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Vuelve a registrarse en Panamá más de 1,700 casos nuevos de Covid-19 en 24 horas

Panama reports over 1,700 new cases of Covid-19 again in 24 hours

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced, this Saturday, November 28, that in the last 24 hours 1,709 new positive cases of Covid-19 and 9 new deaths were reported.

These figures increase the number of accumulated cases to 163,453 and deaths from this disease to 3,039.

Last Thursday, November 26, 1,755 new infections registered a record high number.

The epidemiological report of the Minsa indicates that to date 10,936 tests have been applied, for a percentage of positivity of 15.6%.

The recovered patients total 142,872 and active cases 17,542.

While in home isolation, 16,447 people are reported, of which 15,798 are at home and 649 in hospital hotels.

1,095 patients are hospitalized: 950 are in the ward and 145 are in the intensive care unit.


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.


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