The Ministry of Health (Minsa) of Panama reported, through its epidemiological report, 649 new cases of covid-19 and 6 deaths from this disease in the country.
With these figures, the country accumulates 128,515 cases and 2,628 deaths for a 2.0% case fatality rate.
According to the Minsa report, 6,443 new tests were carried out to diagnose covid-19, for a percentage of positivity of 10.1%.
There are 21,325 active cases and 104,562 recovered patients.
Of the total active cases, 20,628 patients are in home isolation, of which 20164 at home and 464 in hospital hotels; while 697 are hospitalized, of them 569 in ward and 128 in intensive care.
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.