Panama bullish on COVID progress as country looks to re-open.


Panama maintains below 1 the effective reproductive number of cases (Rt) or average value of the contagion rate of the Covid-19 disease .

Panama, close to achieving control of the epidemic

This was reported by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) by detailing that the Rt of the last epidemiological week (August 23 to 29) was 0.96; the one reported in the previous epidemiological week (August 16-22) was 0.9.

Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, stated that all provinces already have an Rt below 1.5, which shows that the country is reaching a level of control of the epidemic.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, said that the case traceability strategy is giving positive results in the control of the epidemic, as well as the application of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and antigen tests.

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