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The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, warned about the possibility of returning to restrictive measures if businessmen do not comply with the commitment to request from customers of bars and nightclubs, among others, cards or the QR code that check that customers are fully vaccinated against covid-19.
"If you promised to ask for the QR code and the vaccination card, fulfill it because if you don't, it is not that you are going to lose one or two clients. It can put me in a completely difficult situation of having to close within a month or month and a half, "warned the president this Saturday during the activities of the bicentennial of Panama.
On the same subject, the country's Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, detailed in a statement that "the businessman who does not want to request the QR or the vaccination card must use the 50% capacity and guarantee the proper separation of the tables or of the people inside the premises, but they must choose one of the two ".
The warning from the Panamanian authorities comes in light of the increase in the rate of covid-19 infections in some parts of the country and the global threat posed by the new omicron variant.
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Regarding the latter, the Minister of Health also reported on Saturday that they will issue a resolution that establishes the countries that already have community contagion and that if President Cortizo approves it, they would be classified as very high risk.
Being on that list would imply the restriction of entry into the country, through the application of quarantines to travelers from those destinations, the Press office of the Ministry of Health explained to CNN.
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The Minister of Health added that the countries proposed in "the list are South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe."
The vaccination meter of the Ministry of Health of Panama indicates that 2,427,941 vaccines against covid-19 in second doses have been applied in the country and, according to the latest epidemiological report of the institution, there are 477,514 confirmed cases so far in the pandemic .
So far 7,362 people have died from covid-19, there are 2,693 active cases, of which 118 people are hospitalized, 23 of them in intensive care.