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Increase in COVID-19 cases migrated from the Northern Zone to the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) The trend of increasing cases due to COVID-19 stopped concentrating in the Northern Zone and now, the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of  San José is the site with the highest incidence. Of the 139 new cases reported Monday, 27 were in the canton of...

Costa Rica and Nicaragua: a border drawn by the covid-19 pandemic

He brought in a bag the avocados that his aunts gave him, and a pair of sandals that he bought on the other side, for the "carajilla" (young girl). He walked with his rubber boots, like any other day, through the paddocks and grasslands...

Mandatory Use of Masks Starts Today

(QCOSTARICA) The mandatory use of facemasks or face shields goes into effect, today, Saturday, June 27. On Friday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, detailed who must use of the mask and under what conditions: Any person attending the public must wear...

It’s not Europe, it’s Cartago, Costa Rica

It's not Europe,it's Cartago, Costa Rica. "Linda y bella nuestra tiquicia". Photo from Fotos antiguas de Costa Rica (Facebook)  

Sinaloa Cartel ring leader in Costa Rica is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Antonio León Rojas, a Mexican national and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Costa Rica, where he was accused of possessing, transporting, and commercializing (trafficking) cocaine. Authorities said he operated cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico through Costa...

Nicolas Maduro’s main front man, Alex Saab, is arrested in Africa

Authorities in Cape Verde have arrested a businessman, singled out by the Venezuelan opposition as the "figurehead" of President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Saturday, a move Venezuelan authorities called a violation of international law. The 48-year-old Alex Saab, a...

One important reason Costa Rica is a better retirement choice than Panama

(QCOSTARICA) After the U.S. pulled out of Panama on December 31, 1999 a gap was left in the country’s economy. One of the ways the Panamanian government tried to compensate for the loss of U.S. revenue was to try and attract foreign retirees by...

Costa Rica tells Panama that it will not receive the inter-continental migrants stranded by Covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The director immigration, Raquel Vargas, clarified to Panama that she will not receive on Costa Rican soil some 1,900 inter-continental migrants who were stranded in that country by Covid-19, after crossing the Darien jungle. Vargas held a virtual meeting this Saturday with her Panamanian...

Copa Airlines to resume flights on July 3

Panama's Copa Airlines once again has been forced to extend its announced it plans to resume flights, which is now July 3, with Costa Rica the first of some 40 destinations, half of their schedule previous the Covid-19 pandemic. Copa connects with Costa Rica through...

Ford hires company in Costa Rica for 100,000 key parts for artificial ventilators

(QCOSTARICA) The Ford Motor Company transformed one of its production lines to become an assembler of artificial ventilators for intensive care patients by covid-19. To help in this manufacturing, the company looked to a company in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The automotive giant contacted Microtechnologies Costa...

El Salvador revives the issue of the ferry with Costa Rica in the face of land border blockade

(QCOSTARICA) The control established by Costa Rica at land borders, as part of a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the response by the government of Nicaragua, causing more than 1,600 trucks to be stranded, has led businessmen in the sector to...

Costa Rican arthouse cinema reopened its doors and is bringing back customers

(Screendaily) Owners of the first arthouse cinema to reopen in Costa Rica say they have been encouraged by the response from audiences as they head into the second week of business. Cine Magaly in the capital San José opened its doors on Monday (May 11)...

24 legislators plan to postpone same-sex marriage for 18 months after pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) A group of 24 legislators presented a motion on Tuesday to ask the Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly known in Costa Rica, to extend the entry into force of same-sex marriage for at least a year and a half...

Return of Major League Baseball could benefit unemployed in Costa Rica

Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the...

Minister Daniel Salas prescribed Nayib Bukele “ubicatex”

(Rico's Digest) Costa Rica's Health Minister, Daniel Salas, prescribed a good dose of "ubicatex" to the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, without even mentioning his name, with a free lesson on epidemiology. Minister Salas, who is a medical doctor with a Master's in Public...

New Commercial Reality (May 1 to May 15)

Including the respective prevention protocols to avoid the spread of the virus, cinemas, beauty salons, auto parts sales, non-contact sports training centers, gyms and swimming schools were able to open up again as of May 1. The Ministry of Health adopted relaxed measures that will...

