The Government of Panama announced on Tuesday that as of next Monday, retail sales, beauty salons and barber shops, car sales, construction and NGOs could reopen across the country, although restrictions on mobility are maintained in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are on the right track”, the reactivation of these activities was decided after an improvement in indicators such as the TR or COVID-19 transmission rate, the strengthening of hospital capacity and an analysis of the socioeconomic situation, said the Minister of Health, Francisco Sucre .
From next Monday, beauty salons and barber shops will be able to open up to 50% of the capacity and will only be able to receive customers by appointment and with biosafety measures.
Retailers, who have been selling online and delivering at home for more than two months, will now be able to dispatch customers who placed their order via the web at the door of the premises, since they are not allowed to enter it, or in the parking lot, always by appointment.
The works were authorized to continue with significant advances, the sales of automobiles and the 164 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the country, always complying with all the established biosafety measures.
The night curfew is maintained throughout the country, the total quarantine on weekends in 5 of the country’s 10 provinces, including Panama, where the capital is, and West Panama, where people can only go out for two hours daily. according to their identity number, people and gender due to the high incidence of COVID-19.
Other activities that were opened at the national level between May 13 and June 1 are technical services and automotive workshops, fishing and industry, among others, while essential sectors such as health, food and transportation have never stopped in Panama. which enacted the emergency in mid-March due to the pandemic.
Panama’s economy will collapse by 9% in 2020, according to government calculations, and the private sector requires a clear route to reopen after denouncing what it considers a “lack of urgency” by the authorities.
PANDEMIC NUMBERS IN PANAMA
Panama recorded 1,115 cases and 16 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 76,464 and deaths from the disease to 1,680 in 156 pandemic days.
The epidemiological report reported that there are 1,509 interned in the general ward and 160 in the intensive care units (ICU), while 21,872 people remain in home isolation and another 578 in hospital-hotels.
Since the discovery of the first case, on March 9, 255,418 tests have been carried out to detect the spread of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), of which 30% tested positive.
The exams per 100,000 inhabitants totaled 5,970, with 3,037 performed in the last 24 hours, for a positivity of 36%.
The authorities pointed out that the lethality of the disease is 2.2%, while the TR (reproductive number of contagion) is 1.07, closer to one.
They explained that there is a slowdown in daily infections, after a trajectory that lasted more than two months, as well as a decrease in deaths since last July 27 and in the daily mortality rate.