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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...

Minister Daniel Salas prescribed Nayib Bukele “ubicatex”

(Rico's Digest) Costa Rica's Health Minister, Daniel Salas, prescribed a good dose of "ubicatex" to the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, without even mentioning his name, with a free lesson on epidemiology. Minister Salas, who is a medical doctor with a Master's in Public...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 6 new cases and 761 total infections

The report on Wednesday on the coronavirus in Costa Rica, the Minister of Health said there were 6 new cases, bringing the total infected int he country to 761. Of the total, 356 are women and 405 are men; by nationality, 670 are Costa Ricans...

Dr. Daniel Salas, Costa Rica’s Heartthrob!

Dr. Daniel Salas, the Minister of Health, has become a heartthrob of sorts in Costa Rica, besides seeing him daily on national television, providing us an update on the coronavirus pandemic in the country, his image is everywhere, from doll figures to women's pajamas. His...

New coronavirus in Costa Rica: six new cases raise the number of confirmed to 693

Costa Ricans will learn, on Monday, April 27, the revised measures that the Government will take to gradually resume some activities, always with various restrictions in force, and without ceasing to monitor the behavior of the covid-19. Health Minister, Daniel Salas Peraza, reiterated, this Saturday,...

Minister of Health: ‘We must let go to see what happens; if not, we go backwards’

Health Minister, Dr. Daniel Salas, talks about the experiences of the 50 days of covid-19 in Costa Rica, and the numerous lessons learned. The country learned, for example, the importance of promoting teletrabajo (work from home), not only for companies and workers: also because it...

Coronavirus In Costa Rica: 681 Confirmed Cases, 180 Have Recovered

Daniel Salas, the Minister of Health, on Wednesday, alone at the briefing from Casa Presidencial, had a mellower demeanor that in days before, leaving behind the scoldings to which we had accustomed to, rating taking the time to congratulate most Costa Ricans for staying...

Should You Use A Mask? Health Minister Says “Those who want to are free to use them”

Although it is not a recommendation or order for the general population to use a mask when out and about, Health Minister, Daniel Salas, said about the use of a mask that "people who want to use them are free to use them." He indicated...

Minister of Health “Doll” All A Sensation In Times of Coronavirus

The POP figure (dolls) of Health Minister Dr. Daniel Salas became a sensation when it appeared on social media. And it is not because Salas has taken a pill of chiquitolina (reduction pill) in the best style of the Chapulín Colorado. The 8 centimeters (3...

#NoComaCuento: Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, Did Not Resign

The chain of messages circulating massively on WhatsApp that the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, resigned amid the covid-19 pandemic of the new coronavirus, is false. "It is absolutely false", confirmed the Minister of Communication, Nancy Marín, before the consultation of La Nación. “The Minister of...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 330 sick and four recovered

In the daily briefing this Monday afternoon, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, provided the latest numbers with respect to the coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica:  there are 330 confirmed cases, 16 more than the day before, four recoveries and the deaths remain at...

Who Is Daniel Salas, The Man Who Tells Us To Stay Home and Wash Our Hands?

"Frequent hand washing, sneezing or coughing into your forearm or using a tissue as a permanent habit and not just measures to prevent AH1N1 flu." This text is from a 2009 report, written by the journalist Vanessa Loaiza. The source for this information: Daniel Salas...

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