(MENAFN – Panama press room)
Panama recorded an average of more than 1,000 new cases per day of covid-19 during the epidemiological week, June 27 to July 3, which has not happened since last February.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health (Minsa), in the past seven days, 7,453 new infections were reported, 10.6% more than the previous week.
Epidemiologist Arturo Rebollón pointed out that if the growth continued, next week, instead of an average of 1,000 cases per day, it would be 1,100. He warned that in 15 days we went from 70 patients in the intensive care unit to over 100, indicating that there is a third wave that is gaining strength.
“Certainly July will be a difficult month in terms of managing the pandemic,” he said.
According to the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, for now, they are in control of the situation, although he recognizes that 8% positivity like the current one is not ideal.
From today, in the municipalities of Pesé and Chitré (Herrera), La Chorrera (Panama Oeste) and Penonomé and Aguadulce (Coclé), a total Sunday quarantine will be operated.
July is a challenge for the country in terms of management and control of the pandemic generated by Covid-19 since the third wave could reach its peak during this month.
In the opinion of the epidemiologist, there is the real problem of the pandemic, since half of the infected who go into intensive care eventually die or cause a heavy occupation of hospital beds.
However, he recalled that a million doses of vaccines will be received in July and that this would be a great weapon to protect the population against hospitalizations or severe forms of the disease.
in Panama, 561,973 people completed the vaccination cycle, that is, they received two doses of either Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine or AstraZeneca. This represents 13.3% of the population.
Public health specialist Jorge Luis Prosperi agreed with Rebollón that citizen discipline has been broken and that there are many citizens, especially young people, who, overcome by pandemic fatigue, have chosen to comply with the measures safety, putting themselves and their loved ones at risk.
“As if that weren’t enough, there are a growing number of people saying on social media that vaccines don’t work and rejecting them, which is a mistake, since it is proven in other latitudes. that over 90% of mortality occurs in unvaccinated people.
– The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports that with 6,514 deaths as of June 26, Panama ranks third among the Central American countries with the highest number of deaths, after Guatemala and Honduras.
In turn, it records a mortality of 150.1 per 100,000 people, which is lower than the average mortality for America, which is 185 per 100,000.
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