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5 cantons register less than 10 active cases of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Five of the 82 cantons of Costa Rica register fewer than 10 active cases of covid-19 to this date, according to the most recent official statistics of the Ministry of Health, to March 3. These are the cantons of Hojancha (2 cases), Dota...

CCSS reports 149,812 vaccines applied against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports applying a total of 149,812 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national application rate of 2.90 per 100 inhabitants; this according to the Vaccination Information System (SIVA) as of February 26, 2021.   As explained by Dr....

Contagion rate rises 13.3% in one week

QCOSTARICA - Though the number of new cases daily of covid-19 has been "stable" this past week, the contagion or R rate rose to above 1. The R rate, according to the report according to the epidemiological report of the Research Coordination of the School...

CNE: 19 cantons maintain a high risk of contagion

QCOSTARICA - In total, 19 cantons in six provinces maintain a high risk of contagion by COVID-19, according to the last update from the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies (CNE) after the review of the last epidemiological week carried out...

Costa Rica confirms presence of coronavirus variants emerged in UK and South Africa

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica already reports variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 that emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa and that constitute "variants of concern" for science because they show a greater probability of infection or of reducing the efficacy...

Minister Salas: 4 factors influence the drop in new covid-19 cases in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is on the verge its seventh consecutive week with a decrease in new cases of covid-19. Between Saturday (February 20)  and Monday (February 21), 996 new cases were reported: 549 on Saturday, 239 on Sunday and 208 on Monday, figures that...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Lowest number of hospitalized in the last seven months

QCOSTARICA - The downward trend of new cases continues. With that the number of people in hospital, numbers not seen since July last year. This Friday, February 19, the Ministry of Health reported  289 people occupied a hospital bed due to complications from covid-19. The last...

58 or older? This you what should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

QCOSTARICA -  On Tuesday this week, a new batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer arrived, and with that began vaccination of people of 58 years old or more. The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud (National Commission of Vaccination and Epidemiology...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica rises slightly, but new cases continue to decline

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica rose slightly in the last week according to the most recent analysis by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH), going from 0.83 to 0.9. However, analysts consider that this increase is not necessarily bad news, since the...

Disinfecting tables, doors or supermarket purchases is of little use against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Cleaning and disinfecting with alcohol, several times a day, tables, doorknobs, desks, and any other surface in the home; sanitizing grocery bags and groceries, or bathe and change clothes as soon as you get home, are all practices common during the first...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: New coronavirus: Country registers steep drop in deaths; Health reports 16 in the last three days

RICO's COVID DIGEST - It's almost as if covid-19 took a break, resulting in the drop in the daily number of new cases and deaths. Hospitalizations have also dropped to levels not seen in many, many months. With the respect to deaths associated with covid-19,...

80% of the vaccines that Costa Rica will receive in February will be for people over 58 years of age

QCOSTARICA - Given that the delivery of vaccines against Covid-19 are suspended until the second half of February, the Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE) - National Commission for Vaccination and Epidemiology - made a variation in the distribution of the immunization campaign. The...

Costa Rica will continue to vaccinate vulnerable groups while Pfizer resumes shipments in mid-February

QCOSTARICA - Health authorities said on Thursday they will maintain the vaccination against COVID-19 of vulnerable groups despite the notification from Pfizer it would resume vaccine shipments to the country in mid-February. The Ministry of Health assured that all those people who received their first...

Legislators approve budget to ensure vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Legislative Assembly approved Tuesday afternoon the first extraordinary budget for the fiscal year of 2021, which ensures ¢40.5 billion colones for the purchase of vaccines against covid-19. The endorsement, in the first debate, was unanimous with the vote of the 45 legislators...

‘Inappropriate conduct’ in December influenced the increase in the contagion rate

QCOSTARICA - "We are in an increase in the pandemic in Costa Rica, caused, among other things, by inappropriate citizen behavior during the month of December," is now Ronald Evans, a doctor and epidemiologist who coordinates the Research Unit of the Hispano-American University, summarized...

