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Panama reports 432 new infections of COVID-19; totals 136,024 cases

The epidemiological report issued by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) this Wednesday, November 4, indicates that the accumulated number of coronavirus cases in Panama rose to 136,024, after registering a total of 432 new infections.

In addition, the country reached a cumulative 2,744 deaths due to COVID-19 , with a total of 13 new deaths registered in the last 24 hours. The fatality rate remains at 2.0%

To date, a total of 558 patients remain hospitalized in the ward, while 109 are in intensive care units.

On the other hand, 114,207 recovered people are reported and 19,073 active cases are counted, of which 567 are in hospital hotels and 17,839 remain in isolation at home.

In the last hours, 3,201 new tests have been carried out to detect COVID-19 and the positivity rate is 13.5%.


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.


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