COMMUNICATION # 362 – Nacional FM

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reiterates that as of tomorrow, Monday, February 22, gyms, massage rooms, beauty salons, spas, marinas and sport fishing in the provinces of Panama and West Panama will be able to reopen their doors.

It is recalled that the capacity for gyms will remain at 50%, including their employees, while the aesthetics, massage rooms and spas will serve customers through appointments.

This reopening process carried out by the National Government is based on epidemiological indicators, for which the MINSA, emphasizes to the population that all phases are communicated through official channels and means in order to avoid confusion in the public opinion.

Operation PanavaC-19 continues according to the scheme

For today, February 21, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) reports that 47,848 COVID-19 vaccines have been applied throughout the country.

In its report supplied at four o’clock in the afternoon this Sunday, the PAI details that this vaccination process at the national level has continued according to the scheme and has implied the placement of the second doses to the first line personnel vaccinated in the month January, and the first dose to a plural number of health professionals, bedridden patients and the elderly.

Encouraging rates, but don’t let your guard down

In recent days, a sustained rate of positivity of 9% has been observed, which shows the result of the strategies implemented and the inter-institutional teamwork of the National Government, led by MINSA to contain the spread of the virus.

Encouraging rates have been maintained in the percentage of positivity, as well as in the number of recovered and ICU patients.

In various parts of the country, the Rapid Response Teams (ERP) and Traceability have carried out swabs and sweeps, which strengthens the diagnostic capacity and epidemiological surveillance.

MINSA insists on not lowering its guard, but at the same time it will maintain this type of action whose sole purpose is precisely to prevent more infections, reduce deaths and avoid the collapse of the health system.

Therefore, situations such as those that arose in Calle 11, Avenida Domingo Díaz in the city of Colón, put at risk all the efforts, sacrifices and achievements that as a country we have developed and achieved in recent weeks.

In this specific case, MINSA in Colón will proceed with the sanctions established in the regulations that seek to mitigate and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Detection of positives is key at Tocumen Airport

Since the air terminal resumed operations in October 2020, 56,410 tests have been carried out and a total of 2,086 people positive for COVID-19 have been detected.

In the weekly report of tests carried out on passengers who entered the country through the Tocumen International Airport, the Ministry of Health reports that until the last cut, 2 positive passengers were detected in the last hours by COVID-19 and conducted 496 tests.

Epidemiological report

In the world, 62,699,897 people have been recovered, while a total of 111,1161,924 accumulated positive COVID-19 cases and 2,462,141 deaths are added for a fatality rate of 2.2%.

For today, Sunday, February 21, 2021, in Panama, there are 320,668 recovered patients, 484 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 336,521. To date, 5,881 tests have been applied, for a percentage of positivity of 8.2%.

In the last 24 hours, 14 new deaths have been registered, and 1 death from previous dates has been updated, totaling 5,742 accumulated and a fatality of 1.7%.

Active cases total 10,111. In home isolation, 8,767 people are reported, of which 8,392 are at home and 375 in hotels. Those hospitalized, total 1,344 of which 1,143 are in the ward and 201 in the ICU.

All official information regarding the pandemic in Panama and the actions of the National Government are communicated through the official MINSA accounts, on the main social networks and on its website (

Source: MINSA

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