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COVID-10 Costa Rica: 768 new cases, 10 deaths in 24 hours

Updated: The initial report by the Ministry of Health was of 10 deaths between Wednesday and Friday. Subsequently, the report was updated to 9, the death of 49-year-old Costa Rican man was removed, without explanations. (QCOSTARICA) The number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in...

Why we can’t tell if warmer weather slows down the spread of coronavirus

(The Conversation) Many people believe that warm weather protects us from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. The concept of “catching a cold” in summer is counter-intuitive. Yet what does the data say about the effect of the weather on the spread of the coronavirus? In...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 550 new cases Wednesday

(QCOSTARICA) This Wednesday the number of cases doubled that of Tuesday, with the Minister of Health report of 550 new infections in Costa Rica. The figures that are most worrying, however, are hospitalizations that is now at 285 people, 13 more in the last 24...

“The world will be divided into groups with and without Covid-19 vaccine,” says former WHO virologist

(QCOSTARICA) The first COVID-19 vaccines could be ready by early next year, a record speed for science. However, their access will not be the same for everyone. This was explained by Klaus Stohr, one of the most reputed virologists on the planet. He is an...

Costa Rica’s Clodomiro Picado Institute Tests First Batches of Drug Against COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) The first two batches of a potential drug to treat COVID-19 produced by the Clodomiro Picado Institute of the University of Costa Rica (ICP-UCR) are ready for quality control tests. The treatment was obtained through the inoculation of proteins against the virus in horses,...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 277 new cases Tuesday; government calls for dialogue and calm to sectors that demand reactivation

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica registered this Tuesday 277 new cases of COVID-19, a figure significantly lower than those reported in recent days that have fluctuated between 400 and 600. The accumulated number of infections is now 11,811. Currently, there are 272 people in hospitals due to...

Costa Rica exceeds 10,000 cases with 582 new infections; seven more deaths in 24 hours

(QCOSTARICA) The cumulative number of COVID-19 infections in Costa Rica reached 10,551 cases this Saturday, with the addition of 589 new patients with the virus. In his report, the director of Health Surveillance of the Ministry of Health, Rodrigo Marín, indicated that, in addition, between...

3 million In Costa Rica remain under the “hammer” to prevent hospitals collapse

(QCOSTARICA) Due to the increased number of new infections and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the government has decided to continue to apply the "hammer". On Friday, the government announced that 34 cantons of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), where 2,967,000...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 5 deaths in 24 hours, total now 47

(QCOSTARICA) In its daily report, the Ministry of Health today, Friday, July 17, reported 5 deaths in the last 24 hours. Authorities have yet to provide details of the fatalities. However, one of the victims would be a 23-year-old, according to the institution in a press...

Costa Rica records death number 37 from covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) On Tuesday night, the Ministry of Health reported the death number 37 of a COVID-19 patient. This is a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed on July 2 and admitted a day later to intensive care at the San Juan de Dios Hospital. The deceased, a...

Doctor of the Calderón Guardia: ‘On this stretcher lies a deceased by COVID-19, it is not a statistic ‘

(QCOSTARICA) The image is impacting. Dr. Alejandro Moya Álvarez posted on social networks the photo fo two health officials standing next to a stretcher on which is the body a COVID-19 victim. "On this stretcher lies a deceased by COVID-19. This person is not a...

COVID-19 In Costa Rica: Two new deaths and 446 infections

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported this Tuesday, July 14, 446 new cases in the last 24 hours, reaching an accumulated 8,482 positive cases of COVID-19. With the addition of the canton of Rio Cuatro, Alajuela, the coronavirus is now in 81 of the country's...

Record one-day COVID-19 deaths in Costa Rica: 4 people

(QCOSTARICA) This Monday, Costa Rica had the highest number of deaths in a single day from the coronavirus. Three men and a woman, aged between 43 and 81 years, died of COVID-19 while they were hospitalized. The first death occurred at dawn, at the Hospital...

COVID-19 death toll rises to 32

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica this afternoon recorded death number 32 of a COVID-19 patient, a 72-year-old man Costa Rican man, a resident of San José. The death occurred at the Calderón Guardia Hospital where he had been hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since July...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 365 new cases, hospitaliztions hits new record, 140

(QCOSTARICA) The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica continues to be in the hundreds daily, on Sunday the Ministry of Health reporting 365 new cases, for an accumulated total of 7,596. The number of patients in hospital continues to climb as well,...

‘Post mortem’ test confirms Costa Rica’s victim 27 of covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health announced on Friday night that, as a result of a sample taken in the Judicial morgue, the death number 27 of a COVID-19 patient was detected. This is a 45-year-old man from the Limón province of Costa Rica. Health reported that,...

