Panama reduces the days of isolation of positive cases by covid-19 to 7

Panama City, Jan 24 (EFE) .- The Government of Panama reduced the isolation of positive cases by covid-19 from 10 to 7 days, and authorized companies and businesses to use “self-administered tests” among their workers, The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Monday. The measure, approved by Executive Decree, establishes that if the self-applied test comes out negative, the person will remain in their usual work, but if the result is positive, they must go to a public or private swab center to perform an antigen test. or PCR, said a statement from the Minsa. The companies or businesses will report the results of these tests to the health authorities “as a way of keeping track,” an official source told Efe, and clarified that these are not home tests that “have not yet been approved.” Regarding isolation, the decree contemplates that it will be for seven days if the antigen or PCR test is positive, but on the fifth day the patient will have an antigen test that, if negative, will return to work and if positive will continue with the withdrawal and repeat the sample on the seventh day. If the result is negative on the seventh day, you can return to work, but if the result is positive, isolation is extended until the tenth day. In addition, the Decree stipulates that those who have been in contact with a positive patient and developed symptoms will comply with a five-day quarantine, “whether or not they have a complete vaccination schedule against covid-19.” Those who have close contact with a positive and have not developed symptoms and do not have the complete vaccination schedule will also be confined for five days. In both cases, the antigen test must be done on the fifth day, states the standard. Additionally and optionally, companies and businesses are authorized to create swab centers to detect the virus that causes covid-19, according to official information. These measures are announced after the private sector warned of a decrease in its workforce due to the isolation period, even in cases of not presenting symptoms and being vaccinated. Panama, which is going through an aggressive fourth pandemic wave pushed by the omicron variant, added this Monday 5,455 new cases of covid-19 and 10 deaths from the disease, to reach 650,130 confirmed infections and 7,609 deaths in 22 months of pandemic, according to the daily report of the Minsa. There are 89 patients hospitalized in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and 767 in the general ward, while 77,953 are isolated at home and 472 in hotels, for a total of 79,281 active cases. On this day, 14,472 tests were applied to detect cases of covid, with a positivity of 37.6%. As for vaccination, to date 6,986,304 doses of vaccines against covid-19 have been applied. Of that total, 3,202,400 are first dose; 2,852,222 second dose; 921,973 booster doses and 9,709 third doses to immunosuppressed patients. The coverage of the target population is 80.7% with the first dose and 71.9% with the second dose. EFE fa/gf/cfa

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