The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa) revealed that for this Thursday, November 5, in the last 24 hours in the country there were 12 new deaths from COVID-19, which brings the accumulated deaths from this virus to 2,756.
After practicing some 4,329 new tests, 543 recent cases were detected, which brings the accumulated infections to 136,567.
In Panama, some 115,078 people have recovered from the coronavirus, while 18,733 remain as active cases.
This statistic shows that some 17,456 people are confined to their homes and 553 were confined in hospital hotels after receiving a positive diagnosis for COVID-19.
There are currently 607 patients hospitalized in wards for this virus and another 117 are confined in intensive care wards.
The coronavirus maintains a case fatality rate of 2% in Panama.
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.