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Government promises to speed up vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A total of 700,000 doses against covid-19 were applied across the country in May. A month earlier, health centers had applied 565,000 doses. For the Minister of Communication, Agustín Castro, these figures show that the speed of the vaccination process is increasing. At a...

Yellow alert for rains in the Caribbean, Northern Zone, Central and South Pacific

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - decreed a yellow alert for the Caribbean, the northern zone and the Central and South Pacific of the country due to the heavy downpours expected this week. Lidier Esquivel, head of the...

Today’s Covid News: 48 deaths in 24 hrs; Govt promotes 5 areas of actions

QCOSTARICA - Reducing the number of infections, freeing up hospital beds and establishing national and international collaborations are the objectives of the announced actions by President Carlos Alvarado during Tuesday's press conference. The other measures announced Tuesday are new vehicular restrictions starting Wednesday, May 9,...

72 cantons on orange alert due to high risk of COVID-19 contagion

QCOSTARICA - The National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) has increased alerts for another 7 cantons, bringing the total to 72 of the 82 cantons in the country on orange alert for COVID-19. This is the largest number of cantons on orange...

JUPONAZO: Government closes non-essential trade from May 3 to 9 in Central Valley!

QCOSTARICA - The Government ordered the closure of non-essential trade from May 3 to 9, in the Central Valley, in an attempt to contain the exponential growth in the number of new cases of covid-19, hospitalized patients, and deaths, which have saturated the public...

Pacific and Central Valley will have intense downpours Pacific and Central Valley will have intense downpours at the beginning of the week

QCOSTARICA - The national weather service, Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) reported that intense rainfall will continue throughout the Central Valley, the Pacific and the northern zone at least this Monday and Tuesday. According to meteorologist Camilo Vindas, the transition phase towards the rainy season this...

Downpours Continue In the Caribbean

QCOSTARICA - The heavy rains have not let up in the Caribbean. Although in some areas a few rays of sun came out this Friday morning, the downpour returning in the afternoon and the water levels have hardly dropped. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports...

Health focuses vaccination of people over 58 in the event of a third wave of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health has ordered the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), to allocate 90% of all vaccines against covid-19 to protect people aged 58 and over, who are part of the second risk group. Vaccines for the first group, which are...

11th batch of covid-19 vaccines arrived: Costa Rica accumulates 676,455 doses

QCOSTARICA - A new batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed Tuesday night at the Juan Santamaría airport,  the 11th batch from Pfizer with a total of 119,340 doses, and the single largest delivery so far since the first on December 23, 2020. With this delivery,...

Costa Rica signs with Pfizer purchase of 1 million additional vaccines

QCOSTARICA - The government of Carlos Alvarado announced this Monday morning that Costa Rica signed an addendum to ensure the supply of one million additional doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, with the aim of accelerating the pace of the immunization process to...

CNE: 19 cantons maintain a high risk of contagion

QCOSTARICA - In total, 19 cantons in six provinces maintain a high risk of contagion by COVID-19, according to the last update from the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies (CNE) after the review of the last epidemiological week carried out...

Restaurant owners applaud the end of the daytime restriction on weekends

QCOSTARICA - The elimination of the daytime sanitary vehicle restrictions in less than a week, given the drop in infections and hospitalizations due to covid-19, is applauded by the commercial sector. The president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants (Cacore), Jorge Figueroa, said, “It's...

Daytime vehicle restriction on weekdays will only apply to downtown San José

QCOSTARICA - The drop in infections and hospitalizations due to covid-19 that surprises scientists and health officials of the last few weeks resulted in the government being more flexible in the vehicular restrictions. Starting Monday, February 8, the daytime vehicle restrictions for Monday to Friday...

Cold push hits the Caribbean hard: leaves a death and floods

QCOSTARICA - Cold push number 14 hit Costa Rica's Caribbean hard, leaving one person dead and flooding. Given this circumstance, the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - issued an orange alert for the central canton of Limón, Matina and Talamanca, yellow...

Strong winds prevent fire control and generate falling trees and short circuits

QCOSTARICA - Strong winds, generated by the influence of cold push number 12, prevented the firefighters from controlling a fire in vegetation registered in Caragral de Palmichal de Acosta, San José. The flames have consumed 22 hectares and, until 6 pm Wednesday, they were working...

CNE: “If confidentiality in contract with Pfizer is broken, vaccine supply is suspended”

QCOSTARICA - The contract signed by the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE)  - National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Commission - for the acquisition of three million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines against the new coronavirus...