People over 80 will be a priority in the second stage of vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - When Costa Rica begins covid-19 vaccination of group 2, of those 58 years old and over, priority will be given to those aged 80 and over. This was one of the announcements made Wednesday by Roberto Arroba Tijerino, technical secretary of the National...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 181,093 cases and 2,367 deaths

RICO'S COVID19 DIGEST - Costa Rica has accumulated 181,093 cases of Covid-19 since the first cases last March, the Ministry of Health reported this Tuesday. In its twice-weekly reports, the interim minister of Health, Roberto Gonzalez, reported 1,032 new cases for Tuesday, January 12. Of the...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Latest report for Januay 10

QCOSTARICA - It's been some days since I have posted a new report on the covid-19 situation in Costa Rica. It's not for the lack of interest, though the concern of the earlier months seems to have dissipated, not that I am not being...

Covid-19 contagion rate ‘decreases moderately’ at the end of the year in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The latest report from the Research Unit of the Universidad Hispanoamericana School of Medicine reports that the contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica "decreased moderately." According to the analysis, between Sunday, December 20 and Saturday, December 26, the contagion rate at the...

End-of-year celebrations threaten to trigger COVID-19 infections and saturate hospitals

QCOSTARICA - January and February will be critical months for medical services in Costa Rica, with an increased risk of collapse in hospital services for patients than ever before during this health crisis. Experts in infectology, epidemiology, and demography predict that the number of infections,...

Crisis drowns restaurants and bars as entrepreneurs struggle to survive

QCOSTARICA - During 2020, the bar and restaurant sector had to reinvent itself to assimilate the blow caused by the covid-19 pandemic and stay alive. However, the crisis arrived and left a deep scar, about 30% of the businesses will not reopen their doors. This...

Ceaco Director: Many took “vacations” from the pandemic and we will pay the bill in January

QCOSTARICA - The true impact of the December holidays and social gatherings will be seen in January and the expected results are negative, according to Dr. Roberto Aguilar Tassara, director of the National Rehabilitation Center (Cenare), which became the Patient Care Center. with Covid-19...

Health finds eight probable cases of covid-19 reinfection in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported, this Wednesday, December 30, of eight probable cases of reinfection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19 after analyzing 10 people suspected, five are men and five women, aged 19 to 55, one of them died. The finding...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: country will receive 33,150 vaccines per week during January

QCOSTARICA - It's been days since we've gotten any numbers on the state of the covid-19. The last report published was on Thursday, December 24. Though Friday, December 25, was a holiday, there was not the usual report. We will chalk up the lack of...

Costa Rican scientists find a common coronavirus variant in our country: neither more contagious, nor more aggressive nor more lethal

QCOSTARICA - A potentially more contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2 found in the United Kingdom caused the dynamics of European countries to change, resulting in suspended flights, requiring testing from travelers, limited ground transportation and greater restrictions. Different variants of the virus circulate in the world,...

Landed: First covid-19 vaccines arrive from Belgium by DHL

QCOSTARICA - At 9:12 pm Wednesday, December 23, the first batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed in Costa Rica, on a flight DHL flight from Belgium. These are the first 9,750 doses of the drug developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Next week 11,700 more doses,...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: CCSS prepares 2.5 million vaccination cards for those immunized against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - All who are vaccinated against covid-19 starting in the coming months will receive a card with a record of the vaccination. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) - is preparing the document for 2.5 million...

Who is first to be vaccinated in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Seniors and long-stay center workers, as well as first responders, will be the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica starting next year. “The health teams are already waiting for the delivery of this product to start vaccination. Very soon we...

Covid-19 vaccine will be sold in Costa Rican pharmacies in the second half of 2021, predicts AstraZeneca

QCOSTARICA - The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine against the new coronavirus will be on sale in Costa Rican pharmacies in the second half of 2021, predicts the pharmaceutical company. In this way, the pharmaceutical company based in the United Kingdom advanced it before...

Pfizer clarifies: arrival Covid-19 vaccine to Costa Rica depends on the Health authorities

QCOSTARICA - Pfizer clarified the issue of the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica after one of its spokespersons told Noticias Monumental that the arrival would be in December. "The statements of Bárbara García, senior director of Supply Chain for Latin America at...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Hospitalizations reach critical, recoveries almost 80%

QCOSTARICA - The covid-19 situation in Costa Rica has reached critical proportion in terms of hospitalizations, while the number of new cases remains stable and recoveries is now 79.2% On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported 629 patients in hospital with covid-19, of which 246...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica Tuesday, December 15

QCOSTARICA - It's been a few days since the last update on covid-19 in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Health now providing updates on Tuesdays and Fridays only. And though daily each evening during the week the Ministry of Health updates the numbers for the...

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