Saturday, May 08, 2021

Casos de COVID-19 en Panamá siguen en aumento

Panama reports 4,046 new cases of COVID-19 and 47 deaths in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, Panama registered 4,046 new cases of COVID-19 , raising the total number of infections to 246,790, indicated the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in its epidemiological report.

Meanwhile, 47 new deaths were reported, for a total of 4,022 deaths from this virus in the country.

The case fatality rate is at 1.6%.

14,423 new tests were carried out to detect coronavirus, for a percentage of positivity of 28.1%.

There are a total of 195,138 recovered patients and 47,632 active cases.

Of the total of active cases, there are 45,351 people are in isolation, of which 44,681 are at home and 670 in hotels; while 2,279 patients are hospitalized, of them 2,077 in ward and 202 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.


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