Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Panama order total quarantine April 25-26, to curb spread of COVID-19. Other restrictions to remain in place.

This alert affects Panama

This alert began 25 Apr 2020 08:59 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Apr 2020 04:00 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19-related restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: April 25-26
  • Impact: Transport and commercial disruptions, increased security

Authorities in Panama have ordered a total nationwide quarantine April 25-26, as part of the government's effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The standard order restricting all movements on Sundays remains in place. During this time, no one will be allowed to leave their homes. Critical services are exempt. People outside their homes during the total quarantine will be subject to arrest.

Standing movement restrictions determined by the last digit of one's Panamanian residence card or passport, as well as their gender, will resume April 27, and will probably be maintained through the end of April, before further review. The movement restrictions will likely continue to cause major business and transport restrictions. The government could expand or extend any of the restrictions currently in place, or implement new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, with little-to-no advance notice.

Background and Analysis
The orders are part of wider measures in Panama restricting international travel and internal movements, to curb the spread of COVID-19. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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