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Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday, June 25, Germany will allow entry of travelers from Costa Rica as long as they meet a series of requirements, stated the German embassy website in Costa Rica. According to the requirements, only travelers...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of Physicians completes negotiations with the United States Government for the donation of more than one and a half million doses...

On Monday the vehicle restriction will change, again

QCOSTARICA - In times of pandemic, things change constantly, especially when it is necessary to tighten the belt to reduce the contagion of covid-19. The vehicle restriction is one of the strategies that the Ministry of Health defends tooth and nail because it ensures that...

Should the vaccination against covid-19 be opened?

QCOSTARICA - Six months after the start of vaccination against covid-19, will it be time to open the campaign to those who want to protect themselves against this disease, without age or risk limits? Five specialists were consulted: pediatric immunologist and director of the Hospital...

Your cell phone can now notify you if you had contact with a positive case of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Fifteen months after the national emergency against covid-19 was declared, Costa Ricans will have a digital platform where you can be notified if you had contact with a positive case. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICITT) reported...

Today’s Covid News: Restrictions allowed a decrease in Covid-19 and prevented hospital collapse

QCOSTARICA - A moderate decline in new cases for the third consecutive week allowed the hospital system to avoid the dreaded collapse and rapid increase in deaths. The vehicle restriction, the suspension of the school year, the monitoring of business hours and the reduction of...

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on Thursday that establishes the requirements to request the vaccination certificate against covid-19 in Costa Rica and abroad. This procedure can be done online, using this form. To prove identity, the Ministry requests to include a...

Today’s Covid News: Contagion rate in Costa Rica remains unchanged in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica in the last week did not change, a fact that is seen for the first time in the weekly analysis of the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH). However, the fact that it remains static, in this case,...

Today’s Covid News: A slight drop in new cases and deaths is seen

QCOSTARICA - Faced with wasting a vaccine dose when people in the priority groups scheduled do not show up, and a substitute cannot be located, people without any risk factor, can advance their vaccination against covid-19. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas Peraza, confirmed to...

Seven out of ten over 58 years have been fully vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports that 70.3% of people over 58 years of age, the so-called Group 2 of vaccination prioritization, in Costa Rica already have their complete two-dose schedule of vaccine against covid-19; 86% of them have received...

Costa Rica cannot feel safe from covid-19 before having about 80% of population vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - No doubt, vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to maintain control of Covid-19, but when it comes to entire populations, it takes time for the vaccines, the results are not immediately reflected when the percentage of people vaccinated is still...

Bukele advisers tried to leave Costa Rica with false covid-19 tests

QCOSTARICA - Two Costa Ricans who advise the government of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele were arrested this Tuesday at the Juan Santamaría (San Jose) airport for providing false evidence of covid-19 to justify their departure from the country to El Salvador. The Air Surveillance Service,...

Planning to travel? You will only be certified as vaccinated if you received doses in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Do you need a certificate of the COVID-19 vaccines applied in Costa Rica?  People who require a certificate that certifies the receipt of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can request it digitally from the Ministry of Health. However, those who got vaccinated...

Bus stops could be a covid-19 contagion bomb

QCOSTARICA - It's five in the afternoon on any given Wednesday in San José. Hundreds of people returning to their homes begin to crowd a narrow sidewalk in the capital that was improvised as a bus stop for the San José - Los Guido...

Costa Rica receives 204,000 doses of covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica received this Sunday morning, June 6, the second direct shipment from AstraZeneca of vaccines against covid-19. The flight landed at 11:05 am at the San Jose airport with 204,000 doses. So far, the country has received 408,000 doses of the one...

Puntarenas is the only province with a covid-19 infection rate greater than 1

QCOSTARICA - Puntarenas is the only province in the country that has a contagion rate or "r" rate greater than 1. This is detailed in the latest report on the situation of the pandemic given by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH) and analyzed by epidemiologist Rónald...

Parking lots, a bull ring and shopping centers among the vaccination centers on Saturday

QCOSTARICA - Vaccination centers against covid-19 were transformed this Saturday to be able to vaccinate more people. Universities, civic centers, parking lots and even a bull ring were all part of the different places that were adapted. In total, 89 health areas had their workers...

