A 13-year-old girl has died from the coronavirus in Panama, according to health officials.
The teen girl was being treated at a children’s hospital in the South American nation when she died on Sunday, said officials.
“The deaths were notified to the [Ministry of Health] epidemiological system after the Gorgas Memorial Institute carried out the rigorous examinations and determined that the deaths were the result of respiratory complications due to COVID-19,” officials said in a news release, referring to the CCP virus.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
Officials didn’t provide any more details about the teen’s death. So far, six people have died of the virus in Panama, including a 92-year-old, officials said, according to Telemetro.
A family in Georgia, meanwhile, said that a 12-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a hospital after testing positive for the virus.
Justin Anthony told CNN that his cousin Emma was placed on a ventilator after she tested positive for the virus that emerged in China. She was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15.
“The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions. Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws,” hospital spokeswoman Jessica Pope told CNN.
Anthony issued a warning that children can suffer adverse effects from the CCP virus.
“Kids can get it and I know one who’s fighting for her life,” Anthony said. “I know first hand how dangerous it is,” he also warned to CNN. “Everyone keeps saying ‘it doesn’t impact younger people.’ But here’s a 12-year-old fighting for her life. People need to practice social distancing. People need to take care of their children. People need to take this seriously.”