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New vehicle restrictions apply starting Tuesday, here’s what you should know

QCOSTARICA - As announced on Saturday, the new vehicular restrictions will go into effect tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27. Here is what you should know. The nighttime vehicular restrictions begin at 9:00 pm, instead of 11 pm, and run until 5:00 am. The restriction is from Monday to...

Vehicle restrictions back this weekend!

QCOSTARICA - The sharp increase in the number of new daily cases of covid and people requiring hospitalization is the reason for the bringing back the vehicular restrictions on the weekends, explained Health Minister, Daniel Salas. Starting this weekend, Saturday, April 17, only vehicles with...

National Police will monitor compliance with capacities and restriction of vehicles due to the increase in covid-19 cases

QCOSTARICA - The increase in covid-19 cases forces the Ministry of Security to intensify actions to verify compliance with sanitary measures. Daniel Calderón, director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), explained, during the press conference on Monday, that operations will be carried out to verify...

Minister of Health will criminally denounce doctors who refuse to be vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, said on Tuesday during the press conference from Casa Presidencial, he will go to court to criminally denounce all first responders who refuse to be vaccinated against covid-19, without having a valid justification. Salas argues that these...

Can you choose which vaccine to receive?

QCOSTARICA - Right now, Costa Rica only has the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine, thus the question, if you can choose which vaccine against covid-19 to receive, does not yet apply. When the time comes, the country receives vaccines against covid-19 from other pharmaceuticals, according to the Minister...

Postponing travel is the best decision at this time: Daniel Salas

QCOSTARICA - At days to Semana Santa (Easter Week), Costa Rica's Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, asks Costa Rican planning to travel during the holidays to postpone if at all possible. "People who have to travel and who can postpone it is a recommendation...

Health minister Daniel Salas asks people not to go “loco” during Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, in one of his rare television appearances of late, took the opportunity during the weekly press conference from Casa Presidencial, to for responsibility and asked people not to go "loco" during Semana Santa to prevent...

Live press conference on the pandemic will now be weekly

QCOSTARICA - A year into the pandemic, the government is throttling back on the press conferences to update the evolution of the pandemic. From the first days after March 6, 2020, of the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in the country, every day (including Sundays),...

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...

#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...

Presidency denies departure of Minister of Health: Salas is on vacation

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas Peraza, did not resign from his position. He is only enjoying "a well-deserved vacation," said the Presidency. The Executive cleard up rumors that had circulated since early in the afternoon of this Tuesday, which spoke about an...

Daniel Salas: “If people start dying in their homes, we will have to tighten closures”

QCOSTARICA - Many are waiting for the arrival of 2021, thinking that with the vaccine against Covid-19 it is the end of the pandemic. However, January will not have major changes: the Government will continue to implement the sanitary vehicle restriction and even if Covid-19...

Unions of doctors and nurses demand “immediate confinement” until the New Year

QCOSTARICA - "We demand to increase restrictive measures," is among the demands of five unions that group together health workers on Health Minister Daniel Salas, for the population "from now until the New Year." The petition aims to alleviate the pressure caused by the pandemic...

Costa Rica Persons of the year: Health Minister Daniel Salas who longs for the end of the pandemic to hug his mother

QCOSTARICA - It was on March 9 that Dr. Daniel Salas Peraza celebrated his 43rd birthday. A Monday. Three days after Costa Rica registered its first cases of covid-19. That day he faced the country to say that there were now nine confirmed cases...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 1,187 new cases for Friday; concern for rise in hospitalizations

QCOSTARICA - Alone at the conference table from Casa Presidencial, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, made the rare appearance lately to provide us with the latest report on the pandemic. In the last couple of months, Dr. Salas has rarely appeared at the conference...

“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...

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...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: Intense scolding (regañazo) from the Minister of Health

QCOSTARICA - It's been some time since the Minister of Health himself, Daniel Salas, took part in the daily noon press conference from Casa Presidencial. His demeanor, even behind the face mask, was clear that he had more in mind than giving the daily epidiomological...

The death of Dr. Salas’ father comes at a difficult time

RICO'S DIGEST -  I have no doubt that this is a moment of great weight for the majority in Costa Rica who identify with Dr. Daniel Salas, especially when there is the possibility that his father may have been part of the list of...

Father of Minister of Health Dies

(QCOSTARICA) The father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, died this Wednesday and confirmed to the press 7:55 am. “We confirm the unfortunate death of the father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. As it is a personal issue, we will not delve...

Father of Minister of Health Dies

(QCOSTARICA) The father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, died this Wednesday and confirmed to the press 7:55 am. “We confirm the unfortunate death of the father of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. As it is a personal issue, we will not delve...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: New cases increase daily, new record for hospitalizations

(QCOSTARICA) The number of new daily cases over 1,000 seems to be common now, with yesterday's 1,121 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, bringing the total to 43,305 since March 6. By age, we have 39,288 adults (of which 2,783 seniors) and 3,837...

No health report Sunday. When the cat is away…

Rico's COVID Digest - If you been looking for Sunday's Health report, there isn't one. Yes, sir, none. For the first time since the pandemic hit Costa Rica on March 6. Earlier in the week, Casa Presidencial announced there would be no report on Sunday,...

Costa Rica’s Health Minister in Self Isolation Due to COVID

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, is in self- isolation at home until Sunday, September 6, after his father tested positive for COVID-19. The information was confirmed by the Ministry of Health, during the Tuesday afternoon press conference. Salas's father was admitted to hospital...

Daniel Salas: “We know there is discomfort in merchants, but we have to avoid further contagion”

(QCOSTARICA) The hammer and dance (martillo y la danza) strategy used by the government of Carlos Alvarado has generated discomfort among different productive sectors, Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, acknowledged on Wednesday. However, the minister said that the restrictive measures will be maintained for the...

Record one-day COVID-19 deaths in Costa Rica: 4 people

(QCOSTARICA) This Monday, Costa Rica had the highest number of deaths in a single day from the coronavirus. Three men and a woman, aged between 43 and 81 years, died of COVID-19 while they were hospitalized. The first death occurred at dawn, at the Hospital...

Daniel Salas affirms that the country can still flatten the curve

(QCOSTARICA) Although the 294 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday will force the country to step back on measures to reopen, Health Minister, Daniel Salas, affirms that there is still time to contain or flatten the contagion curve. Visibly distressed by the epidemiological situation, Salas...

Government does not provide open data on COVID-19 vital for making decisions

(QCOSTARICA) Why are the mathematical models and statistical data used by the Ministry of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic important? What has been repeatedly requested are the mathematical models used to generate the projections, not people data or patient details. But why is this...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 152 new cases; phase 3 reopening starts today

(QCOSTARICA) While the number of new cases daily continues with numbers, gone are the days not long ago when cases where the low two digits, the new norm is now the mid three digits: Friday 152 new cases were added for a total accumulated...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 64 new cases, face masks mandadory

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, at the noon presser on Monday said that starting  Saturday, June 27, the use of face masks or shields will be mandatory for people who carry out the following activities. Employees who serve the...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 86 new cases; baby shower adds 15 positive cases and eight suspected

(QCOSTARICA) A baby shower - té de canastilla in Spanish -  last week in Pavas, San José, added 15 infections and 8 suspected of some 50 people in attendance and police had to break up a 'quinceñera' party in Alajuelita are the new concern...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 52 new cases, total now 1796

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported Tuesday 52 new patients with COVID-19 were diagnosed in the country between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning; the number of total infections reaching 1,796 people. According to Dr. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, 794 people have recovered, the number...

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