Intersex Bee Born on Barro Colorado Island

A rare intersex bee was born on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, and its gender is split down the middle. “The nocturnal bee was male-like on its left side, with a long antenna, a delicate mandible and a slender left hind leg,” the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) noted. “But the right side was female-like, with…
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How did Covid-19 Get to Panama?

Panama’s Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies knows how the coronavirus came into the country. Through the sequencing of 41 complete SARS-CoV 2 genomes, scientists determined that four cases originated in the United States, three in Europe and one in China. Gorgas scientists have also isolated several strains of Covid-19 in the search for antiviral…
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Uber Suspends Panama Operations

Uber is temporarily suspending operations in Panama due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. The ride-hailing service – which began operations in Panama six years ago – said in a statement that its priority is the safety of its users, “even more in these delicate times when the health of the Panamanian community is the…
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Sex-based Quarantine Starts April 1

The government announced stricter quarantine measures based on sex to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Starting April 1 at 5:00 am, women will be able to leave home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while men may be out Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The previously designated time slots continue to apply, and everyone stays home…
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Zaandam to Transit Panama Canal

The Panama Canal will allow the Zaandam cruise ship to transit so that it can make its way to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The permission reverses a previous decision that prevented passage but stipulates that passengers and crew may not disembark in Panama. On Friday, the Holland America Line that operates the Zaandam reported…
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Four Die on Zaandam Cruise Ship

Four passengers with flu-like symptoms died on board the Zaandam cruise ship anchored off the coast of Panama. The Holland America line ship, carrying some 1,800 passengers, was denied port to disembark as South American countries closed borders in response to the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, Panama denied passage through the Panama Canal…
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UN: Panama Ahead in Coronavirus Response

Panama is one step ahead in the response to the coronavirus, says the United Nations. “Panama responded quickly to the COVID19 epidemic, has allocated economic resources, has managed to sequence the virus genome to quickly diagnose cases that appear in the country, has strengthened its health system and has taken measures to isolate citizens. The…
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Playgrounds, Lottery and International Flights Cancelled

Panama continues to impose new containment measures to isolate the population from the spread of Covid-19. A sanitary barrier to limit mobility to and from Panama City goes into effect Friday with checkpoints in Chepo, Panama West (La Espiga de La Chorrera and El Lago in Capira) and in Colon (Maria Chiquita and the Interoceanic…
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Panama Suspends Prison Visits

Panama’s Penitentiary System has temporarily restricted visits to prisons and correctional facilities nationwide for the next seven days to protect inmates from the coronavirus. The deprived of liberty may have contact with legal representation by videoconference and continue to receive supplies from relatives on scheduled days. Suspensions include extramural labor, legal proceedings, university classes, work permissions,…
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Coronavirus Arrives in Panama

Panama confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on Monday. According to the Ministry of Health, the carrier of the virus is a 40-year-old Panamanian woman who arrived Sunday on Iberia flight 6339 from Madrid, Spain with a cough and fever. Tests at the Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas confirmed COVID-19, and she was quarantined at home under…
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