Panama suspends entry of passengers from the United Kingdom and South Africa due to new strain of COVID-19

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Panamanian government ordered to suspend from midnight on Monday "temporarily" the entry into the country of passengers from, who have stayed in or transited the UK and South Africa in the last twenty days before entering the country to prevent the possible entry of the new strain of COVID-19, according to a resolution of the Ministry of Health.

"The measure is due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom after scientific investigations that indicate the appearance of a new strain of the virus", said the Presidency in a statement.

The prohibition that takes effect as of today at 11:59 p.m., applies to all passengers by air, land or sea, both commercial and private.

In the case of Panamanian citizens and foreign residents, they will have to be done in a "mandatory manner" upon arrival in the country., a PCR or Antigen test to detect the presence or not of the disease.

"Regardless of the result, These people will be quarantined in a hospital hotel for the time determined by the health authorities in order to verify that they are not infected with the new strain of SARS-Covid-2 (Covid-19)”, added the government.

Panama is the Central American nation with the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases with 209,584 accumulated contagions, of which 3,527 have passed away, according to official reports.

In recent weeks the country has experienced a rebound in infections, which forced the authorities to establish restrictions by gender to make purchases during the Christmas festivities and the end of the year, plus a total of forty on specific days to try to stop the outbreak.