Panama exceeds 66,000 COVID-19 cases and accumulates 1,449 deaths

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Panama, Aug 1 (EFE) .- Panama registered 1,127 cases and 28 new deaths this Saturday from COVID-19, making a total accumulated of 66,383 infections and 1,449 deaths from the disease in 146 days of pandemic in the country, which has a local lethality of 2.2%.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that the hospitalized number 1,469, divided into 1,303 in the general ward and 166 in Intensive Care Units (ICU), while 40,081 (60.38%) patients have managed to recover from the disease.

27,743 people remain in home isolation with mild symptoms, and another 641 in hotels that provisionally function as hospitals.

The report indicates that deaths according to age range continue to be concentrated among people over 60 years old, who accumulate 1,024 of the 1,449 deaths produced to date.

In Panama, since the first case discovered on March 9, 226,506 tests have been carried out in Panama to detect the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, 70% negative and 30% positive.

The tests per 100,000 inhabitants amount to 5,296, with 3,606 in the last 24 hours, for a positivity percentage of 31.2%.

Panama has been experiencing an explosion of COVID-19 cases for about two months, so the Ministry of Health is working to strengthen its traceability strategy to stop the spread of the virus by detecting new cases and tracking its contacts.

In five of the ten provinces that the country has, there is a total quarantine on weekends, while from Monday to Friday there is a night curfew and people only have two hours a day to stock up according to gender and identity number personal.

In three other provinces in the central region of the country, some commercial and professional services activities have been opened due to their low incidence of cases.

Health authorities stressed on Thursday that there is a slow and gradual drop in the growth rate of new infections.

The pandemic keeps the Panamanian economy semi-paralyzed, which this year will drop 9%, according to a new government forecast.

The Ministry of Health reiterated to the population to comply with the recommended prevention guidelines and abide by confinement, staying home to stop the spread of the virus.

Late at night, local media reported the imposition of a fine to the Mayor of Panama City, José Luis Fábrega, after being caught on a well-known beach in the Panamanian Pacific in the midst of quarantine.

The burgomaster spoke in a statement about the incident, and acknowledged that “having left and been at the scene, I was also fined and responsibly pay the same.”

“I offer the appropriate apologies for this situation, I commit myself and invite everyone to strictly follow the measures dictated by the Minsa,” said Fábrega.

(c) EFE Agency

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