In the last 24 hours, Panama registered a total of 875 new cases of COVID-19, raising the number of infections to 155,658, according to the Ministry of Health of Panama.
Deaths with the virus in the country increased to 2,973, after accounting for 16 new deaths. The case fatality rate decreased to 1.9%. The fatality rate to the total population is at 0.07%.
In the last 24 hours, 6,902 tests were carried out to detect coronavirus, of which 12.7% were positive.
There are a total 137,004 recovered patients.
According to the epidemiological report of the Minsa, active cases add up to 15,681, of which there are 14,040 in home isolation and 683 in hotels; while 958 patients are hospitalized, of them 809 in ward and 149 in intensive care.
According to the age group, patients between 20 and 59 years of age continue to be the most affected in terms of contagion, however, most deaths correspond to those over 60 years of age.
According to previous Minsa reports, the deaths corresponded with many underlying illnesses, making over 60 with those conditions the high risk group.
Some critics 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.