COVID-19 pandemic in Panama

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COVID-19 pandemic in Panama
DiseaseCOVID-19
LocationPanama
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseTocumen International Airport
Arrival date9 March 2020
(4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases8,783[1]
Suspected cases?
Recovered6,021[1]
Deaths
252[1]
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Panama on 9 March 2020.[2]

Cases[change | change source]

As of 8 April 2020, Panama reported 2528 cases, 63 deaths and 16 recoveries.[1] One of the dead was a 64-year-old male, who also suffered from diabetes and pneumonia.[3]

Of those infected, 83 were sent to a hospital.[2] The infected individuals belong to the 29-59 age group and had each recently traveled abroad.[4]

A 13-year-old girl died of Covid-19 on 23 March.[5]

Response[change | change source]

The government declared a state of emergency on 13 March 2020. The move frees US$50 million for a period of 180 days to purchase goods and services to combat COVID-19.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Casos de Coronavirus COVID-19 en Panamá". Ministerio de Salud de la República de Panamá (in Spanish).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Panama reports first coronavirus death, seven more people infected". Reuters.
  3. "March 10 coronavirus news". CNN. 10 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  4. "Panama records Central America's first coronavirus death". The Straits Times. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  5. Panama: 13-year-old girl with coronavirus dies, officials say Al Jazeera, 23 March 2020
  6. Panama declares a state of national emergency and announces measures against the coronavirus (in Spanish) by Abel Alvarado, CNN en Español, 13 Mar 2020, retrieved 20 March 2020