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21 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours!

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - Without the usual fervor, one could even say "aguevado", the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, announced that 21 new cases of the coronavirus were registered over the day before. The Minister's tone was one of disappointment, mixed with frustration, appeared almost...

Waiting to get back to Costa Rica; Anxious in Brazil

Rico's Digest - One of the thousands of Costa Ricans waiting to get back home is my friend, who is in Brazil with his wife, along with several dozens others anxiously waiting for Sunday's flight back to the land of Pura Visa. Antonio Alexandre and...

When will the coronavirus emergency end in Costa Rica?

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, declared COVID-19 pandemic. On March 6, Costa Rica reported its first confirmed case, a New Yorker visiting the country. As did many countries around the world, Costa Rica declared a state...

“Embrace The Situation”, astronaut’s advice for sheltering-in-place due to the new coronavirus

As we wait patiently for what is expected to be an easing of the restrictions, that could be less staying at home, more stores and businesses open and for longer hours, here is a great video of former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who shares...

Can the covid-19 stick to clothing? Should I strip when I get home?

Rico's Digest - We've all been there. We go out to the shopping, wear the mask, the gloves to protect ourselves. I even, after placing the groceries in the trunk, wipe down the car keys, the cards before going into the waller, my phone...

Crowds of people could cause COVID-19 contagion to expand

Rico's Digest - OPINION - People aren't listening. They did under the strict measures of Semana Santa, where the strict vehicular restrictions kept vehicles off the road and stores closed, only shopping for groceries and medicines allowed. But on Monday, the first day of the...

Infected or Contaminated, What’s The Difference?

Watching the television reports, reading the online reports and social network posts, I notice the use of infected and contaminated interchangeably. I don't you about you, but the use of the term 'contaminated' for a person sick of the coronavirus covid-19 really bothers me. So much...

Effects of Costa Rica’s Physical Distancing According to Google

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - There is no doubt that the national emergency due to the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic has affected life in Costa Rica. The government has put in place measure to slow contagion, among them physical distancing, known more widely as social distancing. But...

Practical Plate Guide: Can You Drive Today?

UPDATE: Plates ALLOWED to circulate today, Sunday, April 12, from 5 am and 5 pm, only for local shopping (supermarket/pharmacy) are: Since Friday, April 3 at 5:00 pm and in effect until Sunday, April 12, at 11:59 pm, strict vehicular restrictions have been put in...

Lockdown A La Tica (Costa Rican Style)!

Rico's Digest - Costa Rica has joined the other countries of the Americas, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, many of the states in the US and Europe issuing  "stay-at-home" orders or lockdown, but Costa Rica's is a little different, "a la Tica" (Costa Rican style),...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Yes, Costa Rica IS An Island Country. And There Is Proof.

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - A team of researchers from the Universities of Costa Rica has made a stunning discovery, Costa Rica is an island country. Usually, when we talk about islands in our country the first ones that come to mind are Del Coco, Tortuga,...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: The pandemic by the numbers, where’d you rather be?

By the numbers in the Americas, perhaps, the best place to be during the covid-19 pandemic is in Latin America. Using the numbers from the United Nations official population and Worldometer and John Hopkins University on the Coronavirus COVID-19 cases, in Latin America, the countries...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Coronavirus, why are the death rates different?

Many of us are tracking the daily coronavirus infection and death rates. You may have noticed that the death rates differ greatly from country to country. Here are some of the main reasons. In Costa Rica, the number of deaths from coronavirus is relatively low...

People don’t understand, everyone it seems was in the streets on Friday

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - Despite the call from the Minister of Health and the plea by President Carlos Alvarado to stay home, it seems that people do not understand and rather took to the streets this Friday afternoon. The three major routes - Ruta 27,...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Are We Headed For Lockdown?

With some 30 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed on Thursday and I am expecting a similar number to be announced today at the noon covid-19 briefing, that could see the number of positive cases reach 300 by the Sunday, if not sooner, will...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: “Be Like Ortega,” The Viral Message in Nicaragua

The situation in Nicaragua is at its worst, a people that are slowly coming out of the April 2018 crisis, now embattled by the coronavirus pandemic. And where is its leader, the man that for decades Nicaraguans and loved and hated? I published this article...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Threatening to take away residency is ‘mala vibra’

Yesterday, the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced that as of today, March 24, any foreigner resident in the country that leaves will lose their migratory status, that is their legal residency. Although I am still working on getting the full details, the loss...

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