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Costa Rica pays tribute to the deceased and survivors of the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Friday night, Costa Rica paid tribute to the memory of all the people who have lost their lives due to the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Specialized Center for the Care of Patients with COVID-19 (CEACO), was illuminated for the occasion,...

More than 193,000 vaccines have already been applied

QCOSTARICA - From the start of the vaccination program against covid-19 on December 24, 2020, 193,273 doses have already been applied countrywide.   Of this total, 142,049 are the first applications and 51,224 to the second. So far, all the vaccines received are those produced by...

In the first year of the pandemic, Costa Rica has the fifth lowest mortality from covid-19 in Latin America

QCOSTARICA -  How has Costa Rica done during its first year in the fight against covid-19? If you ask the demographer Luis Rosero Bixby, he will say that the most important indicators to determine it are related to deaths. "We can measure the severity of...

‘We want to work!’: Entertainment industry cries out to Government

QCOSTARICA - After a year of no work, engineers, technicians, producers, cleaners, food and beverage personnel, among others, held a peaceful march this Thursday morning, March 4, to ask the government authorities to reopen the entertainment industry in Costa Rich. All dressed in black, representatives...

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...

Government rules out, for now, toughening sanitary measures for Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - This Semana Santa, if the number of daily new cases continues on its current trend, we will not see the harsh sanitary restrictions of last year. At least that is the word for now from the government of Carlos Alvarado, as they do...

24 Travelers found with false covid-19 test at San Jose airport

QCOSTARICA - A total of 24 travelers, so far, face problems with the law when discovered trying to leave Costa Rica, through the San Jose airport, with a fake covid-19 test. Though Costa Rica does not require a covid test to leave the country by...

Tourist visas extended to June 2, 2021

QCOSTARICA - Before I get into my opinion of the irresponsible actions of the immigration service and the ICT, good news for tourists who entered Costa Rica on or after December 17, 2019, and November 30, 2020, the March 2, 2021, leave the country...

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....

In a week, Costa Rica off and on the list of risk countries in Spain for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Spain had excluded Costa Rica from the list of risk countries to enter by air for presenting a negative covid-19 test (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, or TMA) before arrival. As of February 22, Costa Rica remained off the list that includes countries in Latin America...

97 labs test those who need to leave the country for covid-19 antigens

QCOSTARICA - Need to leave the country and require a test to detect SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes covid-19? The Cámara Costarricense de la Salud CCS - PROMED (Costa Rican Chamber of Health) confirmed that 97 private laboratories are already capable of performing the test...

Costa Rica extends restrictions of its land borders until April 1

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will extend the restrictions of its land borders until April 1, confirmed Casa Presidencial (Government House) on Thursday. As in the past months, based on the approach to the national state of emergency by covid-19, only Costa Ricans and foreigners who...

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...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources of tourists by air to Costa Rica, are part of the obstacles that delay the reactivation of international tourism. Despite this,...

Almost a million people over 58 must be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Almost a million people aged 58 and over, throughout the country, are targeted by the Caja's health centers to be vaccinated against covid-19 in the coming weeks. They are part of the second group identified by the technical teams of the Ministry of...

Costa Rica received the largest batch of covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday: 92,430 doses

QCOSTARICA - A new batch of vaccines of 92,430 doses, and the largest received since December against covid-19, arrived Tuesday, as part of the deliveries from Pfizer-BioNTech. With this the seventh shipment, second of this month after Pfizer renewed deliveries last week, the country accumulates...

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...

569 people participate in a study to evaluate the body’s defenses against Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - 569 people from different communities in the country have been part of the study “Evaluación de la respuesta inmune al Covid-19 en Costa Rica" (RESPIRA) - Evaluation of the immune response to Covid-19 in Costa Rica. The research seeks to estimate the prevalence...

Restaurant owners applaud the end of the daytime restriction on weekends

QCOSTARICA - The elimination of the daytime sanitary vehicle restrictions in less than a week, given the drop in infections and hospitalizations due to covid-19, is applauded by the commercial sector. The president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants (Cacore), Jorge Figueroa, said, “It's...

The Costa Rica saliva test to detect COVID-19 would also help in cases of malaria, zika and dengue

QCOSTARICA - On Friday, February 5, 2021, the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) held a virtual symposium in which mathematicians, biologists, communicators, doctors and microbiologists (national and international) met to discuss a transcendental issue: what is the scope? and importance of the new RT-LAMP...

Demographer: ‘Costa Rica is experiencing a paradoxical scenario: drop in cases of covid-19 and increase in the contagion rate’

QCOSTARICA - "We are experiencing the paradoxical situation of reduction in the number of daily cases at the same time that we have an increase in the contagion rate," are the words of demographer and public health specialist, Luis Rosero Bixby, from the Central...

Assaults and robberies fell 62% in the San Jose during start of 2021

QCOSTARICA - In the first 44 days of 2021, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) - Ministry of Public Security - reports a 62% decrease in assaults, thefts, and robberies in the central area of ​​San José. For example, pedestrian assaults fell from 255 between...

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...

Bogotá, Medellín and Cali: the cities with the most violations of measures against covid-19

QCOLOMBIA – Since the mandatory isolation began in Colombia, 1,400,387 finess have been imposed throughout the country for failing to comply with the measures decreed by President Iván Duque, the mayors, and governors to contain the spread of covid-19. The sanctions were due to non-compliance...

How Chile became an unlikely winner in the COVID-19 vaccine race

At first glance, it may seem that the race to acquire COVID-19 vaccines has been won by western nations. But alongside the UK, Canada, USA and EU, another country has also secured a high number of doses relative to its population – Chile. To date,...

Global weekly COVID cases are falling, WHO says — but ‘if we stop fighting it on any front, it will come roaring back’

The number of reported global weekly COVID cases is falling and has dropped nearly 50% this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said overnight. This incredibly encouraging news shows the power of public health measures — but we must remain vigilant. Letting our guard...

Drop in covid-19 cases is not only occurring in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In recent weeks, Costa Rica has experienced a reduction both in the number of reported new cases of covid-19 and in its contagion rate, that is, the speed with which transmission occurs. Only in the last week, the reduction was 20.6%. But the...

El Salvador gets its first batch of covid-19 vaccines

Q24N - On Wednesday, El Salvador, received its first batch - 20,000 doses - of the AstraZeneca vaccines, allowing the country to begin immunizing health personnel at a time when the pandemic is showing a decline, Health Minister Francisco Alabí reported. From India, the vaccines...

#DEBUNKED: Carlos Alvarado, Daniel Salas and Román Macaya will be vaccinated when it is their turn

QCOSTARICA - It is a lie that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado; Minister of Health, Daniel Salas; and the executive president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), Román Macaya, do not want to get the vaccine against Covid-19, as stated in a...

79,560 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 arrived!

QCOSTARICA - Tuesday night Costa Rica received a shipment of 79,560 doses, the largest single shipment so far, of the vaccine against covid-19 from Pfizer. With this sixth batch, the total of vaccines received by Costa Rica is 183,885 doses, which will allow to continue...

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...

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