Sunday, 5 July 2020

Health Minister admits ‘fatigue’ but announces ‘absolute will to continue working’

(QCOSTARICA) You could see on Friday he lacked the fervor of recent weeks. He looked tired. You could see his exhaustion. Shortly after the press conference ended Health Minister, Daniel Salas, was forced to explain the lack of energy with which he gave the latest report.

Health Minister, Dr. Daniel Salas (standing), looked tired, exhausted and spoke in a monotone, his voice is flat, at Friday’s presser.

He did it through a 38-second WhatsApp audio shared to the media.

In his message, Salas acknowledged suffering from fatigue caused by “long working hours”, but clarified that he maintains the commitment to face the coronavirus pandemic.

- paying the bills -

“Perhaps they have seen me less energetic in the last press conferences and, with total sincerity, I tell you that it has been long days, very hard work.

“Since January, the entire Ministry has been focused on addressing the pandemic, protecting the population and, well, I just wanted to take the opportunity to reiterate my commitment that is permanent and my absolute will to continue working for the well-being of all of Costa Rica.

“So let’s go ahead and take good care of ourselves,” said Salas.

The message came after announcing that the country will start of phase two of the re-opening – easing of measures – set out in the chronogram a few weeks back.

On Monday, June 1, there will be a slight increase in the country’s economic activity.

- paying the bills -

Perhaps motivating his need to explain his less than lackluster press conference was the departure of three ministers in less than 24 hours prior to the presser.

With the message, Salas silenced any rumor about a possible change in his roled in the Health portfolio, where he has led the baton of the strategy to combat the covid-19 pandemic, a disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Among its repeated manifestations is the defense of measures to avoid spikes in infections that can lead to the collapse of the health system and more deaths, despite the cost to the economy that other sectors are demanding.

On Friday, Salas announced that Costa Rica reached 1,022 confirmed cases of the disease.

The Minister was emphatic that the country has not yet entered into community transmission yet, and on the contrary, there is a low hospitalization (only 12 patients, of which 2 are in ICU) and ten deaths as of Friday.

Although it was not until March 6 when the first case of covid-19 in the country was confirmed, Salas maintained that the Ministry of Health had been preparing since January for the health emergency.

- paying the bills --

Dr. Daniel Salas has held the position since November 29, 2018.


"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 310 new cases Saturday, country reaches 4,621 infections

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, reported Saturday, July 4,...

Central Bank defines maximum interest rate for credit cards

(QCOSTARICA) The Banco Central de Costa Rica (Central Bank) published early...


24 patients with COVID-19 who have received convalescent plasma

(QCOSTARICA) Amid the bad news of the sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations this week, the good news is that 24 people with COVID-19...

Businesses in phase two sectors can only sell groceries, health minister warned

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health warned businesses in Orange alert and orange alert adjacent, areas that did not advance to phase 3 on Saturday,...

Confirmed death number 18 by COVID-19 in the country

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica registered this afternoon the death number 18 of a COVID-19 patient, a 38-year-old woman, a foreigner, who lived in the province...

Legislators bury possibilty of posponing VAT on basic basket

The bill presented on June 11 by the government to postpone the Value Added Tax (VAT) on basic basked items is still under consideration,...

Brazil registered almost 48,000 new cases of coronavirus and exceeded 1.5 million infections

(Q24N) Brazil this Thursday registered the second highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 47,984 new infections, bringing...

COVID-19 Costa Rica; 270 new cases on July 2; patients in hospital increases

(QCOSTARICA) The numbers keep piling up. This Thursday, July 2, another 270 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are registered, for total accumulated cases of...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.