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Subcommittee of the Ministry of Health will analyze and classify deaths from COVID-19

Subcommittee of the Ministry of Health will analyze and classify deaths from COVID-19

The specific mortality rate for COVID-19 in the first two months of the pandemic was 6 per 100,000 inhabitants in Panama, with a case fatality rate of 2.9%, according to epidemiologist Xavier Sáez Llorens.
The Health Minister Rosario Turner instructed the formation of a subcommittee to analyze mortality COVID-19 in Panama, the reported head of the Department of Epidemiology MoH, Nadja Porcell.

The purpose of the measure is to know exactly the characterization of the people who have died during this period due to this event, which has left over 300,000 dead worldwide, 269 in Panama.

This is a report with short-term, dynamic and retrospective results up to the moment when the first death was reported in early March, Nadja Porcell explained.

The Chief of Epidemiology maintains that with the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) that declares the country in the capacity to perform autopsies, Panama will be able to establish a better classification of mortality from COVID- 19, as well as the death of patients who, being positive for the virus, died from another type of illness.

The epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health reported 269 deaths from COVID-19, keeping 343 hospitalized patients, 72 of them in critical condition in intensive care units.

The report shows that nearly 200 of the total deaths correspond to adults over 60 years of age.

The specific mortality rate for COVID-19 in the first 2 months of the pandemic was 6 per 100,000 inhabitants, with a case fatality rate of 2.9% below the world average of 6.7% and 6% in the continent, detailed the epidemiologist Xavier Sáez Llorens.
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