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Today Monday, vehicle restriction is unified; Orange alert cantons enter transition phase

(QCOSTARICA) As of today, Monday, August 31, the vehicular restrictions are unified throughout the country, with an extension of hours, a measure that will continue to the end of September as part of a phase of greater economic openness in the context of the...

Enraged not let in, tourist throws tantrum…He had the wrong test

(QCOSTARICA) A Spanish tourist, claiming to be a journalist, enranged at not being allowed to enter Costa Rica when he arrived on an Iberia flight, in the company of his 80-year-old mother, took the social networks posting a series of videos of the "bronca"...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,214 new cases for Aug 29, the greatest number of infections in 24 hours

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health this Saturday, August 29, reported the highest number of people infected with COVID-19 in just one day. There are 1,214 people of which 225 are by nexus and 989 by a laboratory test, bringing the total confirmed cases of COVID-19...

Health authorizes in country tests to detect COVID-19 antibodies

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica already has guidelines for the application of tests to detect if a person was exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 and if they developed antibodies. The announcement was made by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, through video, as well...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,193 new cases this Friday, the highest daily figure

(QCOSTARICA) This Friday, August 29, Costa Rica registered the highest number of new cases in 24 hours: 1,193, of which 216 are due to epidemiological nexus and 977 based on laboratory tests. That daily figure is the highest since the start of the pandemic, although...

Costa Rica’s Health Minister in Self Isolation Due to COVID

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, is in self- isolation at home until Sunday, September 6, after his father tested positive for COVID-19. The information was confirmed by the Ministry of Health, during the Tuesday afternoon press conference. Salas's father was admitted to hospital...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 643 new cases; Health updates the recovered numbers

(QCOSTARICA) The week begins with uncertainty about what measures will be applied next month to control the spread of the new coronavirus, at a time when the productive sector desperately demands flexibility to work, but the numbers of daily cases last week ranged from...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 736 new cases Sunday, Aug 23; total infections 33,820

(QCOSTARICA) Health authorities confirmed that for Sunday, August 23, the country registered 736 new cases of COVID-19, of which 54 are due to epidemiological nexus and 682 due to laboratory, for a total of 33,820 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to...

‘Instant Coffee’ COVID-19 Tests Could Be the Answer to Reopening the U.S.

(Scientific American) With the economy tanking, unemployment skyrocketing, schools slamming their doors and the Big Ten and PAC-12 conferences canceling fall football, America is a country looking for an answer to COVID-19 yesterday. And one might be available—if you can handle instant coffee rather...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: Opening phase begins with 950 more cases and eight deaths

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica reported Saturday afternoon 950 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, found in 67 of the 82 cantons, for a total of 33,084 since the first case on March 06. Of the 950, 777 were from PCR...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,059 new cases for August 21, deaths reaches 340

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported Friday afternoon 1,059 new cases of the COVID-19 in Costa Rica, the highest single-day number, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 32,134. Also reported were 12 deaths, the total now 340. The number of hospitalized reported was 403 people,...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica remains at 1.1

(QCOSTARICA) The contagion rate of COVID-19 in Costa Rica remains oscillating at levels very similar to those of a week ago, according to which each person with the virus would infect 1.1 more people, or, in other words, 10 carriers could infect 11 other. These...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 410 in hospital, 128 in ICU for Aug. 20

(QCOSTARICA) The number of COVID-19 patients in CCSS hospitals reached 410 for August 20, of which 128 are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), two more than this Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported. These most critical patients have ages ranging from one year to...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 766 new cases and 126 in ICU for August 19

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported 766 new cases for Wednesday, August 19, for a total of 30,409 since the first case on March 6. Of the 766, 182 by nexus (without requiring the diagnostic test), that is a person that lives in the same...

