The authorities of Panama They said this Sunday that 55 cases of the contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus have already been confirmed, which already has community transmission and is driving a fourth pandemic wave in the country.
Of that figure, nine are new cases detected since last Thursday – when a total of 46 confirmed infections of the omicron had been reported – corresponding to people between 19 and 45 years old residing in the Panamanian capital and its surroundings, as well as in the province of Coclé.
- Panama is experiencing a fourth pandemic wave driven by the omicron variant
- Health authorities confirm the first case of the omicron variant in Panama
- 90% of the target population of Panama already has a dose against the coronavirus
People infected with the omicron variant of covid-19 “They are in isolation and their contact traceability is applied to cut off the transmission of the virus, “said the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in its daily report on the pandemic.
The ministry reiterated its recommendation to the population that “in the face of this new variant, whose transmission is community-based, they should redouble biosafety measures such as correct use of the mask, hand washing, physical distancing and use of the face shield in transportation. public and when making purchases ”.
The authorities reported this Sunday 977 new cases of covid-9 and three deaths, which brought accumulated infections to 498,785 and deaths to 7,433 in more than 21 months of the pandemic.
There are 32 patients hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU) and 171 in the general ward, while 14,622 are isolated at home and 203 in hotels.
In the last hours 7,356 tests were applied that yielded a positivity of 13.3%.
The Minsa has insisted on vaccination as a great tool to combat the covid pandemic.
Panama, a country of 4.28 million inhabitants, already has 81.4% of people aged 12 years or more vaccinated with the full schedule (two doses) and 90.4% with one dose.
At least 353,419 booster doses have also been applied, which must be administered three months after the second injection to people over 16 years of age, one of the measures promoted by the Government to confront the omicron variant.
It is expected that in the next few hours the first 60,000 pediatric doses of the anticovid vaccine will arrive in the country, for children between 5 and 11 years old, which will be administered from an unannounced date to those who have chronic diseases or are immunosuppressed patients.
The Panamanian President, Laurentino Cortizo, on Sunday called the immunization program against covid-19 as “the most complex and successful logistics operation in the history” of the country.
“However, although the vaccination process is one of the best in the world, I reiterate that we have not won the war against COVID and we are not close, the omicron is advancing. The only way to gain ground from this invisible enemy is vaccination and the use of a mask, there is no other “, warned the ruler.
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