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Children’s Museum cancels its traditional lighting

QCOSTARICA - Although this year the traditional lighting of the Museo de los Niños (Children's Museum), which year after year attracted thousands of families in San José and thousands of smiles, was canceled due to the pandemic. But the Christmas lights will not be turned...

Costa Rica to buy 14 “ultra low temperature” freezers to store COVID-19 vaccines

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica began the process to acquire equipment that it will need for the future application and storage of the vaccine against the new coronavirus pandemic. Among the equipment are 14 "ultra low temperature" freezers and the construction of a cold room. "There will...

chorotega Region promotes campaign to promote mental health and prevent suicidal behavior in times of COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - Product of the joint work of the Ministry of Health (through the Health Governing Area of ​​La Cruz), Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) y la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), the campaign of promotion of mental health and prevention of suicidal behavior...

Covid-19 snatched parents from renowned CCSS surgeon

QCOSTARICA  - His heart thumped every time he reached the basement of the hospital and pressed the button for the elevator that would take him to the top floor. There, was his mother admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), fighting against covid-19. As a doctor,...

Turrialba Volcano will once again amaze visitors with guided tours from sunrise

QCOSTARICA - With a string of walks that will begin at 5 am and will continue every hour until 10 am, in groups of 17, tourists will return to the Turrialba volcano starting December 4. In this first phase, it is expected that at least...

Arrival of the vaccine against covid-19 will not replace other measures against contagion

QCOSTARICA - The pace with which COVID-19 vaccines are being developed worries some people, who fear they are not safe products. Both Leandra Abarca, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), and Pedro González, vice minister of Health,...

Dengue cases in 2020 already exceed all cases in 2019

QCOSTARICA - As the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, remarked Friday during the noon press conference from Casa Presidencial, "Dengue has not taken a break because of Covid". In the 44th epidemiological week that ended on October 31, the Minister said the country counted...

When in Rome, ‘Forbidden to talk about the coronavirus’

QWORLD - The message is clear and posted for everyone to see: "It is forbidden to talk about the coronavirus." In a small bar and cafeteria in Rome, the owner decided to offer "serenity" to her patrons by preventing them from addressing this omnipresent and...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica highest in five weeks

QCOSTARICA - The rate or speed of contagion, also called the R rate, of covid-19 in Costa Rica this last week registered its highest value in the last five. The analysis carried out by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH) indicates that, after five weeks of being...

American Airlines eliminates change fees in trips from Central America

QTRAVEL - American Airlines announced on Thursday, November 19, the immediate elimination of the US$200 fee for changing the ticket from Central and South America. Effective immediately, American Airlines is eliminating change fees for first class, business class, premium economy, and economy class tickets for...

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to vaccines

QCOSTARICA - In the midst of so much suffering, the world jumped for joy last week when the Pfizer / BioNTech companies announced that their vaccine is 95% effective against covid-19, according to the results of its clinical trial. Best of all, a similar result...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Hospital occupancy increases; there are 221 people ICU

QCOSTARICA - Though the number of new daily confirmed cases of covid-19 has remained stable, around 1,000, the number of hospitalizations and people requiring intensive care has risen sharply this past week. 514 people were reported this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health as admitted...

“Bubbles” burst due to fatigue and crisis

QCOSTARICA - We are tired. The physical and mental exhaustion of the pandemic grows exponentially, added to an economic and social crisis, ended up bursting the ‘social bubble’ put in place to protect ourselves against covid-19. Take a look around you. There are more people on...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 1,369 new cases Sunday and Monday, total now 124,592

QCOSTARICA - Despite that Casa Presidencial has reduced the coronavirus press conferences to two days a week, on Tuesdays and Friday, from the daily, the Ministry of Health continues to provide daily reports on the virus in the country. For Sunday, November 15, 726 new...

Costa Rica reserves $84 million for purchase of covid-19 vaccines

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Costa Rica plans to invest US$84 million in the purchase of vaccines against covid-19 being developed by various pharmaceutical companies. “There is an estimate that the doses will cost US$11. So the total cost, which we estimate at the Treasury,...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: Country exceeds 123,000 cases

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica added 1,100 new cases of covid-19 this Saturday, November 14, 825 of which were diagnosed with the disease through laboratory tests, meanwhile, the other 275 cases were isolated due to an epidemiological link. In this way, just over eight months after...