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose Coordinates Repatriation Flight

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer an additional commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to Houston, Texas (IAH) on Thursday, April 30. The flight will depart SJO...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Work Resumes

Construction of the US$25 million dollar bridge over the Sixaola river that will link Panama and Costa Rica resumed Monday after Panama's health ministry gave the green light to conclude the 260-meter structure that was supposed to be completed this month. The bridge is reportedly...

Feeling Worried In Costa Rica, While In Nicaragua …

Rico's Digest - I dare say that Nicaragua could become the New York or Italy in Central America, and not in the good way. The country to the north is in chaos, it's people have been abandoned by its leader, Daniel Ortega, who has not...

Nicaraguans try to enter Costa Rica through the San Juan River, despite the closure of borders

In boats of up to 50 people, Nicaraguans try to enter Costa Rica, that keeps its borders closed to them and all foreigners that are not residents. Through the Sarapiquí area in Costa Rica, many Nicaraguans have tried to enter Costa Rica illegally, despite restrictions...

Living In An Underdeveloped Country Like Costa Rica

Today, I thank God for living in an underdeveloped country like Costa Rica, where a week after the first case of the coronavirus and the UCR's school of mechanical engineering and physics had the prototypes to locally produce respirators. Where the Clodorito Picado Institute tests...

Costa Rica organizes virtual cheer tournament for Latin America

Sports has been hit by the coronavirus as all kinds of tournaments in gyms or open venues have been canceled for the moment. For this reason, the challenge of competing through virtual cheerleading was launched, a modality that arises as an option for athletes from...

The Fearsome March of 1920: A Century Ago, Costa Rica Faced Another Pandemic

The so-called Spanish flu wreaked havoc in Costa Rica exactly 100 years ago: it left almost 2,300 dead, canceled theaters and dances, postponed the school year and tested an incipient health system ... History repeats itself; any resemblance to today may not be coincidental.

NO Emergency Over Coronavirus In Nicaragua; ALL Tourists Welcome, Even From Countries With Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

While most of the world is in a pandemic over the coronavirus covid-19, in Nicaragua there is no “Emergency” and all visitors, even from countries with confirmed cases of covid-19 will have no restrictions for moving around in Nicaragua Fascade of the Fernando Velez Pais...

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

Rico's TICO BULL - As the new coronavirus (covid-19) has spread in Costa Rica, and around the world, in the past month many people are seeking supplies and essential items to cope with the pandemic. One of those items is toilet paper! Perhaps the worst...

Will warmer weather stop the spread of coronavirus?

As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, some have suggested that the approaching warmer spring weather in the northern hemisphere may slow or even stop the spread of the disease. US president Donald Trump echoed this, saying: “The heat, generally speaking, kills this...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: Confirmed Cases Now 26; Starting Monday 344 Schools To Be Closed

The number of confirmed cases with the coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica rose to 26, three more than on Thursday, 14 women and 12 men, of whom 23 are Costa Rican, ranging in age from 10 to 87. They are spread out in San José,...

Costa Rica’s largest mall looks like a “ghost town” (Photos)

"Avenida Central" or "El Bulevar" (Central Avenue) in the heart of San Jose, ceased to be "the largest mall in Costa Rica". Now you walk that boulevard and you realize more that the situation, economically speaking, is truly ugly. In each block, you can see...

New Stock Exchange Post Seeks to Operate in Costa Rica

The Bolsa Nacional de Valores (Costa Rica's National Stock Exchange) said it received a request for authorization of a new stock exchange post, which would be called Iberoamérica Capital, Puesto de Bolsa. In a press release on March 6, the Bolsa Nacional de Valores explained...

#8m #diainternacionaldelamujer in #costarica🇨🇷 (Photos)

This is how the International Woman's Day march was lived in Costa Rica

The risk of the coronavirus entering Nicaragua in case of confirmed cases in Costa Rica

The coronavirus covid-19 is getting closer and closer to Nicaragua, and the alerts increase in view of the possibility of the virus entering the country after 9 confirmed cases were detected in the neighboring country of Costa Rica. “The virus is going to enter (Nicaragua)...

Government Wants Answers From Guatemala For Restrictions On passengers from Costa Rica

After the first case of Covid-19 coronavirus was confirmed in Costa Rica on Friday, March 6, the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) issued a statement indicating that an “epidemiological clinical evaluation” will be required of all passengers arriving in Guatemala...

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