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COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,556 new cases, deaths now reach 686

(QCOSTARICA.COM) The number of new cases reported by the Ministry of Health for September 17 is 1,556, for a total of confirmed cases since the first on March 6, is 62,374. The number of active cases continues on the rise, with 38,520 (61.8%). Meanwhile, recoveries lag...

Funeral homes in times of pandemic: the painful challenge of the last goodbye to the COVID-19 deceased

(QCOSTARICA) A young man observes crying from the gate of the cemetery the moment in which his mother is buried. He is an only child, so he has no sibling in which he can take refuge and there is no one else present by...

Costa Rica has the fourth highest Latin American reproduction rate of COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica closed the month of August with the fourth-highest COVID-19 reproduction rate in Latin America, surpassed only by Argentina, Guatemala, and Honduras. On August 31, the country registered a figure of 1.19, which means that someone infected spreads the virus to more than...

Enraged not let in, tourist throws tantrum…He had the wrong test

(QCOSTARICA) A Spanish tourist, claiming to be a journalist, enranged at not being allowed to enter Costa Rica when he arrived on an Iberia flight, in the company of his 80-year-old mother, took the social networks posting a series of videos of the "bronca"...

If masks prevent the COVID-19 spread, then why do doctors and nurses get infected?

(RICO'S COVID-19) If masks prevent the spread of the coronavirus, why do doctors and nurses often get infected while wearing all the PPE, including masks? A question that is commonly used by those against using a mask, even in the midst of a rise in...

COVID-19: 559 more cases; Health recognizes lag in data on recovered patients

(QCOSTARICA) This Tuesday, August 18, the acting Minister of Health, Pedro González, announced that 559 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 29,643 since the first case on March 6. The Minister reported 413 people are in hospital, of which 110 are...

COVID-19 Vaccine would soon arrive in Latin America and would cost $4 dollars

(AFP) Assuming it passes successfully through the Phase 3 trials it is currently undergoing, a Covid-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in the U.K. and licensed to the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Mexico will allow its availability in Latin America, thanks to...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 826 new cases Thursday; IMAS will help pay for funerals in poor families

(QCOSTARICA) Low-income families with a death due to COVID-19 will have access to aid from the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS) to pay for funerals. The announcement was made this Thursday by Juan Luis Bermúdez, executive president of IMAS and minister of Human Development...

COVID-19 left Escazu without a municipal police

(QCOSTARICA) The canton of Escazu will be without a municipal police force until August 19, after a positive case of COVID-19 in an official was confirmed. Since Friday night last, the municipality temporarily suspended all police services. “It is known that, despite all the measures...

Indigenous Mexicans turn inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food

Zapotec farmers return from their ‘milpa,’ the garden plots that provide much of the communities’ food, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeffrey H. Cohen, CC BY-SA While the coronavirus hammers Mexico, some Indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are finding creative ways to cope. Oaxaca, one...

How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come

In late 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published its “Economic Performance of the Airline Industry” report. It contained a 2020 forecast of 4.1 per cent growth in global air traffic demand and net post-tax profits for North American airlines of US$16.5 billion. Travel...

Tourists can now enter the country with international insurance!!!

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado; and the ministers of Health, Daniel Salas; and Public Safety, Michael Soto, issued an Executive Decree this Wednesday to allow tourists who want to travel to Costa Rica to use an insurance policy for COVID-19 issued abroad, that...

Costa Rican scientists developed drug that stops the coronavirus

(QCOSTARICA) Carlos Araya, the rector of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), reported that scientists at the Clodomiro Picado Institute managed to produce a treatment that neutralizes the coronavirus. This means that, when applied, it prevents people with COVID-19 from getting worse. Tico scientists have...

Ortega says he’s got the virus under control!

(TODAY NICARAGUA) On Sunday, July 22, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega made a rare appearance, at which he announced that the country’s death toll was low and that the pandemic had not affected Nicaragua’s health system – as had happened in “capitalist” countries. Ortega said agricultural...

The data speak: Stronger pandemic response yields better economic recovery

In a March 2020 article by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), the study using data from the flu pandemic that swept the U.S. in 1918-1919, finds cities that acted more emphatically to limit social and civic interactions had more economic growth following the...

