COVID-19 Epidemiological Report in Bocas del Toro and Panama – December 12th, 2020
In the islands of Bocas del Toro, as of December 11th, 2020, there are currently 6 active COVID-19 cases. This represents a decrease of 6 cases from our last report on December 5th. As of December 5th, on the islands there had been 454 tests taken, with 380 accumulated cases detected and 9 deaths. Taking into account the districts of Almirante, Changuinola and Chiriqui Grande as well, within the whole province of Bocas del Toro there have been a total of 3,845 accumulated cases and 99 deaths since March.
Nationwide in Panama, as of December 11th, there are currently 25,400 active COVID-19 cases. There have been 159,070 recoveries, 3,309 deaths and a reported total of 187,779 accumulated cases. Of the active cases 2,355 are new; 23,290 are isolated at home and 676 in hotels. There are 1,262 patients hospitalized in the ward and 172 in ICU.
The curfew remains 11pm – 5am in the province of Bocas del Toro. Tocumen International Airport in Panama City is receiving international flights. There are stricter curfews in the provinces of Panamá, Panamá Oeste and Colón because of high case rates. Anyone entering the country will not require a mandatory isolation as long as they can provide a certified negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their arrival, or as long as they test negative upon landing at the Tocumen International Airport. Complete information on entry requirements for COVID-19 can be found here.
REMEMBER: Please follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health: stay home if you don’t need to go out, keep two meters of distance while in public, wear a face mask while you are around others (especially indoors and poorly ventilated areas), avoid touching your face, wash your hands frequently, disinfect what you take home and what you use in public.
***Above all, practice habits for a strong immune system. Eat a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. Get proper sleep. Exercise regularly. Spend time in the sun and get fresh air. Fear and stress are also considered to lower your immune system defenses, so be aware of the virus but please do not live in fear. The strength and resilience of the community shall overcome the virus.***