Panama, Mar 31 (EFE) .- Panamanian health authorities reported this Wednesday 447 new cases of covid-19 and 5 deaths from the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, to reach 355,051 confirmed infections and 6,114 deaths after a little more of a one-year pandemic.

The daily report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports that there are 512 hospitalized for the disease in the ward and 72 in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), and 4,230 remain isolated at home and 219 in hotel-hospitals.

The patients who have recovered total 343,904 since the first case of contagion occurred on March 9, 2020 in Panama, which has a fatality rate from covid of 1.7%, one of the lowest in the Latin American region.

The diagnostic tests that have been applied in Panama to date amount to 2,145,955, with 11,314 in the last 24 hours, which yielded a positivity of 3.9%, one of the lowest this year.

The tests per million inhabitants reach 503,670.

Deaths according to age range are invariably concentrated among people aged 60 to 79 years (2,968) and people over 80 (1,637), but they register a lower number of cases than in the segment of 20 to 59 years.

VACCINATION

Panama received a new shipment of 36,270 vaccines from Pfizer against covid-19, currently the only supplier in the country and which has already delivered more than 450,000 doses, of which 370,793 have been applied to priority groups, according to official data.

The National Secretary of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Research (Senacyt), Eduardo Ortega-Barría, told Efe that the rate of vaccination in Panama “suffers from some of the limitations suffered by emerging and developing countries, which it is that the number of doses that we need at the speed that we require does not arrive “.

An average of “8,000 people per day” is being vaccinated, a rate that I would like to increase and reach “at least 15,000 people per day, but that will depend on the number of doses we receive.”

Despite this, the expert and advisor to the Government on vaccination against covid affirmed that Panama “has been successful in implementing its program” and in defining “a continuous vaccination strategy with three main objectives.”

Among those objectives is to vaccinate the most susceptible people, who are those over 60 years of age, a population that in Panama amounts to 532,000 people and of which approximately 100,000 have already been vaccinated, that is between 18 and 20%.

“75% of mortality” due to “covid has occurred in that age group” over 60 years old, recalled Ortega-Barría, adding that by continuing to immunize this population “the first thing we are going to see is the decrease of admissions to the ICU, the decrease in mortality and that is one of the most important goals we have. ”

For his part, the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, said that epidemiological surveillance has been strengthened after the detection of nine cases of the Brazilian variant of the new coronavirus in the capital, to “prevent its spread to the rest of the country.”

(c) EFE Agency

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