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COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,556 new cases, deaths now reach 686

(QCOSTARICA.COM) The number of new cases reported by the Ministry of Health for September 17 is 1,556, for a total of confirmed cases since the first on March 6, is 62,374. The number of active cases continues on the rise, with 38,520 (61.8%). Meanwhile, recoveries lag...

San Jose Mayor Confirms Testing Positive For COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) The mayor of San José, Johnny Araya, confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19, for which he had to quarantine along with four members of his family. The mayor of Costa Rica's capital city, reported that he had almost no symptoms and that his 14-day...

Government eases restrictions in the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) Bowing to pressure from different sectors of the economy, the Costa Rica government ease commercial restrictions for the cantons on orange alert of the Greater Metropolitan Areas (GAM), for the 'closed' phase of the month, from August 10 to 21. On Saturday it announced...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 540 new cases for Thursday; hospitalizations & deaths up

(QCOSTARICA) Another 560 COVID-19 infections were reported this Thursday, July 16, by the Ministry of Health. The accumulated number of cases is now 9,546. The number of hospitalizations rose to 207 (an increase of 19 over the previous day), of which 35 are in the...

28th victim of COVID-19 in Costa Rica reported

(QCOSTARICA) A 41-year-old woman, a foreigner in Costa Rica, died this morning victim of COVID-19, confirmed the Ministry of Health. She is casualty number 28. The death occurred at the San Juan de Dios hospital, where she had been hospitalized since July 10 and was...

Death 22 confirmed; Second death today Monday

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health confirmed this Monday morning death number 22 by COVID-19. This is another post-mortem COVID-19 death, that of a 51-year-old man, Costa Rica, a resident of Cartago, who died on July 2. The sample was taken in the OIJ morgue. The presumptive...

Eighth death from COVID-19 registered in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) A 75-year-old man became the eighth fatality of covid-19 in Costa Rica Wednesday afternoon. He was a resident of Alajuela and died at the San Juan de Dios Hospital, in San José. The deceased suffered from high blood pressure and was anticoagulated - he...

Immigration holding center under ‘strict isolation’ for 14 positive cases of covid-19

The Centro de Aprehensión Regional Central (CARC) - immigration holding center - located in San Francisco de Heredia, is on lockdown, following an outbreak in the center over the last couple of days, and responsible for 12 of the 13 new cases of coronavirus...

The covid19 Challenge: Returning to ‘normality’ without the emergence of infections and deaths:

The lifting of measures is starting to be seen in different countries, but not always with the best results. Singapore lifted its quarantine and opened borders. This Wednesday, Singapore health authorities reported that only this Tuesday there have been more infected than in all February...

Housing Minister proposes three types of rent moratorium due to coronavirus crisis

Housing Minister, Irene Campos, presented to legislators this Monday, a draft bill to establish various moratoriums and payment arrangements in terms of rents, both for housing and commercial, due to the coronavirus crisis. Campos handed the draft to the work table on renting, in order...

Alarming. 616 drivers fined between Saturday and Sunday for violating vehicle restriction

A total of 616 drivers were fined Saturday night, from 8 pm and 5 am this Sunday for violating the vehicular restriction; 16 of them were under the influence - drunk. The data was provided this morning by the Ministry of Public Security, after carrying...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: “Be Like Ortega,” The Viral Message in Nicaragua

The situation in Nicaragua is at its worst, a people that are slowly coming out of the April 2018 crisis, now embattled by the coronavirus pandemic. And where is its leader, the man that for decades Nicaraguans and loved and hated? I published this article...

Who Is Daniel Salas, The Man Who Tells Us To Stay Home and Wash Our Hands?

"Frequent hand washing, sneezing or coughing into your forearm or using a tissue as a permanent habit and not just measures to prevent AH1N1 flu." This text is from a 2009 report, written by the journalist Vanessa Loaiza. The source for this information: Daniel Salas...

Colombia confirms first coronavirus death

Colombia’s health ministry late on Saturday confirmed Colombia’s first death attributed to the coronavirus, as the disease continues to spread worldwide. Arnold de Jesús Ricardo Iregui is the first victim of coronavirus covid-19 in Colombia The victim was a 58-year-old man, Arnold de Jesús Ricardo Iregui,...

The Unusual Case of the FANAL

OPINION - The FANAL has temporarily stops focusing on producing its main contribution to "Costa Rica's public health", the guaro, to produce antiseptic alcohol and everyone applauds as if they would be the only company in the country do be able to do it....

M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) Go Up At San Jose Hospitals

Medical centers in the province of San José have deployed M*A*S*H (an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) tents to attend Covid-19 cases. The objective is to prevent contacts with other people and thus slow the advance of the virus.   The M*A*S*H tents will be...

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