THE PANAMA COVID19 INSIDER

IN AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE A COMPUTER ISSUE, I CONTACTED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM. DURING MY CONVERSATION WITH THE TECHNICIAN, HE REVEALED THE CURRENT COVID19 SITUATION IN PANAMA.

I ADMIT THAT I ASKED DELIBERATE QUESTIONS REGARDING THEIR CURRENT STATUS AND IT WAS VERY REVEALING. HE SHARED THAT THE FIRST MONTH A DRY LAW WAS INITIATED WHERE NO ALCOHOL WAS PERMITTED. CURRENTLY, ONE BOTTLE OF WINE AND A SIX PACK OF BEER IS PERMISSIABLE. HE ADDED THAT THE BLACKMARKET IS VERY ACCESSABLE AND SOME PEOPLE GET THEIR BOOZ FROM THEM.

MOST OF THE STORES WERE CLOSED AND FOOD DELIVERY IS AVAILABLE. SOME MARKETS AND PHARMACIES ARE OPEN BUT CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. PEOPLE THAT CAN, WORK FROM HOME AND SCHOOLING IS ALSO DONE AT HOME VIA INTERNET. UBER IS NOT ALLOWED TO OPERATE AND TAXIES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY THREE DAYS A WEEK. THEIR LIVES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE GUIDLINES INITIATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

ELIGIBILITY TO BE OUT IS BASED ON THE LAST DIGET OF THEIR IDENTIFICATION CARD. MEN ARE ALLOWED OUT FOR ONE HOUR ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY. WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO BE OUT FOR ONE HOUR ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY. HE ADDED THAT SUNDAY IS FULL QUARENTEEN AND ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONELL ARE ALLOWED OUT.

WHEN ASKED, HE DIDN’T KNOW WHY THE WOMEN AND MEN WERE SEPARATED. IF ANYONE IS FOUND TO BE OUT WHEN THEIR TIME HAS EXPIRED, THEY WILL BE ARRESTED. HE ADDED THAT THE BEACHES ARE CLOSED AND ANY VIOLATORS ARE ARRESTED.

There ARE MILITARY CHECKPOINTS WHERE IDENTIFICATION IS CHECKED TO SEE IF THE LAST DIGET SHOWS YOU ARE IN COMPLIANCE. HE ADDS THAT THE GANGSTERS, DRUG DEALERS AND THE BLACKMARKET ARE STILL VERY ACTIVE. HE STATES THAT PANAMA’S POPULATION IS JUST OVER 4 MILLION PEOPLE AND TO HIS KNOWEDGE, THERE HAVE BEEN, HE ESTIMATES¬† APPROXIMATELY 300 DEATHS DUE TO THE VIRUS. THIS GOES TO SHOW THAT A GOVERNMENT THAT VALUE THE LIVES OF IT’S CITIZENS WILL TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT THEM, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL, ECONOMIC OR PERSONAL FEELINGS.

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