Chamber of Commerce to the Minsa: "Enough of inconsistent measures"

The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) alerted this Sunday that the socioeconomic crisis facing Panama “It is more serious than the sanitary one”, reason why it demanded to the authoritiess suspend “inconsistent restrictions” that have plunged the country into this “debacle.”

Panama is experiencing a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, so far much less aggressive than the first two recorded in mid and late 2020, and that the authorities are facing restrictions on mobility at night and on weekends in the most affected areas.

PFor the CCIAP “it is incomprehensible that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and its head insist on repeating the formulas that have plunged the country into this debacle”, every time -after 16 months of pandemic- the country’s inhabitants have learned to adopt biosecurity measures, hospital capacity has multiplied and the vaccination process is advancing, the union said in a statement.

In contrast, the House stated, “the socioeconomic situation presents an alarming picture “, with unemployment that almost tripled and exceeds 18%, a “devastating” number of businesses and hotels closed, and with domestic violence turned in “frequent news, dealing hard blows to the family and social fabric.”

“The Government has not reviewed the aid in order to reallocate resources to job-creating agents. As if that were not enough, they must face impositions contrary to any reactivation action”, among them “The obstruction of the entry of tourists and the restrictions on internal mobility,” said the CCIAP.

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These measures “not only constitute disrespect for individual rights and freedoms, but epidemiological experts” consulted by the CCIAP “consider that quarantines result in agglomerations due to mobility in fewer days, which may rather increase the risk of contagion.”

The CCIAP, which brings together more than 1,800 companies from 15 economic sectors in Panama, “reminds the authorities that, as of July 2021, the socioeconomic crisis is more serious than the health one, Therefore, the decisions made to face the pandemic cannot be solely the responsibility of in the Minsa, but must involve all related ministries. “

“Enough of measures inconsistent with the situation. We demand that the Executive Branch respect the rights and freedoms of citizens and comprehensive actions that allow small companies, medium and large companies face this unprecedented situation in national history and work on rebuilding the country, before it’s too late, “he added.

Panama, a country of 4.28 million inhabitants, accumulates 421,957 confirmed infections and 6,697 deaths from covid-19 in 16 months of the pandemic.

Since last January 20, more than 1.84 million doses of anticovid vaccine have been administered, of the little more than 2 million delivered by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer –the country’s leading provider – and AstraZeneca.

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