Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

Panamá reporta 14 nuevas defunciones por la Covid-19; se aplican 4,613 pruebas

Panama reports 14 new deaths from Covid-19; 4,613 tests are applied

The epidemiological report prepared by officials of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) highlighted that this Monday, November 2, 14 new deaths were registered by Covid-19.

In Panama, according to the Minsa, 112,565 patients have recovered from the disease.

While this Monday 579 new positive cases were detected, for a cumulative total of 134,915, the entity highlighted.

One fact that Minsa highlighted in its report is that to date 4,613 tests have been applied, for a percentage of positivity of 12.6%.

In addition, with the 14 new deaths in the country, a total of 2,720 accumulated deaths have been registered, with a case fatality of 2.0%.

Active cases in the country total 19,630. While 18,986 people are reported in home isolation, of which 18,424 are in their homes and 562 in the so-called hospital hotels.

While the hospitalized number 664 and of them 529 are in the ward and 115 in an 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.


Michael Zander 20 days ago
The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the USA assumes that only about a 17th of the 'Covid' victims clearly died of the cause of Covid19; the majority of the 'rest' suffered from 2.6 previous illnesses at the time of death


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