Timelapse: Construction of hospital for coronavirus patients in Panama | AFP

A 100-bed hospital “Panama Solidario” has been constructed for patients seriously ill with the coronavirus in Panama City. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, Panama had more than 3,700 cases and 109 deaths as of Thursday.

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Panama police sing and dance to support citizens in lockdown | AFP

In uniform and wearing masks, Panama’s police force take up microphones and bust out dance moves to keep the capital’s locked-in residents entertained. The central American country is under a nationwide lockdown, with over 3,400 cases of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Drive-through testing begins in Panama’s capital | AFP

Health workers in Panama’s capital check and swab people in their cars at a new drive-through testing facility in Panama City’s San Francisco neighbourhood.

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Coronavirus: From Panama, UN, Red Cross prepare 16.5 tons of aid | AFP

The United Nations and the Red Cross prepare more than 16 tons of supplies, including masks and gloves, for distribution from their collection center in Panama for the combat of COVID-19 across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Panama archbishop delivers Palm Sunday blessing by helicopter | AFP

Panama’s Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa takes to the skies to deliver the traditional Catholic Palm Sunday blessing from a helicopter after the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of churches across the country.

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Coronavirus: Stranded cruise passengers transfer to another vessel in Panama | AFP

Passengers stranded aboard the Dutch ‘Zaandam’ cruise ship are being evacuated on to the ‘Rotterdam’. Four elderly passengers aboard the Zaandam have already died with the vessel unable to dock at any ports in South America after dozens of people aboard fell ill with flu-like symptoms.

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Geisha coffee, the world’s most expensive bean from Panama | AFP

Geisha coffee, a speciality coffee grown in the northern Panama region of Boquete, is considered to be the most expensive in the world — in 2019, the bean broke all records by selling for over $1,000 a pound at auction — and every year it attracts coffee-loving buyers from as far as South Korea.

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Panama stunned by sect killings | AFP

Several open bibles, messages alluding to Satan, piled up clothes and several musical instruments can still be seen in the makeshift church in the Altos de Terrón indigenous community in Panama, where last week a religious sect allegedly sacrificed seven people.

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Panama’s Embera make Guinness Record to highlight indigenous issues | AFP

The Panama Emberá indigenous community makes Guinness Record with the world’s largest patacon – 111.4 kilos of fried plantain. With this challenge, this indigenous community seek to raise awareness to issues affecting the environment, their culture and traditions.

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Panama project simulates effect of climate change on tropical plants | AFP

The Smithsonian Tropical Dome Project in Panama, run by German plant physiology expert Klaus Winter, simulates future climate scenarios using domes.

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Panama police seize 1.7 tonnes of cocaine | AFP

Panamanian police seized 1.7 tonnes of cocaine after a speedboat chase in the indigenous region of Guna Yala, in the Caribbean.

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Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman walk Venice red carpet for ‘Laundromat’ | AFP

Film stars Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman walk the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival for Steven Soderbergh’s latest film ‘Laundromat’ on the Panama Papers scandal.

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Humanitarian aid from the Red Cross arrives in Venezuela | AFP

RAW-VENEZUELA-POLITICS-UNREST-AID Humanitarian aid from the Red Cross arrives in Venezuela VIDI1HL89I_EN Venezuela receives a second shipment of humanitarian aid from the Red Cross with 24 tons of medical supplies and power plants from Panama, and intended for hospitals to address the country’s health crisis.

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Released Panamanian ex-president at home after court order | AFP

A court in Panama ordered the release of detained ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, one year after he was extradited from the United States to face corruption charges. The ruling came after attorneys for Martinelli, who stands accused of spying on his political opponents, argued he should be released as Panamanian law bars pre-trial detention beyond one year. IMAGES of Ricardo Martinelli at home following release

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Lavrov and Pompeo meet on sidelines of Arctic Council session

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned China and Russia to “respect our interests” in the Arctic, or face the consequences.
Frozen and desolate, the Arctic region looks set to be the next frontier for competition between the US, Russia, and China.

Speaking at a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland on Monday, Pompeo launched a broadside against the US’ competitors in the region, particularly China.

“Arctic seaways could become the 21st century Suez and Panama canals,” America’s top diplomat stated.

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Social Democrat Cortizo votes in Panama presidential election

Social Democrat Laurentino Cortizo, who is favoured to win the presidential election in Panama, with pre-election polls giving him a 10-point lead over his closest challenger, former foreign minister Romulo Roux of the Democratic Change party, casts hi ballot. IMAGES