The government has also allowed public and private construction projects to resume and reopened non-governmental organizations
to restart operations. - A.M. Costa Rica wire services illustrative photo -
Published Thursday, August 20, 2020
Panama reopening businesses while
1,800-plus covid-19 deaths
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
Panama is resuming the gradual reopening of businesses and places of worship after five months of lockdown caused by the covid-19 pandemic, reported Voice of America Journal, VOA, on Wednesday
According to a VOA report, an elderly parishioner at the Iglesia del Carmen in Panama City said that she was overjoyed to have mass in person for the first time in five months.
On Monday, churches, hair salons, retail shops and car lots also reopened.
The hair salons and barbershops will operate with appointments only and at 50% of their capacity, as the country tries to reinvigorate the sluggish economy.
The government has also allowed public and private construction projects to resume and reopened non-governmental organizations to restart operations.
On Thursday, a new hospital open in Panama City, Panama that will solely treat covid-19 patients.
President Laurentino Cortizo inaugurated the $6 million Panama Solidario hospital, which has 100 intensive care beds and a camera system to allow doctors and nurses to monitor patients while minimizing exposure.
Cortizo said the new hospital is part of a broader strategy, which includes an aggressive testing program that helps authorities identify people with the virus and devise a plan to begin treating them.
As for Thursday night, Panama has so far confirmed more than 82,790 infections and reported 1,809 deaths, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
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