The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that in the last 24 hours in Panama a total of 1,021 new infections of COVID-19 have been detected, with which the number of accumulated cases has increased to 414,647.
Also, for this Saturday, July 10, the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the country rose to 6,627 after 13 new deaths were recorded. The fatality rate remains at 1.6%.
The Minsa adds that a total of 569 patients remain hospitalized in the ward and 117 are in intensive care units due to the coronavirus.
On the other hand, 13,555 cases remain active, of which 12,516 remain in isolation at home and 353 are in hospital hotels.
As of this Saturday, it is reported that approximately 394,465 people have recovered.
He adds that in the last few hours, 13,936 new tests have been carried out to detect COVID-19 and the positivity rate is 7.3%.
NOTE: Some observers have argued that the Minsa reported case fatality rate (number of COVID linked deaths / number of known cases) in reality should 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, the method used in Panama to define how a 'COVID death' is counted is also 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.
There have also been reports on the inaccuracy of the PCR test, which would compromise the figures mentioned above.
In lack of better information sources, PanaTimes continues to publish reports with the government (Minsa) announced figures. Readers are adviced to use their own judgement. We are happy to publish more accurate reports, if they become available to us or our contributors.
The information in this article is not intended to influence your decision whether to be vaccinated. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.