A total 2,877 new cases of covid-19 were registered in the last 24 hours, raising the number of infections to 291,285, according to the Ministry of Health of Panama.
In the last 24 hours, 46 new deaths have been registered, and 11 deaths have been updated, totaling 4,651 accumulated.
The case fatality rate is at 1.6%.
In the last hours, 13,269 tests were carried out to detect coronavirus, for a positivity percentage of 21.6%.
There are a total of 230,702 recovered patients.
According to the epidemiological report of the Minsa, of the 53,255 isolated patients, there are 52,561 in home isolation and 694 in hotels; while 2,677 patients are hospitalized, of them 2,440 in ward and 237 in intensive care.
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.