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Panama: Country in Central America
Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a transcontinental country in Central America and South America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.


Latin American health workers face hostile treatment [Video]

Latin American health workers face hostile treatment

Across Latin America, health workers have endured public harassment and discrimination as members of the public fear that they could be potentially spreading the virus. Gloria Tso reports.

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At centers for stranded migrants in Panama, 59 test positive for coronavirus

Fifty-nine migrants in Panamanian migration centers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a health official said, as thousands of migrants in the Central American nation wait to advance on their..
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Panama extends suspension of international flights to June 22

Panama has extended by one month to June 22 its ban on international flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country's aviation autority said on Friday.
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Panama coronavirus cases rise to 5,538, deaths reach 159

Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Panama reached 5,538 on Saturday, a rise of 200 from the previous day, while related deaths increased by five to 159, the health ministry said.
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Panama reports 171 new coronavirus cases: health ministry

Panama posted 171 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the country's total to nearly 5,000 infected persons, the health ministry said.
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Panama posts nearly 200 new coronavirus cases, extends flights ban

Panama registered 191 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the country's total to 4,658 cases, the Health Ministry said.
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Panama registers 2,974 cases of coronavirus and 74 deaths

Panama registered 222 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the country's total to 2,974 cases and 74 deaths, the healthy ministry said.
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Panama reports 224 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 2,752

Panama registered 224 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country's total to 2,752 cases, the health ministry said on Thursday.
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Gender divide: Peru, Panama limit men and women to alternate days out to stall virus

Peru and Panama both started on Thursday limiting the times men and women can leave their homes in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Migrants in Central American limbo as coronavirus relocation plans falter

Thousands of African, Haitian and Asian migrants bound for the United States have amassed in immigration shelters in Panama and Costa Rica as plans to relocate them to less crowded areas to lower the..
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Hundreds to be evacuated from coronavirus-hit ship off Panama

Hundreds of passengers on a cruise ship, where four people have died and over 130 others have influenza-like symptoms, including at least two with the coronavirus, will be transferred to a sister ship,..
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'Our biggest fear is getting ill': NSW couple stuck on ship where four passengers have died

Peter and Carole Burke from Port Macquarie are trapped inside their cabin on board the Zaandam off the coast of Panama, where four passengers died during a COVID-19 outbreak and 135 people are now ill.
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'Help us': After deaths on coronavirus-hit ship, guests clamor to leave

Four passengers have died on a cruise ship off the Pacific coast of Panama and more than 130 others aboard are suffering from influenza-like symptoms, at least two of whom have the coronavirus, the..
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Panama reports 112 new cases and five more deaths from coronavirus

Panama health officials on Friday reported five more deaths from coronavirus, bringing the country's total to 14 deaths.
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Four passengers die on cruise ship grappling with coronavirus off Panama

Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Panama with over 130 others suffering from influenza-like symptoms, at least two of whom have coronavirus, the vessel's operator said on..
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Panama suspends domestic flights to curb the spread of coronavirus: civil aviation authority

Panama on Wednesday suspended domestic air travel to curb the spread of coronavirus, suspending all passenger flights from both local and international airports, the country's civil aviation authority..
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Panama imposes full-day curfew, Guatemala extends state of emergency

Panama's government said on Tuesday it would widen a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus and require people to be in quarantine at all hours beginning on Wednesday, as the number of cases..
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Panama extends curfew due to coronavirus, requires full-day quarantine

Panama's President Laurentino Cortizo said on Tuesday he would extend a curfew aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus and require people to be in quarantine at all hours beginning on Wednesday.
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Panama reports nearly 30% jump in new coronavirus cases

Panama health officials reported 68 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, up 28% from the previous day, bringing the total number of infected persons in the Central American country to 313.
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Nicaragua registers first case of coronavirus infection

Nicaragua has registered its first case of coronavirus infection, a 40-year-old Nicaraguan man who picked up the virus during a recent visit to Panama, Vice President Rosario Murillo said on Wednesday.
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Panama, Honduras report increases in coroanvirus infections

Panama on Wednesday had registered 109 cases of coronavirus infection in total, up from 86 one day earlier, health minister Rosario Turner told a news conference.
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South, Central American nations tighten borders to combat coronavirus

