11 August, 2022

Panama reports new cases of the Omicron variant, that keeps the population on alert

Luis Francisco Sucre, Minister of Health of Panama. Photo: Courtesy.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama – The epidemiological surveillance system of Panama identified two new cases of Covid-19 this Wednesday, with the Omicron variant. These are people who had contact with the first reported case.

The new cases correspond to the six suspects who were announced on Monday 20, whose evidence was being analyzed by the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (ICGES). The other four are still under surveillance.

One of the new cases belongs to the Metropolitan Health Region, and it is a patient of 35 years, who is vaccinated with two doses against Covid-.19 and with a recent travel history to Colombia. The other case corresponds to a patient of 27 years, with two doses of vaccine applied. Both are kept in quarantine.

Faced with the appearance of new cases of the Omicron, The health authorities reiterated the call to the population to apply the booster dose after it was reduced from 6 a 3 months the time to put it on from today. The booster dose is given to the population starting at 16 years.

Notably, that the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, specified that enough vaccines have been provided at all points enabled by Operation Panavac-19 for the population to come to apply the booster dose.

But nevertheless, the report provided by the Expanded Program on Immunization (DAD) reveals that since Operation PanavaC-19 began to date, more than 6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

In Panama they are reported until today 484 thousand 793 Covid-19 cases, of which 668 are new cases. An accumulated of 7 thousand 405 deceased to a fatality of 1.5%.