Panama exceeds 13,000 infections and registers 330 deaths from COVID-19

Panama reached 330 deaths from COVID-19 and 13,018 confirmed infections this Saturday, health authorities said, warning that the measure to soften confinement from next Monday could be rolled back if a regrowth compromises hospital capacity.

The count of epidemiological data from the Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa) reports that at the end of today, there have been 4 more deaths from the disease and 352 new cases of contagion, which include, according to the report, 135 notified late by the state Social Security Fund (CSS).

The Minsa report indicates that 9,414 patients have recovered, 350 are hospitalized, 272 in the general ward and 78 in intensive care units (ICU) nationwide.

In home isolation 2,924 people are registered, of whom 539 have been transferred to hotels that provisionally function as hospitals.

Panama, the country hardest hit by the pandemic in Central America, has accumulated to date a total of 66,192 tests for the detection of COVID-19 infection, of which 50,849 have been negative.

The tests per million inhabitants amount to 15,470, with 1,551 new samples carried out in the last 24 hours.

The data count indicates that, by age range, people over 60 years still concentrate the highest number of deaths (236).

The authorities of the Minsa met today with the regional directors of health to verify the inspection mechanisms of the shops now that next Monday the second phase or block of productive activities begins, on the way to the gradual and gradual normalization of the country.

The sanitary guidelines and protocols established by the Mjnsa will be reviewed.

"But if at any time the alteration of the following parameters: the transmission rate, limitation in screening capacity or the installed capacity of our hospitals is exceeded (due to disease), rest assured that, if we have to back down , we will have to do it ", warned today the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner.

Panama will replace from Monday the national quarantine that restricts mobility from March 25 by gender and mobility to two hours a day, by a night curfew.

During the day, adults will be able to move, but minors will only do so between 4 and 7 in the afternoon accompanied by their parents or representatives.

On Monday they will open the sectors of construction, industry and churches as part of the second phase or block of reopening of activities.

The government divided the reactivation of production activities into six blocks, suspended since the second week of March, and the first (home sales, fishing and technical services) was opened on May 13.


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