Guatemala logged its first fatality from coronavirus on Sunday as nations in South and Central America ramped up measures to contain the infection, with Panama banning entry of non-resident foreigners..
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Guatemala has first coronavirus death, Panama to keep out non-resident foreigners

Guatemala has registered its first fatality from coronavirus, the government said on Sunday, while Panama announced an aggressive set of measures to contain the spread of the virus, including banning..
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Panama coronavirus tally rises to 36, includes three foreigners

Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner on Friday said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American country has risen to 36, and includes three foreigners.
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Panama, Peru order school closures due to coronavirus

Panama's government ordered the temporary closure of all schools due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, officials said on Wednesday, making it the second Latin American country to do so after Peru took..
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El Salvador shuts classes in all schools on coronavirus fears

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Wednesday that all schools in El Salvador will be closed for three weeks due to coronavirus concerns, after governments in Panama and Peru took similar actions..
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Panama confirms first coronavirus case after woman showed symptoms

A 40-year-old woman in Panama has tested positive for coronavirus, the country's health minister said on Monday, marking the first such case in the Central American nation.
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Panama's health ministry confirms first coronavirus case

A 40-year-old women in Panama has tested positive for coronavirus, the country's health minister said on Monday, marking the first such case in the Central American nation.
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EU lists Cayman Islands, Panama as tax havens, spares Turkey

European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU's blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to avoid being listed, an EU document said..
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OAS human rights delegation barred from entering Venezuela

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said its officials were blocked on Tuesday from boarding a plane from Panama to Venezuela, where the government had already closed the door to the visit..
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Fire erupts on Panama-flagged oil tanker off UAE coast

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are trying to extinguish a fire on a Panama-flagged oil tanker off the coast of the emirate of Sharjah, the Federal Transport Authority said on Wednesday.
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UAE transport authority says crew of Panamanian oil tanker rescued after fire broke out: report

The crew and sailors of an oil tanker from Panama were rescued after a distress call was sent following a fire that broke out on board, the WAM state news agency reported, citing a statement by the..
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Panama probes suspected killing of seven by religious sect

Panamanian prosecutors are investigating the suspected killing of seven people, including a pregnant woman and five of her children, by members of religious sect that was believed to have been..
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Fire onboard coastal oil tanker off Singapore: MPA

A fire broke out onboard the Panama-flagged tanker 'HOYU' within Singapore waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement on Thursday.
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Spain's FCC says cooperating with justice in Panama corruption probe

Spanish building and infrastructure company FCC said on Thursday that it was fully cooperating with a High Court corruption investigation linked to 82 million euros ($92 million) in payments it..
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'Panama Papers' law firm sues Netflix over film based on scandal

Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix, accusing the video streaming heavyweight of defamation in a new movie based on..
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Cargo ship found sunk in waters near Tokyo after typhoon: ministry

A Panama-registered cargo ship was found sunk in waters near Tokyo on Sunday after authorities lost track of it as Typhoon Hagibis lashed Japan, the transport ministry said, while a newspaper said at..
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Panama says canal operating normally; no ships detained

Panama's Canal Authority said on Wednesday that the canal was operating normally and without delays, adding that no ships had been detained in the trade waterway.
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Costa Rica and Panama bust migrant-smuggling ring, arrest dozens

Costa Rican and Panamanian officials on Tuesday morning arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants through Central America and toward the United..
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India urges Iran to free all its crew after nine released

Iran has freed nine Indian crew members of a Panama-flagged tanker it seized this month, the Indian foreign ministry said on Saturday, and it appealed for the release of three remaining crew members..
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Flags of inconvenience: noose tightens around Iranian shipping

Somewhere on its journey from the waters off Iran, around Africa's southern tip and into the Mediterranean, the Grace 1 oil tanker lost the flag under which it sailed and ceased to be registered to..
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Panama says withdrawing flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violations

Panama's maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking..
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Exclusive: Panama to withdraw flags from more vessels that violate sanctions

Panama will withdraw its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation, the country's maritime authority told Reuters, following the removal of about 60 ships linked to..
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Panama's new president takes office, pledges end to corruption

Panama's new President Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo vowed to curb corruption and close the wealth gap in the isthmus nation at his swearing-in ceremony on Monday.
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