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Covid or coronapás passport: ever closer to their existence (on a massive scale)

Q REPORTS - What is a ‘covid passport’; or sanitary passport of vaccination against covid-19; or vaccination passport? The best way to describe it is as a health certificate that verifies the immunization of a person, in the middle of the pandemic. It is not...

3,173 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours; 26 deaths

QCOSTARICA - The country registered a new record of covid-19 infections this Wednesday, reaching 3,173 confirmed cases in a period of 24 hours. The figure exceeds the 2,781 cases reported on April 29, the day on which the highest number of those affected by the...

Three thousand hospitalized by the end of May, UCR projects

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported 1,280 people in hospital with covid-19, of which 466 of them in an ICU, aged between 17 to 86 years. Numbers that have been seen before in the history of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social...

27-year-old connected to an ‘artificial lung’ for 111 days after infected with covid-19

QCOSTARICA - In contrast to the belief that only the old get deadly sick after being infected with covid-19, a 27-year-old old and a healthy man before SARS-CoV-2 has accumulated so far 111 days connected to a device popularly known as an "artificial lung". Technically,...

Costa Rica has appllied almost one million vaccines

QCOSTARICA - At the beginning of this month of May, Costa Rica has applied almost a million vaccines, as announced by President Carlos Alvarado on his Twitter account. While the president stated the country has surpassed the million mark, the numbers from the Caja Costarricense...

Today’s Covid News: 2,555 new cases on Wednesday; 1,123 in hospital

QCOSTARICA - Following a drop of new cases of covid-19 over the long weekend, the ugly head of the virus resurfaced on Wednesday with 2,555 new cases, as reported by the Ministry of Health in the early evening. While the number of covid patients in...

Today’s Covid News: Daily cases of COVID-19 continues to decline; young adults most infected

QCOSTARICA - After breaking all records last week, the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 in Costa Rica continues on the decline, according to the numbers released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday. However, there continues concern of the pressure on health services...

Today’s Covid News: New record of cases broken again, 2,434 in 24 hours

QCOSTARICA - The health emergency due to covid-19 once again breaks records in Costa Rica, this Wednesday the Ministry of Health reported 2,434 new infections in the last 24 hours, the new highest figure in the 14 months of the pandemic. The country now has...

‘The party can wait,’ says the CCSS in social media campaign

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is using social media to get the message home, to stay at home in the face of an increase in massive events, attended in the majority by younger people, and one of the reasons for...

Caja ran out of space to transfer 13 patients requiring an ICU

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) ran out of space to transfer 13 patients who are in different hospitals around the country and require an Intensive Services Unit (ICU). This was confirmed by the Medical Manager of the CCSS, Dr. Mario Ruiz,...

Historic: Record cases of covid-19 in a single day and hospitalizations

QCOSTARICA - While we have yet to get the complete epidemiological report, the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, reported for this Tuesday afternoon, 1,927 new cases of covid-19 and 18 deaths. This brings the total for the week of Wednesday, April 21 to Tuesday,...

Today’s Coronavirus News: 4,310 new cases and 32 deaths in 3 days

QCOSTARICA - A total of 4,310 new cases and 25 deaths associated with covid-19 were reported in the last 3 days, from Saturday, April 24, to Monday, April 26, with the record-breaking 1,830 new cases for a single day on Saturday. Last week, the record...

If ICU beds at Caja hopistals are none, can private hospital beds be used?

QCOSTARICA - Authorities from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) warned on Saturday that, if the rate of COVID-19 infections continues with the demand on hospitalizations, the collapse of hospital services is imminent. If the limited number of beds in the Intensive Care Units...

Costa Rica could face hospital collapse within a month

QCOSTARICA - If Costa Rica keeps the current pace of covid-19 infections over the next month, the country could face a hospital collapse. This is indicated by an analysis by the Centro Centroamericano de Población de la Universidad de Costa Rica (CCP-UCR) - Central American...

Business sector fears not being able to bear another ‘hammer’ blow

QCOSTARICA - Through campaigns on social networks and a call for the inspection of sanitary measures, the business sector closes ranks to ask the population to take care of covid-19, and at the same time, it tries to prevent the Government from increasing vehicle...

Health workers obliged to be vaccinated against Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) announced Friday through a statement that health workers must comply with the mandatory vaccination against covid-19. However, the CCSS did not specify which personnel must comply with the order. The general manager of the CCSS, Roberto Cervantes...

