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Minsa: se registran 29 defunciones por Covid-19 y 1,936 nuevos casos; toque de queda empieza esta noche las 9:00 p.m.

Panama reports 29 deaths from Covid-19 and 1,936 new cases; curfew starts tonight at 9:00 pm

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Tuesday, December 8, that in the last hours 24 new deaths from Covid-19 and 1,936 new cases have been registered.

With these new figures, the total number of deaths in the country amounts to 3,241 and a case fatality of 1.8%. The total number of cases is 181,166.

In the last 24 hours, 11,254 tests have been applied, for a positivity of 17.2%. And as of this Tuesday, the number of people recovered amounts to 155,870.

Active cases amount to 22,055. As to home isolation, 20,752 people are reported, of which 20,070 are at home and 682 in hotels.

Meanwhile, there are 1,303 hospitalized and 1,134 of them are in the ward and 169 in intensive care units.

The Minsa reminded that from tonight the new schedule for the curfew begins to govern in the province of Panama, due to the increase in cases. The new curfew time is from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.

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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, 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 highly compromise any figures mentioned above.

In lack of better information sources, PanaTimes continues to report the government (Minsa) announced figures. Readers are adviced to use their own judgement.


Paul Jenkins 130 days ago
There is an accepted methodology for determining cause of death. If someone has an underlying medical condition that increases their vulnerability to a particular disease (such as COVID), but die in a defined period after contracting that disease, the cause of death is the disease. Implying that this is somehow improper or that data is a matter of opinion does not clarify facts; it does the opposite. Under-testing is a recognized penomenon and is clearly severe in Panama as indicated by the very high positivity rate.


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