for violating Decree 507 of March 24, 2020, which was issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus. + info China confines 600 thousand inhabitants after new case of …

Health

The faster people are smart, the quicker this will end. COVID-19 fear closes business on EARTH.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200312/coronavirus-paraliza-pais OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson: With SARS and BIRD FLU essentially maintained in previous pandemics, the western world has not felt the grip of paranoia like this since 1918. Back in those early days of medicine before all of our advances, the spread of germs was rampant. Life …

Health

Back in US: NBA halts all games until further notice.

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-suspends-2019-20-season-until-further-notice-after-rudy-gobert-reportedly-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/ After taking the initial step to play games in empty arenas, the NBA issued a statement on Wednesday night that all games will be suspended until further notice after a Utah Jazz player, reportedly Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the coronavirus. The G-League has also suspended play. The games will be suspended for at least two …

Health

11 confirmed cases in Panama. Stay calm and clean.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/minsa-confirma-tres-nuevos-caso-de-coronavirus/ The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Wednesday, March 11, that they confirmed three new cases of Covid-19 (new coronavirus) in Panama. + info Fedebeis announces the suspension of the major tournament until April due to the coronavirusPanama registers 1 deceased and 7 cases due to the coronavirusInsurers fear loss of …

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Coronavirus affects the Bryson household.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson So as this worldwide panic attack continues, the anxiety surrounding air travel has hit home, as our dear friends who had planned to visit us for the first time from Richmond, Virginia have chosen to cancel their travel to Tocumen for next weekend. Given …

Health

To my InterNations ex-pats in Mexico. Please be careful.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I have been able to stay in contact with some of my fellow ex-pat friends I have met online that have settled in Mexico. I am certain if I know about it in Panama, it is all over the place there. Be careful and vigilant …

Air Travel

Nito appeals for calm amid Coronavirus scare for Latin

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/presidente-cortizo-pide-no-alarmar-ante-casos-de-coronavirus-en-america-latina/ “Do not alarm” is the request made by President Laurentino Cortizo before the appearance of the first cases of the new coronavirus in Latin America. + info Meduca takes advantage of the start of classes to disseminate information about the coronavirus‘There are many questions about the unanswered coronavirus’Minsa confirms that the …