Panama recorded five new deaths from COVID-19 that brought the number of deaths to 159, and added 200 cases for a total of 5,538 confirmed infections of the disease in the country, health authorities reported this Saturday.
There are 345 hospitalized patients, 85 in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 260 in wards, while 4,696 are in home isolation, of which 1,046 have been transferred to hotels that temporarily operate as hospitals.
There are 338 patients who have recovered after undergoing laboratory tests, while another 2,424 have been clinically restored, that is, they no longer have symptoms and have completed the 14-day quarantine. Between the two groups, in the last 24 hours 183 people have been cured.
25,400 tests have been carried out to detect the disease, of which 76.3% have been negative and 23.7% positive, including the first and second samples to confirm the infection.
The tests per million inhabitants reached 5,937, of which 1,096 took place in the last 24 hours.
The director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Lourdes Moreno, said that people over 60 continue to concentrate the highest number of deaths with 76% of the 159 registered in total.
PURCHASE OF RESPIRATORS IS POLITICAL
The Vice Minister of the Presidency, Juan Carlos Muñoz, announced that the unidentified company, which had promised to supply 100 portable respirators at a cost of $ 48,950 each, “will not be able to dispatch the equipment to us due to world demand.”
The purchase of respirators for that value generated complaints in the local media of alleged irregularities that led the Public Ministry to announce this Saturday the opening of an investigation by the “alleged crime commission against the Public Administration.”
In addition, the Comptroller General said this Saturday that “only purchased goods and services will be paid at a fair and reasonable price,” given “the intention to purchase 100 AHP-300 fans for approximately $ 5 million,” a transaction that “does not has even come to endorse “this supervisory institution.
Muñoz defended that the decision was made to buy the respirators at that price, well above the 6,000 to 10,000 that they cost before the pandemic, according to government information, due to the sense of “urgency” of the situation and He reiterated that the costs have been multiplied by these teams “have become the asset with the highest demand worldwide.”
Panama has been under an indefinite mandatory national quarantine since March 25, although two weeks before that date schools had already been closed, businesses are non-essential industries, and agglomerations are prohibited.
International flights and the entry of foreigners by any means are also suspended.