Panama’s Ministry of Health announced on the 22nd local time that the country’s first case of variant novel coronavirus has been found.
The case is a 40-year-old Zimbabwean man who entered Panama on January 5 after stopping in the Netherlands for several days.
At the time of entry, he tested negative for COVID-19, and tested positive for the second time on the 17th of this month.
Subsequent laboratory analysis results show that the COVID-19 infection is consistent with the COVID-19 variant strain previously found in South Africa.
At present, the man is in isolation, and it is not certain when and where he contracted the virus.
As of the 22nd local time, Panama has confirmed a total of 307,793 cases of COVID-19 and 4,980 deaths.
In addition, since the 21st local time, Panama officially launched the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program.