The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa) reported that for this Sunday, October 11, the country registers some 647 new infections by COVID-19, which raised the number of accumulated cases to 120,313.
While in the last 24 hours there were about 9 new deaths from this new coronavirus, which increase the number of deaths to 2,491, with a case fatality rate of 2.1%.
From Saturday to Sunday in the country, some 4,560 new tests were applied, which yielded 14.2% positivity.
The report details that there are some 96,164 patients recovered from the virus; while active cases remain at 21,658.
Regarding this statistic, it is specified that there are about 20,426 with COVID-19 confined to their homes and another 453 are housed in hospital hotels.
Currently about 655 patients are hospitalized in wards with this virus and 124 are detained in intensive care units.
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.