- Title: Panama imposes curfew as coronavirus cases top 500
- Date: 26th March 2020
- Summary: PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (MARCH 25, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS, BUS CARRYING CREW OF CHARTER FLIGHT ARRIVING AT TOCUMEN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AIRPLANE CREW TERMINAL AT AIRPORT WITH REDUCED OPERATIONS CREW WALKING THROUGH TERMINAL EMPTY COUNTERS AT AIRPORT
- Keywords: Panama airport cases coronavirus curfew infected measures quarantine restrictions
- Reuters ID: LVA001C6JYQ87
- Location: PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
- City: PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
- Country: Panama
- Duration: 00:00:32
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Panama on Wednesday (March 25) continued to step up efforts to combat the highly contagious coronavirus by halting flights after imposing a curfew in the Central American country.
Panama on Wednesday suspended domestic air travel to curb the spread of coronavirus, suspending all passenger flights from both local and international airports, the country's civil aviation authority said.
Only humanitarian flights and planes ferrying products will be exempt from the ban. Panama banned all international flights from the country on March 22.
Panama's government said on Tuesday (March 24) it would widen a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus and require people to be in quarantine at all hours beginning on Wednesday, as the number of cases again jumped and two more people died.
President Laurentino Cortizo did not specify how long the curfew would be in place, but added there would be "logical exceptions," including for health workers and certain businesses such as banks and supermarkets.
Panama's health minister on Wednesday confirmed 115 new coronavirus cases in the Central American nation, bringing its total number of cases to 558.
(Production: Abraham Teran, Manuel Carrillo)
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