Costa Rica signs with AstraZeneca to supply candidate vaccine against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported that Costa Rica signed with AstraZeneca to supply one million doses of its candidate vaccine against COVID-19, AZD1222, developed together with the University of Oxford. Said million doses will cover half...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: Number of confirmed cases reaches 120,939

QCOSTARICA - On Thursday, November 12, the Minister of Health reported 1,171 new cases of COVID-19, of which 264 are by epidemiological link and 907 by testing, for a total of 120,939 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to 101 years. There are...

Government: Vehicle restriction reduces mobility, parties and crashes that saturate ICU

QCOSTARICA - The sanitary vehicular restriction has been "effective" and must be maintained as a tool to contain the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic because it reduces the mobility of people, discourages parties or night social events, and reduces crashes on the road, that have...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 118,566 confirmed cases as at November 10

QCOSTARICA - The general manager of Health on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, reported 979 new cases of COVID-19, of which 295 are by epidemiological link and 684 by testing, for a total of 118,566 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to 101...

How close is Costa Rica to getting the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine?

QCOSTARICA - The pharmaceutical Pfizer and the biotechnology company BioNTech announced, this Monday morning, the intermediate results of their clinical trial to test a possible vaccine against covid-19. The researchers indicate that there is a 90% success rate with this experimental vaccine. Pfizer is one of...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 6,392 new cases the last seven days

QCOSTARICA - After a few days of r&r, I am back with my daily reports of COVID-19 in Costa Rica. In the last seven days (November 1 to 7), the country registered 6,392 new cases, ending the week with a total of 116,363 cases since...

Observatorio Ciudadano registers 2,786 COVID-19 deaths in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Observatorio Ciudadano of Nicaragua reported this Saturday, November 7, that the number of deaths related to COVID-19 reached 2,786 accumulated this week since the first case was reported last March. According to the Observatorio, made up of doctors and volunteers who...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica continues to decline

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 continues to decline in Costa Rica, going from 0.97 a week ago to 0.94, according to the School of Medicine of the Universidad Hispanoamericana. Over at the Centro Centroamericano de Poblacion of the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR),...

Minister Salas: Covid-19 will displace heart attacks as the first cause of death this year

QCOSTARICA - Dr. Daniel Salas, the Minister of Health, would like to have a crystal ball to answer how 2020 will end, marked by COVID-19. "It is still very uncertain," he says. "What is almost certain is that COVID deaths will displace those caused by...

Coronavirus and flights: There are the airlines arriving and departing from Costa Rica as at November 2

QCOSTARICA - Though Costa Rica has, as of November 1, opened its air and maritime borders to all and land borders to foreigner residents, we and the world is still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. So, which airlines have flights to and from...

Residential electicity rates cannot subsidize lowering in other sectors

QCOSTARICA - Companies of electric generation and distribution are unable to adjust service rates to households, in search of compensation for the drop in consumption in other sectors. Marco Cordero, Energy Intendant of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep), explained that the rate methodology does...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,015 new cases for Oct 30; Health reminds to respect distancing and wear a mask

QCOSTARICA - Almost on the eve of All Souls' Day, also known as Day of the Dead, the Ministry of Health asked people who visit cemeteries to respect social distancing and wear a mask. Although the day is on Monday, November 2, cemeteries expect an...

Epidemiologists assure that we’ve reached the peak, but descent will be very slow

QCOSTARICA - At the end of June, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revealed the projections of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington on the behavior of COVID-19 for the countries in the region. These projections indicated that...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,296 new cases; country reinforces shelters for risk of floods due to tropical depression

QCOSTARICA - The General Director of Health, Priscilla Herrera, confirmed 1,296 new cases of COVID-19 for Friday, October 30, of which 275 are by epidemiological link and 1,021 by testing, for a total of 108,866 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to...

One-year-old boy with COVID-19 has been in ICU for more than a month

QCOSTARICA - A one-year-old boy with the new coronavirus, has been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Hospital Nacional de Niños (HNN) - Children's Hospital - for more than a month. The child entered the hospital on September 20 due to burns. On...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,372 new cases and 30 deaths for Sunday and Monday

QCOSTARICA - The report Monday by the Ministry of Health detailed 1,372 new cases for 48 hours from Saturday to Monday, for a total now of 104,460 of which 50,327 are women and 54,133 men. They are 87,700 Costa Ricans and 16.760 foreigners. On Sunday, there...

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