Lockdown flouted as virus infects 1,673, kills 71

National Police set out ont on quarantine patrol

 
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Panama’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic climbed to 41 on Friday. April  3 with  72  people on life support in hospital intensive care units as the number of confirmed cases surged to 1,673 and projected to pass 2,000  by Easter weekend, which President Trump predicted would be celebrated with packed churches.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people continued to ignore measures to protect lives as they flouted lockdown rules with  536 people arrested in the last 24 hours.

130 people were caught violating the quarantine in Panamá Oeste, 104 in Panamá Metro and 100 in San Miguelito. The three regions with the highest cases of patients with COVID-19.

In these three regions alone, there are 1,269 cases out of the 1,673 confirmed throughout the country.

The Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino, said that the indiscipline continues and not only puts their own lives at risk but others even their own families.

“There is a global pandemic, the virus is contagious and can be deadly. We need the collaboration and solidarity of all; This Sunday we have a goal: the national stay at home, day “ he said during Friday’s press conference.

83% of deaths had a risk factor such as age, cardiovascular or lung problems.

While 203 citizens are hospitalized, 141 are in wards and another 72 are fighting for their lives in intensive care.

 

But not everything is bad news, because Lourdes Moreno, the head of epidemiology at MINSA, announced that 13 patients had defeated the virus.

Health Minister  Rosario Turner, again recommended the use of masks and continued compliance with the Stay at home program.

 

He also mentioned that some 295 people are being observed in hotels in the country.



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Karl

Overreachting Governemts and the picture above is a negative promotion for investors in Panama. Thanks the picture shows a Noriega like Government starts over acting for a simple flu. What's next ?

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Captain

As per Christine 8 posts....mentioned before only need to click send message once . It appears not to have worked but in reality after a delay it will go through. Assuming that it is you were not attempting to emphasise your point. Now to Cathair who has fur balls for brains ......and similar posts. Please consider that generally speaking the whole world has a problem with this particular virus and is approaching the issue in pretty much the same way. Granted there are some variations but movement restrictions or quarantine is the accepted choice to solve it. This by the way is nothing new and contrary to your posts is not dreamed up by dictators or others seeking to “control’ us Its been this way for many centuries and is still ultimately effective distressing as it might be for the period of enforcement Our family lived through SARS in Hong Kong but unfortunately were not so lucky with Covid 19 and I have seriously ill members now in London. This is not influenza...it is at least ten times worse I can promise you. It also strikes as in my family those who are fit and young . It is also unlike influenza concentrated over a relatively short period unlike seasonal flu. If indeed its no worse than flu than why the need for massive demands on ventilators and associated equipment. I am old enough to have lived through world war 2 , when dissemination of false information and attempts to undermine the national effort was a serious crime and incurred heavy penalties. Its time Cathair and their ilk were posts were taken down. They only serve to encourage and give license to those breaching quarantine regulations and thus endangering all our lives not just their own.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Christine

For two days in a row now your headline has misreported the deaths to be 71. Please be more careful with what you publish.

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Joyful

I do wonder about all this worldwide mayhem, myself, I wonder what all the Govts. are up to while we are confined to our homes! NB "Newsroom Panama" is not very accurate, to say the least! The first piece today says 71 people have died, the last piece says 41....I wish NP would get their act together, and sort out the crappy 'reporting' ( or maybe it's just copy and paste?)

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Joyful

I do wonder about all this worldwide mayhem, myself, I wonder what all the Govts. are up to while we are confined to our homes! NB "Newsroom Panama" is not very accurate, to say the least! The first piece today says 71 people have died, the last piece says 41....I wish NP would get their act together, and sort out the crappy 'reporting' ( or maybe it's just copy and paste?)

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12500 feet agl

In 2017 80,000 people died in the United States from the common flu. These deaths occurred during the "Flu Season." This fact received very little news coverage and there was not restrictions of movement, no curfews, no toilet paper shortages. Every year the flu kills thousand and thousands. So I question why we have shutdown every country on the planet and destroyed the global economy because of coronavirus. It seems we should have taken some precautions and advised senior citizens and people who are sick to shelter in place. Restricting travel to and from some countries such as China and parts of Europe maybe valid. But I think we could have allowed the majority of the workforce to continue working and avoided destroying world economy. It appears the damage we have done by this draconian reaction has done much more damage that the virus. Here is a link to that figure of 80,000 flu death in 2017; https://www.statnews.com/2018/09/26/cdc-us-flu-deaths-winter/ By the way, I am following all government rules 100%. I just find the whole situation to be curious.

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Gordo

If you are on Twitter search #emptyhospital and see what people are saying. It's the biggest hoax in human history. Yes there is a corona virus. Yes some people get sick from it. Yes some people die from it. No one is arguing these points. The hoax is the extreme tyrannical reaction to this virus. Forcing most businesses to close. Forcing every citizen on house arrest. The net deaths will be on par with a bad seasonal flu. There was no legitimate reason to enact draconian measures.

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CatHair

good point...photos like these scare the crap out of people into complying and wishing the illness onto others like this person does onto me....really sick mind control

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Gordo

Medical martial law. The photo caption says it all. Horrible. Viruses are everywhere and will never go away. They are harmless to people with healthy immune systems. The proper way to fight viruses is to educate people and encourage them to keep their immune systems strong so they don't get sick during an outbreak. The wrong way to fight a virus is to shut the economy down and imprison all the people. Only evil tyrants would do that. Horrible.

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CatHair

the only paranoia around here is being spread by this "news" outlet

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InTheKnowing

CatHair give something positive instead of your political paranoia. There are people putting their lives on the line to help others and you it seems want to tear it down by talking rubbish.

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chele

my God what a comment.....the only cure for stupidity is the virus....

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CatHair

super super low numbers, barely qualifies as a problem, this paper loves the govt. controlled Venezuela style living conditions

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