Link to the Epidemiological Data form required for travel to Costa Rica

(QTRAVEL) Until August 1. 2020, entry requirements permit only Costa Rican citizens, Costa Rican residents who departed Costa Rica PRIOR to March 24, those whose residency is in process who departed Costa Rica PRIOR to March 24, minor children of Costa Rican citizens, and...

Time to change the message!

(QCOSTARICA) "The pandemic is not killing us but the quality of information they give us," say experts urging the Government of Carlos Alvarado to change its communication strategy with which it is attacking COVID-19, as the increase in cases in recent weeks shows that...

Reactive and non-proactive measures to deal with the health emergency will be announced Friday

(QCOSTARICA) Despite the fact that at the noon presser President Carlos Alvarado assured that he would announce the new restrictions to face the peak of COVID-19 cases, late Thursday night it was announced that it would be on Friday. This Thursday the Ministry of Health...

Coronavirus: Costa Rica, from example to deterioration

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica, which in March, April and May became one of the Latin American champions in combating the coronavirus with Uruguay and Paraguay, began to give way rapidly in June in a deterioration that worsened in July and predicted implacable sanitary turbulence for...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 350 new cases

(QCOSTARICA) Case records don't last long. This Wednesday another 350 confirmed infections were reported in the last 24 hours. According to the information provided by the Ministry of Health, with this figure, the cumulative total of 5,836 affected people has been reached in the more...

COVID-19 deaths in Costa Rica climb to 25

(QCOSTARICA) Two deaths by COVID-19 were recorded on Wednesday, July 8, for an accumulated total of 25. Death 24 was announced at the noon presser by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. As the family had not been contacted yet, the Minister did not provide...

This is Central America, Still OK in Costa Rica

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - In the last couple of weeks, we've had a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, adding more than 4,000 new cases, 5x and more hospitalizations and doubling the number of deceased, in the last month alone. But, when we compare to our...

Costa Rica COVID-19 contagion rate among the highest in Latin America

(QCOSTARICA) In the last two weeks, in Costa Rica, we have seen daily reports of COVID-19 cases rise from the no longer the same 30 or 40 that were used to hearing two months ago; now they are over 200 and even 300 per...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 107 hospitalized and 245 new infections

(QCOSTARICA) Hospitalizations reached their highest number since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday with 107 patients, most of them admitted to the Specialized Center for the Care of Covid-19 (Ceaco), in La Uruca. The number of patients in medical centers increased by 19 in...

Neither more deaths nor growth of COVID-19 infections slow down the “fiestas”

(QCOSTARICA) In just six days in July, seven deaths were reported in Costa Rica, associated with COVID-19, the week prior there were 4, for a total of 11 in nine days, bringing the deaths to 23 since the start of the health emergency in...

Hypertension and diabetes most frequent risk factors in deaths of COVID-19 patients

(QCOSTARICA) Eight of the 23 deaths of COVID-19 patients suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes, six suffered from high blood pressure, both diseases being the most common risk factors among COVID-19 deaths. Another common risk factor is age. Of the total deaths, 18 people are...

In chase of asymptomatics, Alajuelita targeted first

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 1,850 people are the target of the massive random testing that the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will be carrying out, in the canton of Alajuelita, on the south side of San Jose, from this Monday to July 8. Dr....

3rd death by COVID-19 today Monday: total now 23

(QCOSTARICA) The number of deaths increased today, Monday, July 6, 4 months after the first case of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, to 23, with the three deaths recorded today. The patient is a 92-year-old woman, Costa Rican, a resident of San Jose. The woman was admitted...

COVID-19 Patients over 40 spend up to 11 days in hospital

(QCOSTARICA) COVID-19 patients over 40 years of age spend on average up to 11 days hospitalized in Costa Rica's medical centers. The president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), Román Macaya, warned of the situation and asked that people follow strict protocols to...

Number of COVID-19 patients doubled in two weeks of disobedience

(QCOSTARICA) on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21, and with 15 weeks into the pandemic, the Ministry of Health, reported 2,213 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica and 12 deaths. Just two weeks after that report, on July 5, the number had grown to 4,996...

Costa Rica reaches 20 deaths from covid-19: new victim spent 20 days in intensive care

(QCOSTARICA) Sunday afternoon, victim 20 of the new coronavirus was registered. This is a 43-year-old foreigner who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, both risk factors for COVID-19. As reported by the Ministry of Health, the death occurred at the Calderón Guardia Hospital, where...

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