Hurricane Iota moves towards a devastated Central America

QCOSTARICA - Hurricane Iota strengthened this Monday and rose to category 4 on its way to Central America, where authorities evacuated thousands of people to minimize risks. The region was recently devastated by the passage of Eta, just two weeks ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center...

Rainy onslaught by Hurricane Eta batters Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - The central Pacific, as well as Guanacaste and the canton of Upala, in the northern zone (Alajuela), are on an orange alert due to the intensification of the rains in that area due to the indirect influence of Hurricane Eta. The National Emergency...

Heavy rains leave rivers overflowing in Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - Heavy rains due to the indirect effects of Eta, a category 4 hurricane that hit Nicaragua's Caribbean coast this Tuesday morning, caused floods in the province of Guanacaste. Marcelo Morera, regional director of the Traffic Police in the Chorotega region, confirmed that the...

Indirect impact of Hurricane ETA cause of evacuations in Corredores and Parrita

QCOSTARICA - Hurricane ETA at the doors of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast is the cause of the evacuation of 63 people in Costa Rica's Pacific coastal towns of Corredores and Parrita. At 3:50 pm EST, Hurricane ETA, now a category 4, with sustained winds of 209...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,296 new cases; country reinforces shelters for risk of floods due to tropical depression

QCOSTARICA - The General Director of Health, Priscilla Herrera, confirmed 1,296 new cases of COVID-19 for Friday, October 30, of which 275 are by epidemiological link and 1,021 by testing, for a total of 108,866 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to...

CNE reveals how the money from the traffic fines is used

(QCOSTARICA) Applauded by some and rejected by others, the sanitary vehicle restriction is one of the most controversial measures that emerged as a strategy to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Costa Rica. Almost from the beginning, the fine of ¢23,000 colones for...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 435 new cases Tuesday, 1,901 new recoveries

(QCOSTARICA) This Tuesday, August 4, the Minister of Health reported 435 new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, while the accumulated number reached 19,837. For the first time in months we saw real reporting on the number of recovered cases. Up to Tuesday, I could...

“Red Alert” would mean extreme restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica is under a "yelllow alert" for the coronavirus pandemic, which, save for the cantons and districts elevated to an "orange alert", entails a vehicular restriction from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm weekdays and 7:00 pm weekends, limited commercial activity and continued...

Swollen rivers, landslides and sewer collapse due to heavy rains reported

(QCOSTARICA) As tropical wave number four makes its way through Costa Rica, it produced heavy rains from late afternoon Tuesday and well into the night in many areas around the country. Reports from communities and the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias - CNE)...

Pacific Coast and Central Valley under “Yellow” alert

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) has issued a "yellow" alert for the entire Pacific coast (North, Central and South) and the Central Valley due to climatic conditions. The atmospheric and humid pattern over the country will generate intense rains during the afternoon and the first...

People with covid-19 affected by heavy rains will be placed in special shelters

(QCOSTARICA) People living in flood- or landslide-prone communities who are a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 will be placed in special shelters, with the objective to avoid a possible spread of the disease in shelters, where families are moved when their home is...

CNE changes protocols for attending to rains amid pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted changes in guidelines the National Emergency Commission (CNE) response with the arrival of the hurricane season, for the protection the population. On Monday, Alexander Solís, president of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) announced that new guidelines were created for...

Yellow alert in Guanacaste and Green alert other parts of the country

The atmospheric instability presented in recent days has generated significant accumulated rainfall, especially along the Pacific, Central Valley and some sectors of the North Zone and Sarapiquí. According to the national weather system (IMN) stations, the highest amounts of rainfall (between 100 mm and 120...

San José hotel for patients with COVID-19 without ties in the country was filled in less than 10 days

The hotel rented by the National Emergency Commission (CNE) for 40 patients with COVID-19 who are not rooted in Costa Rica or without a safe place to comply with their isolation order was filled in less than 10 days. According to the CNE, the hotel...

“Green Alert” declared for rains and the proximity of tropical wave One

The National Emergencies Commission (CNE) declared a "green alert" to the increase in rainfall, at the beginning of the hurricane season in the Caribbean Sea and the approach of Tropical Wave One. The CNE experts the tropical wave to reach the Pacific and the Central...

Was it a 5.4 or 5.8? Earthquake Shakes Costa Rica Friday Night

A more than 5 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica Friday, at 8:40 pm, in Buenos Aires of Puntarenas, in the southern zone, near the Panama border, and the shock wave was felt even in San José. The country's two centers for earthquakes and volcanic activity...

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