The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), of this Wednesday, October 28, reports 825 new positive cases of Covid-19, for a cumulative total of 131,247.
In addition, it reports 13 new deaths, totaling 2,663 accumulated and a case fatality rate of 2.0%.
On the date it is reported that there were 7,896 tests completed for a positivity rate of 10.4%.
There are 107,391 recovered patients and 21,193 active cases, reveals the Minsa report.
There are 20,520 people in home isolation, of which 20,043 are at home and 477 are in the so-called hospital hotels.
There are 673 hospitalized patients and 554 of them are in the ward and 119 are in the intensive care unit.
Some critics have argued that the Minsa reported case fatality rate (number of COVID linked deaths / number of known cases) in reality could be much lower, as the number of reported cases does not necessarily reflect the truth, as the testing does not cover the whole population, and many cases go undetected. At the same time, the government can't report what they don't know, but readers should note that the numbers may tell a different story from the reality.
Also, how a "COVID death" is counted is unclear, as many of the deaths correspond to underlying previous conditions, such as cancer, blood diseases, other age related diseases etc., and are reported as COVID deaths since the patient also had the coronavirus. On the other hand, many viruses are known to lower the patient's immunity and expose them to other diseases. As an example most HIV/AIDS patients don't die from the virus itself, but from other derived diseases such as pneumonia or regular flu.
In lack of better information sources, PanaTimes continues to report the government (Minsa) announced figures. Readers are adviced to use their own judgement.