Protests, quarantine and red numbers of Covid-19 in Panama
Panama, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Protests, violence, collapsed morgues, return to absolute quarantine on weekends in the middle of the country and a rise in contagion and deaths from Covid-19 mark the week that ends in Panama.
'What we are seeing this Saturday is the result of the increase in both violence at the national level and the number of cases observed in recent weeks by Covid-19,' said the director of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, José Vicente Pachar.
And he stressed: 'The pandemic is affecting the popular sectors, the most densely populated areas where many of them will not have the resources to finance funeral expenses.
With the advance of Covid-19, Health Minister Luis Fernando Sucre established absolute quarantine, Saturday and Sunday, in the northern province of Colón and the western provinces of Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro, where 22 percent of the country's population lives and 14.5 percent of all those infected during the pandemic are concentrated, according to estimates.
The capital and its neighbouring province of Panama West, with 53 percent of the country's population, have been similarly isolated, with 76 percent of positive patients since the pandemic arrived in Panama on 9 March.
Despite the complex health situation, this week many Panamanians defied the quarantine and staged a wave of protests to demand economic aid, labour measures and health inputs.
In the demonstrations, the greatest demand was for the delivery of the solidarity aid that the government programmed monthly for the poorest areas and the unemployed, with a view to alleviating the difficult situation of families.
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