COVID-19: 559 more cases; Health recognizes lag in data on recovered patients

(QCOSTARICA) This Tuesday, August 18, the acting Minister of Health, Pedro González, announced that 559 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 29,643 since the first case on March 6. The Minister reported 413 people are in hospital, of which 110 are...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: Another 21-year-old dies; total deaths 304

(QCOSTARICA) In a matter of two days, two 21-year-old patients have died from COVID-19, until now the youngest fatalities of the new coronavirus, according to reports from the Ministry of Health. Among the ten deaths announce d this Monday, the young man suffered from a...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 806 new cases; 104 in ICU for this Saturday, Aug 15

(QCOSTARICA) The Deputy Minister of Health, Pedro González, reported this Saturday 806 new cases of the COVID-19 in Costa Rica, with a new total of 27,737 accumulated since March 6. Saturday's number is divided into 599 confirmed cases by testing and 207 by nexus of...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 802 new cases; 99 patients in ICU for Friday, Aug 14

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported 802 new cases on Friday, August 14, bringing the total to 26,931 since the first reported case in March. The number of active cases is now 17,865. The total recovered are 8,785 or 36.2% of all cases. The deaths due...

COVID-19 Vaccine would soon arrive in Latin America and would cost $4 dollars

(AFP) Assuming it passes successfully through the Phase 3 trials it is currently undergoing, a Covid-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in the U.K. and licensed to the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Mexico will allow its availability in Latin America, thanks to...

How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

Open windows are the simplest way to increase air flow in a room. Justin Paget / Digital Vision via Getty Images The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors, most of it from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. The best way...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 549 new cases; Dota reports infection after 159 days

(QCOSTARICA) This Wednesday, August 12, the Ministry of Health reported 549 new cases, of which 57 are due to epidemiological nexus and 492 are people who verified that they had COVID-19 through laboratory tests. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, reported that the Dota canton registered...

Indigenous Mexicans turn inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food

Zapotec farmers return from their ‘milpa,’ the garden plots that provide much of the communities’ food, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeffrey H. Cohen, CC BY-SA While the coronavirus hammers Mexico, some Indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are finding creative ways to cope. Oaxaca, one...

How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come

In late 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published its “Economic Performance of the Airline Industry” report. It contained a 2020 forecast of 4.1 per cent growth in global air traffic demand and net post-tax profits for North American airlines of US$16.5 billion. Travel...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 636 new cases; changes in alert of several cantons

(QCOSTARICA) the Ministry of Health reported Tuesday, August 11, 636 new cases of COVID-19 in the country in 59 of the 81 cantons that have at least one confirmed case reported since the beginning of the pandemic. Dota is the only canton in the country...

CCSS expects to begin human testing of equine serum in two weeks

(QCOSTARICA) The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) expects in two weeks to start human testing of the equine serum developed as a possible treatment against COVID-19. According to a statement from the UCR, CCSS officials visited the facilities of the Clodomiro Picado Institute, in...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 484 new cases, 7 deaths reported for August 9

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported this Sunday, August 9, 484 new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, bringing the total number of cases to 23,286. Of the new cases announced today, 447 correspond to cases confirmed by PCR test and the other 37 correspond...

Maids, guards, construction workers and informal merchants at higher risk for COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) More than half of those that become infected with COVID-19 are people who work the fields, construction, domestic workers (maids), gardeners, handymen, guards, and informal vendors. They typically between 20 and 49 years age, the age group with the most reported positive cases in...

Coronavirus: 18 deaths associated with COVID-19 in 24 hours

(QCOSTARICA) As the closure phase approaches for the orange areas of the country, mainly the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the pressure for more flexible measures increases. Similarly, infections continue to increase. And so are deaths associated with the COVID-19. This Friday, August 7,  the Ministry of...

Costa Rica reaches 200 dead five months into pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) This Thursday, August 6, five months since the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Costa Rica, the country reports 200 deaths. A month ago, on July 6, the total number of fatalities due to COVID-19 was 23; up from 10 a...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: More than 20,000 cases; 100 patients in ICU

(QCOSTARICA) At one day away from the first caser five months after the first COVID-19 patient was reported in Costa Rica, the cumulative number of infections surpassed 20,000. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, reported that with the new 580 patients confirmed for this Wednesday, the...

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...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 788 new cases Sunday; 26-year-old dies and a 14-year-old in ICU

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported this Sunday, August 2, 788 new cases of the coronavirus in Costa Rica, bringing the total to 18,975. A total of 4,585 have recovered and the number of active cases has risen to 14,288. 366 people are in hospital, of...

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