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Panama added this Thursday 25 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,046 cases, which increased to 1,374 the number of deaths and 63,269 confirmed infections of the disease after 143 days of pandemic, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

The hospitalized number 1,460, of which 1,302 are in the ward and 158 in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), while in home isolation 22,430 people remain and another 689 in hotels that temporarily function as hospitals.

In Panama, which experienced an explosion of cases about two months ago, the disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has a case fatality of 2.2%.

The report details that deaths according to age range are concentrated in those older than 60 years, which to date accumulate 976 of the 1,374 deaths produced.

The Central American country, since the first case discovered on March 9, has carried out 216,730 COVID-19 contagion tests to date, 70% negative and 30% positive.

The tests per million inhabitants reached 56,655, with 3,133 in the last 24 hours, showing a positivity of 33.4%.

The government of President Laurentino Cortizo highlighted on Tuesday that Panama is the fourth in the region with the highest number of tests applied per thousand inhabitants, with 43.8, second only to the United States (153); Canada (99.6) and Chile, (78.7).

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Cortizo announced on Wednesday that he instructed the Minsa authorities « to accelerate actions aimed at caring for personnel fighting the pandemic, to incorporate private sector medical personnel to public hospitals, and to require foreign doctors. »

The authorities reported the signing of an agreement between the Minsa and the Association of Municipalities of Panama for greater coordination of the fight against COVID-19.

It was reported that Panama already has the drug Avifavir – approved by the Russian Ministry of Health on May 29 – and the prompt arrival of a batch of Remdesivir.

In 5 of the 10 provinces of Panama there is a night curfew and mobility is completely restricted on weekends, while in three, with the lowest incidence of the disease, commercial activities were opened this week under biosafety parameters.

The restrictions are stricter in the Panamanian capital and in the province of Panamá Oeste, where the COVID-19 outbreaks are concentrated, and people can only go out for their gender and for two hours a day to make essential purchases.

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