COVID-19 Costa rica: country exceeds 15,000 infections and totals 104 deaths

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica exceeded 15,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus this Sunday, with the addition of 629 new cases that shoot up the cumulative total to 15,229. Health Minister Daniel Salas also reported this Sunday six more deaths from the day before, for a...

Costa Rica preparing for worst yet to come: more ICU beds and corpse containers

(QCOSTARICA) The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is preparing for the worst of the pandemic that could hit Costa Rica very shortly. The president of the CCSS or Caja, Roman Macaya, announced at Saturday's noon presser that 2 floors of the Calderon Guardia hospital...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 931 new cases and 11 new deaths for July 25

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health confirmed this Saturday, July 25, 931 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 14,600 for the first case in March; and 11 deaths, among them a 41-year-old Costa Rican woman with no...

Why we can’t tell if warmer weather slows down the spread of coronavirus

(The Conversation) Many people believe that warm weather protects us from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. The concept of “catching a cold” in summer is counter-intuitive. Yet what does the data say about the effect of the weather on the spread of the coronavirus? In...

“The world will be divided into groups with and without Covid-19 vaccine,” says former WHO virologist

(QCOSTARICA) The first COVID-19 vaccines could be ready by early next year, a record speed for science. However, their access will not be the same for everyone. This was explained by Klaus Stohr, one of the most reputed virologists on the planet. He is an...

Doctor of the Calderón Guardia: ‘On this stretcher lies a deceased by COVID-19, it is not a statistic ‘

(QCOSTARICA) The image is impacting. Dr. Alejandro Moya Álvarez posted on social networks the photo fo two health officials standing next to a stretcher on which is the body a COVID-19 victim. "On this stretcher lies a deceased by COVID-19. This person is not a...

COVID-19 In Costa Rica: Two new deaths and 446 infections

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported this Tuesday, July 14, 446 new cases in the last 24 hours, reaching an accumulated 8,482 positive cases of COVID-19. With the addition of the canton of Rio Cuatro, Alajuela, the coronavirus is now in 81 of the country's...

Man takes off facemask to spit at passengers

(QCOSTARICA) A bus with 38 people traveling from Peñas Blancas (northern border) to San Jose had to be escorted by the Fuerza Publica (national police) to the San Ramón Hospital, as among its passengers was a Nicaraguan who had symptoms related to Covid-19. En route,...

Hypertension, obesity and diabetes: The deadly combination of COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) As Health authorities in Costa Rica have pointed, risk factors that are a deadly combination with COVID-19. Almost all the people who have died in the country (31 as of this Monday) from this virus had a "combo" of these diseases. According to data...

Link to the Epidemiological Data form required for travel to Costa Rica

(QTRAVEL) Until August 1. 2020, entry requirements permit only Costa Rican citizens, Costa Rican residents who departed Costa Rica PRIOR to March 24, those whose residency is in process who departed Costa Rica PRIOR to March 24, minor children of Costa Rican citizens, and...

Reactive and non-proactive measures to deal with the health emergency will be announced Friday

(QCOSTARICA) Despite the fact that at the noon presser President Carlos Alvarado assured that he would announce the new restrictions to face the peak of COVID-19 cases, late Thursday night it was announced that it would be on Friday. This Thursday the Ministry of Health...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 649 new cases in 24 hrs, the largest increase

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported this Thursday the greatest increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 649 new infections. Thus, the country exceeded its projections and reached 6,485 confirmed cases that according to the models prepared by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 107 hospitalized and 245 new infections

(QCOSTARICA) Hospitalizations reached their highest number since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday with 107 patients, most of them admitted to the Specialized Center for the Care of Covid-19 (Ceaco), in La Uruca. The number of patients in medical centers increased by 19 in...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 310 new cases Saturday, country reaches 4,621 infections

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, reported Saturday, July 4, 310 new cases of the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the singled highest day recorded so far. Since March 6, the day the first COVID-19 infection appeared, the country has registered 4,621cases. Of...

New strain of coronavirus spreads faster than original: study

The variation of COVID-19 currently dominating global cases is more infectious than the original strain that emerged in China, according to a new study published Thursday in the scientific journal Cell. Results of lab-based research published in the journal suggested that the current mutation is...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: Record high of 190 cases in 24 hrs and 44 in hospital

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported today, Tuesday, June 30, a record high of 190 new cases in 24 hours, for accumulated total cases of 3,459. The high number today included 45 new cases detected in Pavas in the massive screening of 1,000 random people...

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...

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