Poverty plays role in quarantine return

 
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The reintroduction of  lockdown  is a temporary measure  introduced because of the surge in new cases of COVID-19 said  Minister of health Rosario Turner, at a Sunday June 7  press conference

She announced some changes in the rules governing mobility including that that adults over 60 years and people with disabilities can circulate from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, according to sex. In addition, and children can leave home at the time that corresponds to their parents, or responsible adults.

Jorge Motta former director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute and head of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation said:“My concern d about this decision to restrict mobility, is that the increase in cases began to occur approximately on May 23, during the previous quarantine, which suggests that important measures such as diagnostic tests, detection of asymptomatic, identification of infected and their contacts, especially in the most affected areas, did not reach the required level.

On the failure of people to follow social distancing guidelines he said: “There are individual responsibilities to maintain health and not affect third parties, and State responsibilities to protect us. Both have failed to fulfill these responsibilities. Panamanians are in the midst of a storm, sailing in different types of boats, some weaker than others.  Covid-19 infects people suffering from poverty and overcrowding more easily, where the required distance is difficult to meet. That said, not keeping physical distance or not wearing masks explains only part of the problem we are experiencing.

“To be able to turn the curve, you have to do what you know and have been taught by world experiences: apply more diagnostic tests and bring positive tests to much less than 10%; identify those infected without symptoms, which can be more than 30% of the positives; diagnose the infected and give aggressive follow-up to their contacts, especially in the areas of  clusters where infections are concentrated and see how we can isolate those positives who cannot keep the required distance due to their socioeconomic situation.

 

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Snake Pliskin

@PG. Spoken like a true Republican. That is precisely what we are trying to combat. Communism. Dictatorship. Those are the idealisms that keep poor people poor. Freedom is the key to opportunity.

4 months ago
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PG

Tomcat: "Poverty is a choice." Just think about that. You are going back to a country where a very large percentage of the population is just a paycheck from poverty. And ask any one of the billions who subsist on less than a dollar a day about their "choice" to stay in poverty. So be happy in your gated community, isolated from reality. If you don't see it, then maybe it doesn't exist.

4 months ago
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Oh ya

Education and the lack of it is the problem. Most of the locals I know could not put a sentence together to save their life. The upper class wants to keep them this way. the government wants them stupid also. And tomcat i guess you never did your homework either. Panama is a 3rd world country and personally i wish you well and it is better for us also that you are not here crying like a little school girl

4 months ago
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Tomcat

This is exactly why we are leaving Panama! Third world educated and third rate bureaucrats deciding who can leave their homes, at what times and based on age and sex, worse than East Berlin. The virus is not that deadly to normal healthy people as we are now learning. However here in Panama the people eat fried foods and white rice daily and are silently sick because of it. Poverty is a choice as people can work and save and live below their means to pull themselves out of Poverty. Sadly that option does not exist in Panama now because as another poster pointed out the new regime PRD is the old Noriega party reborn. There are plenty of leftist expats here who welcome Marxism and they can have it we are out of here in 4 days, Thank you Jesus!!

4 months ago
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Snake Pliskin

Looks like somebody didnt get the whole story. Yes the virus targets poor people. It is a racist virus also. They should have called it the Mein Kampf Kung Flu.

4 months ago
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