Today’s Coronavirus News: Friday record in ICU to covid-19 and the second highest number in daily cases

QCOSTARICA - This Friday, April 23, 2021, shortly after 6:00 pm, the Ministry of Health reported the second-highest number of covid-19 cases in a single day: 1,656. This number was surpassed with 1,776 the previous day. This was also the day that more people are...

Pfizer Says NO to Private Clinics in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The plan made known public this Thursday that private clinics in Costa Rica had started the process to sell the vaccine against covid-19 got a shot in the arm by Pfizer, maker of one of the most coveted covid vaccines worldwide and...

Shortness of breath and five other symptoms that warrant getting medical attention

QCOSTARICA - Most people who get covid-19 experience it as mild, temporary respiratory infection, with symptoms like coughing, a fever, and shortness of breath; however, five out of every hundred people who catch the new coronavirus get severe pneumonia in both lungs, end up...

Four hospitals in Costa Rica out of ICU beds to treat critical covid-19 patients

QCOSTARICA - The four major hospitals of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the San Juan de Dios and Calderón Guardia in San Jose, San Rafael de Alajuela and San Vicente de Paúl in Heredia, have no beds for new covid-19 patients requiring critical intensive...

Costa Rica breaks record: 1,776 covid-19 cases in a single day

QCOSTARICA - Thursday, April 22, was a record breaking day for covid-19 cases in Costa Rica when the country registered the highest number of cases in a single day, 1,776. This is the highest number reported in a single day since the start of the...

Private sale of the Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica seen difficult in the short term

QCOSTARICA - Private clinics and pharmacies are in the possibility of starting the processes to sell vaccines against covid-19 in Costa Rica, however, the possibility of bringing and registering the drugs in the country is complicated. Roberto Arroba Tijerino, National Coordinator of Immunizations of the...

More Costa Ricans Vaccinated Than Total of COVID Cases

QCOSTARICA - More than 247,000 people in Costa Rica have received their two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, surpassing the country’s 233,000 COVID-19 cases reported during the pandemic. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), also known as the "Caja", reports 697,237 doses applied, of...

CCSS receives donation of 10,000 vials of fentanyl from El Salvador

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will receive a donation of 10,000 vials of fentanyl from the Ministry of Health of El Salvador. The donation was made within the framework of coordination between health agencies in the region through the Executive Secretariat...

Hospitalizations of under 50s with covid-19 concerning

QCOSTARICA - In addition to the concern of the sharp increase in cases this week as Costa Rica is hit with the third wave of covid-19, the hospitalization of increasingly young covid-19 patients generates growing concern among health authorities and specialists. These are patients who...

CDC recommends US citizens travel fully vaccinated to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised the alert about Covid-19 in Costa Rica to the maximum category. This means that the probability of getting Covid-19 in our country is very high and all Americans should avoid traveling to Costa Rica, warns...

Today’s coronavirus news: ICUs overloaded, occupancy for critically ill with covid-19 reaches 85%

QCOSTARICA - The number of patients with covid-19 is advancing by leaps and bounds. This Monday, 571 people were hospitalized, 263 in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The maximum capacity at the moment in the hospitals of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is...

3,157 new cases confirmed in 3 days!

RICO's COVID DIGEST - While for many bringing back the vehicle restriction measures on the weekends was a surprise, not here, I expected that and even for the weekdays (outside San Jose) which may still come. The reasoning for this is the spike in the...

Vehicle restrictions back this weekend!

QCOSTARICA - The sharp increase in the number of new daily cases of covid and people requiring hospitalization is the reason for the bringing back the vehicular restrictions on the weekends, explained Health Minister, Daniel Salas. Starting this weekend, Saturday, April 17, only vehicles with...

The Pandemic: Epidemiological report April 13, 2021

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica added 891 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, April 10, 482 on Sunday, April 11, 469 on Monday, April 12, and 957 cases today, Tuesday, April 13, with an accumulated total of 225,343 COVID-19 cases since March 2020. In total, we have 111,505...

CCSS has applied 587 thousand vaccines against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA -  The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)  - Costa Rican Social Security Fund - registers the application of 586,799 vaccines against covid-19, which allows the country to achieve a national vaccination rate of 11.37 per 100 inhabitants. According to data from the Sistema...

Contagion rate increases to 1.45 and shows that the country is entering a ‘new pandemic wave’

QCOSTARICA - The contagion or "R" rate for this Monday in Costa Rica reached 1.45, according to the analysis carried out by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH). On Friday, April 9, the Hispanoamericana University (UH), reported an R rate of 0.83, the lowest value in the...

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