Truckers affirmed this decision unilaterally and Panama’s authorities had no part on it.
Panama´s government announced on May 20 a bilateral agreement with Costa Rican authorities to solve the transportation strand in borderline territories.
“We have achieved a bi-national solution that allows Panamanian transporters to enter Costa Rica’s territory. I recognize the constructive management of Costa Rica’s canceller Rodolfo Solano Quirós in the search for a solution to Panamanian transporters,” Panama’s Foreign Affairs Minister Alejandro Ferrer tweeted.
Panamanian truck drivers beached the borderline roads on May 16 after Costa Rica’s government ceased a goods carriage into the national territory to prevent the virus spreading. Truckers affirmed this decision is unilateral and Panama’s authorities had no part on it.
Costa Rica limita el ingreso de transportistas a su país, ante esta decisión, se llevó a cabo una reunión interinstitucional con @MINSAPma @MICIPMA y @migracionpanama, a fin de coordinar las medidas de apoyo a los transportistas nacionales.— aduanaspanama (@aduanaspanama) May 17, 2020
According to Costa Rica’s authorities, about 38 Panamanian truck drivers tested positive for COVID and many of them were patient zero in contagious chains and prevented their entrance to the national territory.
Costa Rica’s Health Minister Daniel Salas affirmed his government would allow transportation under a health protocol to avoid driver exposure to the virus and prevent local COVID spreading.
As local news media said, the truck line was about 35 kilometers long in Paso Canoas. Those who are COVID infected claim they have not received health assistance, food aid, or shelter.
So far, Panama registered 9,977 positive cases, 287 deaths, and 6,194 recoveries.