- Title: Panama coronavirus cases jump to 27
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS PANAMANIAN OFFICIALS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PANAMANIAN DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH, NATYA PURCELL, SAYING: "We have 27 confirmed cases, and we have a distribution by gender of 12 female and 15 cases in males." VARIOUS, NEWS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PAN-AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE IN PANAMA, GERARDO ALFARO, SAYING: "The health ministry since Tuesday (March 10) suspected the possibility that there would be some type of local transmission, a cluster. This means that if an infected person infects their spouse, their child, the nuclear family, we have a small cluster there."
- Keywords: Central America Panama Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo closing coronavirus epidemic health outbreak prevention schools screening spread
- Reuters ID: LVA002C4VZTQF
- Location: PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
- City: PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
- Country: Panama
- Duration: 00:00:56
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Panama's government said 27 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Central American country as of Thursday (March 12), a jump of 17 from a day before.
Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo also said Thursday that he would issue a state of emergency decree on Friday (March 13) to confront and mitigate the effects of the highly-contagious virus on the country's people.
Panama's government had already ordered the temporary closure of all schools, public and private, due to coronavirus concerns, on Wednesday (March 11).
Other Latin American countries, including El Salvador, Honduras and Peru, have also taken measures to close schools temporarily.
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