The Ministry of Health (Minsa) of Panama reported 3,274 new cases of covid-19 and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours.
These new figures bring the total number of infections to 209,584 and the number of deaths to 3,527. The case fatality is currently at 1.7%.
According to the epidemiological report of the Minsa, 17,484 new tests were applied to detect covid-19, for a percentage of positivity of 18.7%.
There are 34,312 active cases and 171,745 recovered.
In isolation there are 32,597 patients of which 31,915 are in their residences and 682 in hospital hotels.
While 1,715 patients are hospitalized, of them 1,533 in ward and 182 in intensive care.
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 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.