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


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.

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This was announced by Miguel Batista, mayor of Pedasí, who assured that in the operations carried out jointly with the Police and health officials, about 40 people were surprised on the beach, but that only 13 were arrested.

He assured that they were surfing and walking on the beach like a normal summer day.

He said that for this reason 13 adults (seven foreigners) were apprehended, since the rest escaped upon noticing the presence of the authorities.

He maintained that all these people were placed under the orders of the competent authority.

According to the justice of the peace, Nelly Vera, eight men and five women, were fined $ 100 each.

The mayor of Pedasí assured that a minority of the population does not seem to understand that there is a national emergency and that there are decrees and restrictions that must be complied with.

In Panama, Covid 19 affects 1,331 people (539 women and 778 men), of whom 32 have died and nine have recovered, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health.

The regional director of health of. Los Santos Ayvar Hernández said that thanks to the sanitary fence and all the controls scattered throughout the province, only one indigenous case has been reported in a 43-year-old man residing in Sabanagrande, Los Santos.

The other case of a 66-year-old woman is noted in the province of Panama, since she resides in Alcalde Díaz.

A total of 492 men were detained by the authorities in the last 24 hours because they failed to comply with Executive Decree No. 507, which establishes new absolute quarantine measures to try to stop the advance of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Since yesterday, the measure that women can go shopping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays began to govern. While men will be able to go outside on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; on Sundays everyone should stay home.

In addition, the departure time is conditioned to the last number of the ID or passport.

“We noticed yesterday the increase in males circulating in the streets of the country, violating absolute quarantine measures,” said the National Police.

The only men who could circulate were those with a pass, issued by the company where he works. “We will be energetic with operational actions at the national level,” said the Police.

Authorities also detained 58 women for failing to comply with the departure time. They also detained 39 minors.

To date, in Panama there have been 1,317 positive cases of coronavirus, 32 deaths, 63 people in the Intensive Care Unit and 9 recovered.

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