The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that for this Saturday, October 10, Panama reached 119,666 accumulated cases of coronavirus, after registering a total of 825 new infections.
It details that 8 new deaths are counted today, bringing the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 to 2,482, with a case fatality rate of 2.1%.
Regarding hospitalizations, a total of 724 patients currently remain in the ward, while 112 are in intensive care units.
The Minsa indicates that to date 95,552 recovered people and 21,632 cases that remain active are reported, of which 20,366 are in hospital hotels and 430 remain in isolation at home.
The report adds that in the last hours 7,029 new tests have been carried out to detect COVID-19 with positivity rate of 11.7%.
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.