Panama, Apr 2 (EFE) .- The Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa) reported this Friday of 351 new cases of covid-19 and 7 deaths from the disease, to reach a cumulative total of 355,850 confirmed infections and 6,126 deaths just over a year after the pandemic.

In its daily report, the Ministry of Health reports that there are 431 hospitalized for the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the ward and 65 in the country’s Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Isolated at home with mild symptoms and symptoms, 4,302 patients and 225 remain in hospital hotels.

Since the first case of contagion was detected on March 9, 2020, the recovered patients have totaled 344,701 in Panama, which has a fatality rate from covid of 1.7%, which remains one of the lowest in the Latin American region.

Panama has applied 2,171,115 diagnostic tests to date, 6,887 in the last 24 hours, with a positivity of 5%.

The Central American country, which has strengthened biosecurity measures after nine cases of the Brazilian variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were detected, this week received a new shipment of 36,270 Pfizer vaccines against covid-19.

So far, Panama has Pfizer as its sole supplier, which has already delivered more than 450,000 doses, of which 373,491 have been applied to priority groups, according to official information.

The Government of Panama approved this Thursday for emergency use the Russian vaccine against covid-19 Sputnik V, amid the alert from the authorities for the arrival of the Brazilian variant.

The authorities indicated that the use of the Russian drug was authorized by the Ministry of Pharmacies and Drugs Directorate, with which the National Government can now proceed with negotiations and manage the first purchase of this vaccine for Panama.

Last February, Panama requested Russia for three million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine with the intention of receiving them last March, through an official letter addressed to Kirill Dmitriev, a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Panama has allocated 56 million dollars for the purchase of 3 million Pfizer vaccines, 1,092,000 from AstraZeneca, 300,000 from Johnson and Johnson, and 1,112,410 through the Covax Mechanism of the World Health Organization (WHO).

(c) EFE Agency

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