Thursday, 28 May 2020

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 765 confirmed cases, border restrictions extended

The confirmed cases with covid-19 in Costa Rica in the last two months reached 765 this Thursday, May 7. This is an increase of four cases compared to Wednesday.

Of that number, 407 (53%) are men and 358 women (47%). The number of foreigners is 92, according to the report of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas.

The positive cases are already reported 64 of the 82 cantons of the country. The latest to make the list is Talamanca, in Limón, with one positive in Sixaola, the border district with Panama.

Health Minister Daniel Salas confirmed they are following up on all the contacts in the last 14 days.

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The minister also noted that of 230 tests carried out on cross border transport carriers (Panama and Nicaragua), only one was confirmed with covid-19. “He has already been identified, we have him in isolation and we are tracking contacts and identifying cases and issuing health orders,” he said.

Every time a case reaches a canton, more may be reported, Salas said. However, Talamanca has an advantage: it is a canton with low population density.

As of this Thursday, 19 patients with covid-19 are hospitalized: six of them in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with an age range of 53 to 75.

Border restrictions extended

Security Minister Micheal Soto announced that the border restrictions – land, sea and air – will continue until June 17, 2020.

During the restriction period, only Costa Ricans and residents (who have not left the country on March 24 and after) will be allowed entry. All foreigners non-residents and tourists are prohibited entry. See the full details here.

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In addition, Soto said all foreigner transport carriers, as a requirement of entry, must undergo mandatory covid-19 testing.

Drugs to fight the virus

Minister Salas confirmed Thursday that, in the case of Costa Rica, hydroxychloroquine, a drug used for decades to treat malaria, is being prescribed to patients and that Chinese scientists also administered it to patients in that country. As in the Asian country, here it has given good results, especially to counteract the advance of the virus in those affected.

In the United States, the FDA endorsed using remdisivir.

In this sense, the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research of the University of Costa Rica offered to create a treatment based on remdesivir. Salas said he is open to use it.

“We are fully available to have more appropriate treatments based on scientific evidence to address patients with covid-19 when all safety requirements are met.”

He clarified that the Pharmaceutical Research Institute does not currently have the drugstore registry, which would be the one that accredits it to import the supplies to produce the medicine, and it does not have the operating health permit to produce intravenous drugs.

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