Panama has registered its first case of a COVID-19 variant matching a strain of the virus detected in South Africa, the Central American country's health ministry said on Friday.
With nearly 90% of the capital’s COVID-19 hospital beds already full, according to government data. Deaths nationwide have surpassed 1,500 daily, with more than 20,000 new cases registered on Wednesday.
Deaths are expected to reach 150,000 in coming days.
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