Government promises to speed up vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A total of 700,000 doses against covid-19 were applied across the country in May. A month earlier, health centers had applied 565,000 doses. For the Minister of Communication, Agustín Castro, these figures show that the speed of the vaccination process is increasing. At a...

Costa Rica exceeds goal of arrival of vaccines for June

QCOSTARICA - The projections of having more than 2.2 million doses by the end of June were Thursday tonight with the arrival of 79,560 doses to the country. As Costa Rica today has received2,228,085 doses. "This figure represents hope and resilience for a country committed to...

12 to 16 year olds, with and without risk factors, can be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Health authorities announced Tuesday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for people between 12 and 16 years old, who from now on are included in group 3 (with risk factors) and in group 5 (without risk factors). The decision was made by...

“Respect that I am talking. Respect me!” Salas gets into shouting with legislator

QCOSTARICA - “Respect, that am I talking. Respect me!,” demanded the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, from the legislator of the National Integration Party (PIN), Wálter Muñoz, while he tried to answer his questions. The incident occurred this Monday, at noon, when Salas, after being...

Could a simple pill beat COVID-19? Pfizer is giving it a go

While the focus has been largely on vaccines, you might have also heard Pfizer is trialling a pill to treat COVID-19. It almost sounds too good to be true. Indeed, the results are very preliminary — but it’s a promising approach. Where most antiviral agents we’ve...

Covid or coronapás passport: ever closer to their existence (on a massive scale)

Q REPORTS - What is a ‘covid passport’; or sanitary passport of vaccination against covid-19; or vaccination passport? The best way to describe it is as a health certificate that verifies the immunization of a person, in the middle of the pandemic. It is not...

15,544 people were vaccinated against covid-19 in Costa Rica this weekend

QCOSTARICA - Doña Eribeth Vargas Arce, a neighbor of the Corazón de Jesús neighborhood in Barva de Heredia, arrived very early at the Oxigeno mall to receive her first dose against covid-19. “My children were all happy, every time they asked me if I had...

Panama provides field hospital to support emergency care in Heredia

QCOSTARICA - The government of Panama provided a mobile hospital, or field hospital, to support the care of the pandemic in Costa Rica. The equipment, which will be installed in the San Vicente de Paúl Hospital, in Heredia, left Panama on Saturday for Costa Rica,...

Repeating ‘Semana Santa’ effect could be fatal in this pandemic wave

QCOSTARICA - If people flock to the beaches during the mid-term holidays, which run from June 28 to July 9, it is very likely that Costa Rica will again suffer the so-called “Semana Santa” effect, whose hangover is still strong pressure on health services. This...

One more week of “odds” and “evens”

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, announced this Friday afternoon that current vehicle restriction with alternation between odd and even plates throughout the national territory will continue until June 6. In the same way, the capacity limits (aforos in Spanish) will be also...

Today’s Covid News: New covid cases and deaths continue high; contagion rate drops below 1

QCOSTARICA - While the number of new daily cases continues over 2,000, save for drops on weekends (typically Sundays and Mondays), the greater concern is the high level of hospitalizations, in particular patients requiring an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This past six days, from Saturday,...

Are we close to a pill to combat covid-19?

Will pharmacies soon have covid-19 drugs on their shelves? After vaccines, drug companies are now in the race to develop a treatment that can be taken at home with a glass of water as soon as symptoms appear. Because although prevention is better than cure,...

CCSS will test anyone who has mild symptoms for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Feeling under the weather, have a cough or runny nose, fatigued, weak, nauseous, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing? Or suspect you may have covid? The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will now perform antigen tests on people with suspected covid-19 who have mild...

Costa Rica expects to exceed one million vaccinated against covid-19 by the end of June

QCOSTARICA - They summoned him for an appearance. Then they stood him up. So, Dr. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, took to social media to deliver his message, defending on Facebook the purchase plan for vaccines against covid-19, a message he was prepared to...

CCSS applied almost 206,000 doses of vaccine against covid-19 in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) applied 205,902 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 in the last seven days. This is the week (May 17-23) that more vaccines have been applied since the campaign began, on December 23, 2020; an amount of ...

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